Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G: AMOLED Not Retina

By Peter Chubb - Jun 30, 2010

Samsung launched its new range of Galaxy S smartphones in New York yesterday and Sprint is to take possession of one – the Epic 4G. This will be the second 4G handset and will complement its popular HTC EVO. The first thing that you will notice with the new handset is its AMOLED screen, which Samsung believe is every bit as good at Apple’s Retina display.

That 4-inch AMOLED screen is now a staple diet on Samsung handsets, but we feel that it is a letdown when you compare this screen technology next to Apple’s retina technology from the iPhone 4. There is no denying how crisp the image is, but Joanna Stern from Engadget has yet to test it in direct sunlight.

We recently reported that the Epic 4G is Samsung’s version of the HTC EVO 4G – well apart from it being a slide-out. The Korean consumer electronics maker hopes that Sprint customers will prefer theirs to the EVO and they could be right. This latest handset could appeal to social media types as it has a slide-out keyboard.

Other features include the 1GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung and a 5-megapixel camera. The Epic 4G will get the Android 2.2 Froyo update, but not from the factory – we reported that it will be made available later this year.

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Also See: Samsung Epic 4G: Android 2.2 Froyo Update – New Release Date


    "Epic 4G is Samsung’s version of the HTC EVO 4G"
    Much like the IPhone 4 is Apple's version of the HTC EVO 4G. That is to say not at all.

    Bury non-Apple products in your pseudo reviews much?

  • Thank you with regard to the details, I ‘m truly looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G, even though I have always been extremely interested in gizmos, for a long time I have already been looking for my very first smartphone and I did not acquire it yet. The actual reasons are really simple: each couple of months there is a revolution in the marketplace (tough to consider!) and prices here in Brazil are really abusive. Maybe I would enter this world in excellent style with a Samsung Epic 4G. I hope so.

  • Florin

    apple fanboy..

  • Guest

    How could Super Amoled which is a better display technology than the IPS technology on a bigger screen be a let down? Super Amoled has better colors, much higher contrast, better motion resolution, and is more power efficient than the LCD IPS screens. One thing the IPS screen in the ipone4 has is a sharper looking image and that is overshadowed by the the small screen on the iphone4. If the Iphone4 was screen was as big as the samsung screen it would be less sharp and be even worst than it currently is!

  • Guest

    It's SuperAMOLED which is different and fares better than AMOLED in sunlight, and people acknowledge that it has better color and saturation than the retina display. Apple's IPS display has more pixel density however.

    When it comes down to it, it depends on how far your eyes are from the screen if it's going to make a huge difference. SuperAMOLED at 480×800 is right now the next best thing to the Retina display. Not really objective to call it "a bit of a letdown" unless you're an apple fanboy. Particularly since I'd much have a slightly less-pixel dense screen, as a trade for being on a better network with no weird antenna problems depending on how I hold the phone. That's just me.