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