Some big news just broke as Sprint announced on its promotional page for the Samsung Epic 4G that it will launch August 31 for $249. No, that is not the price before the MIR; in fact, $249 is the price after $150 instant savings and after a $100 MIR. The pricing for the Samsung Epic 4G is interesting because nearly every other major smartphone sells for $199 on its debut launch. The Epic 4G will be available for purchase in Best Buy, RadioShack, Wal-Mart, and of course Sprint retailers starting August 31. Starting August 13, Sprint will allow customers to reserve an Epic 4G — while supplies last — and then purchase the reserved phone sometime between August 31 and 6 P.M. on September 1. While it’s not the typical pre-order process, it does serve the same purpose. The Epic 4G features a four inch Super AMOLED display, slider keyboard, front facing camera, Android 2.1, and will be upgraded to Android 2.2 in the coming months. Here are some additional key features of the Epic 4G:
Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor supports amazing 3-D graphics, faster upload and download times and the full richness of HD-like multimedia content Dual camera: 5 MP camera/camcorder with autofocus, power LED flash and 4x digital zoom for photos and HD video1 (720p) video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video chat and more Visual Voicemail Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience Android Market for access to more than 65,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience Wi-Fi(R) b/g/n 1500 mAh removable battery
Personally, I’m still surprised Sprint is going to sell the Epic 4G for $249. Even though it looks like a great phone, I think the uncommon price tag will surprise many users and may deter some from purchasing it.