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Hardware: The Epic may not have a 4.3-inch screen like the Droid X or EVO, but at 4 inches, it’s close — and for all practical purposes, it appears to be just as large. The slide-out physical keyboard doesn’t add as much girth as we expected, though it still adds to the height of the phone. While the curved edges give it a similar look to the Galaxy S we’ve seen overseas, it has four touch sensitive buttons along the bottom instead of those physical buttons. Oh, and about that physical keyboard, it’s pretty glorious — the keys are slightly raised and there’s a bit of space between each of them. We have to admit it looks a bit odd to have a keyboard with such a big screen, but if anything it’s a throw back to UMPCs or MIDs. Overall, though, the phone felt quite sturdy.

Screen: The Epic 4G has the same 4-inch Super AMOLED display as the Galaxy S and Captivate. But we aren’t letting that diminish our love of it — every time we see it we are pretty blown away by the crispness. Yet again, we didn’t get to test the display in sunlight, but indoors it was seriously bright, albeit glossy. (Oh, and if you missed it, check out our head-to-head between Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen and Apple’s Retina display.)

Software: The Epic 4G will run Android 2.1 at launch, but Sprint tells us it will be rolling out the 2.2 update not too long after it hits the market. Just like the Captivate, it has the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, which isn’t too distracting and actually polishes up Android a bit. It’s also preloaded with Swype and Qik as well as a few Sprint applications — including the mobile hotspot app, notably. Speaking of Qik, we did confirm that the Epic 4G has a VGA front facing cam, while the one on it’s backside will take 5 megapixel shots.

Performance: Unlike the early version of the Captivate that we saw, the Epic 4G’s 1GHz Hummingbird CPU was zippy. As you will see in the video, scrolling was super snappy and there was no noticeable lag in opening applications like Amazon’s Kindle app or firing up the camcorder. Video playback also looked super smooth. Sprint’s still not giving out information on pricing or availability, though we’re told the price will be aggressive and the handset will be available before the end of Summer.

On that note, until we get our hands on a review unit, we leave you with a brief, standard def video of what’s clearly shaping up to be Sprint’s Android phone of the month:

via Samsung Epic 4G preview — Engadget.


Motorola Flipout ready to twist and shout on AT&T

The Android phone with the most interesting form factor appears headed for AT&T. Our friends over at Android Central are reporting that a tipster has informed them the Motorola Flipout has already been sent out to testers and should launch soon.

Motorola’s Flipout features one of the smallest displays for an Android phone at 2.8 inches, but it’s 600 MHz OMAP3410 processor is based on a ARM Cortex-A8 core which makes it faster than most mid-range devices. Early reports on the Flipout also suggested it had 256 MB of RAM, but theofficial product page indicates that has been doubled to 512 MB.

I could see the twist-out design turning off some users, but the Flipout features some of the most beefy specs for a mid-range Android device. I’m glad to see Motorola using the OMAP3410 processor which is powerful enough to run Flash 10.1 (if the phone is upgraded to Android 2.2).

Given that the Flipout is already in testers’ hands with a firmware that looks final, expect the Flipout to launch later this summer (July-August).

Highlights of the Motorola FLIPOUT include:

  • 2.8 inch QVGA display (320×420)
  • 600 MHz processor TI OMAP3410
  • 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • 3.1 MP camera
  • Five row QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 1170 mAh Li Ion
  • Android 2.1 with Motoblur