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Sprint said it was coming, and lo and behold, the carrier has proven to be true to its word. Here on the final day of September, the year 2010, Sprint has issued a highly anticipated firmware update for the Epic 4G. We’re told that it’ll be pushed automatically to phones, bringing along four major fixes: WiFi standby battery drain, Amazon MP3 cannot download in 4G, large emails lag in upload speeds and increased 3G upload speeds. The new version is S:D700.0.5S.DI18, should take seven or eight minutes to download and will be beamed across The Now Network over the course of the next few days. Is that a congregation celebrating off in the middle distance? Sure is.

Samsung looks to be taking a queue from Sony and People of Lava, in that there next interest with Android might be to start using the Google OS in their future TVs.  Currently, Samsung uses their own Bada operating system for their smart televisions, but seeing how fast the consumer is adopting Android, this may change.  Samsung has already sold over 1 million 3D TVs in the US Market, but it looks like 3D isn’t going to be the only selling point in the next generation TV market.

The CDMA-equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab has so far been nothing more than a sticker in a random snapshot and some whispers about Verizon, but Boy Genius Report is saying that the Tab’s also bound forSprint‘s network this November, on both its 3G and 4G (i.e. WiMAX) network — à la the Galaxy SEpic 4G. No word from Sammy HQ on this one, but it’s worth noting that in our briefing, a Samsung rep mentioned that an American carrier could put Qik on it and, well, that’s kind of Sprint’s thing.

Well the phone is coming officially on August 31st. Pre orders start tomorrow which is August 12. The price of the phone is $249.99 after an instant rebate and mail in rebate. I think i will pick me one up i like the Galaxy S phones. Please let me know what do you think ? Is this one going to be better then the EVO or not ?

Here is a video of the phone from sprint:

Samsung quietly expands its 3D Blu-ray player lineup with a few updated models — Engadget.

Today we were talking about how the Intercept was starting to make its way into bits and pieces of Sprint’s system, but now, the announcement’s here and it’s the real deal. Most notably, the Android-powered landscape QWERTY slider will go to market for under $100 (by a penny, anyway) on contract after rebate, making it a value-oriented alternative for the monsters like theEVO 4G and Epic 4G that Sprint is pushing on the high end. Of course, if you pay a midrange price, you’re going to get midrange features; the 3.2 megapixel cam with video capture, isn’t going to blow anyone away, and amazingly, Sammy has gone with an EV-DO Rev. 0 radio (as opposed to Rev. A) which means you’ll be limping along with slower data speeds than you’d expect from your average modern CDMA smartphone. Look for it to hit Sprint’s site and stores starting this Sunday, July 11.

Samsung’s US team held a swanky event in NYC this evening to launch all four of its new US-spec Galaxy Sphones in style. If you haven’t been brought up to speed on Samsung’s stateside Android invasion, theCaptivate is headed to AT&T, the Fascinate to Verizon, the Epic 4G to Sprint and the Vibrant to T-Mobile. Each of the phones have 4-inch Super AMOLED screens, 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 CPUs, and cams that can capture 720p video. We’ve already got detailed hands on impressions of the Captivate and Epic 4G, but stay tuned for Fascinate and Vibrant previews tonight.

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.