The Samsung Epic 4G is the second phone from Sprint to take advantage of their speedier 4G service, the original being the EVO 4G. The Epic 4G is part of Samsung’s Galaxy S line of Android smartphones, although visually it’s a departure from others like the Samsung Captivate, Fascinate, and Vibrant from other carriers. You do still get the TouchWiz 3.0 interface, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and the 4-inch Super AMOLED display. So what’s different, aside from the phone being able to access Sprint’s 4G network? Well, it’s a Galaxy S phone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. So, is it worth your time—and more importantly—your money? We’ve got our full review for you, so click on through.
Sony Ericsson’s Hikaru Walkman-branded phone has been outed with plenty of high-end features. The slider has a 2.6-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera, 8GB memory and Walkman player 4.0. Add to that stereo speakers, dedicated music keys and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plans are to release the Hikaru phone before Q2 although no exact date or price has been mentioned, but our best guess is that will be high-end as well.
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Sony Ericsson new CyberShot slider phone was oddly enough code-named Frances. (We wonder if this will start a trend.) The C903 has 2.4-inch TFT screen with 320x240p resolution, A-GPS, an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and active lens cover. Included are capabilities in other CyberShot phones such as PhotoFix, Face Detection and Smile Shutter. Available in a choice of 2 colors, Frances should make its debut at the end of Q2.
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Samsung is making some strides with its slider DVB-H Mobile TV Phone. It features a 2.6-inch QVGA TFT screen with 262K colors, a 3 mp cam with power LED, a music player with library, an FM tuner, and Bang & Olufsen ICEPower tech for sound. With up to 5 hours of play, there is also an electronic service guide with TV channels and PIP, and Time-Shifting in case you are interrupted by a call. Unfortunately, the thin 16.7mm P960 will start out in Europe before it hits the States.
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Alltel will be offering LG’s new Glimmer under the name of AX830. Though not as catchy a title, the slider phone has a 2.8” WQVGA (240x400 pixel) touchscreen, a 2.0 megapixel cam with video recording, and a microSD slot. At a size of 4.0 x 2.1 x 0.6-inches and a weight of only 4.5 oz, the Glimmer offers EV-DO support and Bluetooth 2.1 capability. The phone comes with a price of $249.99 with rebates and 2-year contract. Check with
Alltel for availability in your area.
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Samsung has unveiled its SGH-F400. Working with Bang and Olufsen, it has included their ICEpower audio amp in the bi-direction slider phone. Look for built-in RDS capable FM, a 2.2-inch QVGA res display, and a 3 megapixel cam. Sizewise it is 4.1 x 1.9 x .7-inches and it has Bluetooth capability. The F400 supports GSM/EDGE on its 900, 1800, and 1900MHz bands as well as UMTS/HSDPA at 2100MHz. Check with Samsung for future availability and price.
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