Many U.S. consumers feel they have been waiting far too long for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II (or S2) but we’ve recently reported on a rumored release date for the Verizon version, dubbed the Function, of August 12. Only yesterday we then learned that the Samsung Hercules was the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S II. Today we have further news on the Sprint model of the Galaxy S II which is now being called the Epic 4G Touch rather than the Within, which was widely speculated.
Some leaks about upcoming Sprint handsets has come to light in an article by Zachary Lutz over on Engadget and it seems that the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II will indeed be a 4G handset which will certainly please many people. Back in June we mentioned a leaked Sprint roadmap which showed a 4G full touch handset due in Q3 and speculated that this may be the Sprint Galaxy S II and it seems that was indeed the case. The new name, Epic 4G Touch, also suggests that it will not have a QWERTY keyboard but for those who enjoy a physical keyboard it’s suggested that the Epic 2, also leaked in the same roadmap, might be an alternative.
Another of the phones leaked to be coming to Sprint is the HTC EVO Design 4G formerly known as the Kingdom, while there’s also a non-4G offering, the Motorola Admiral. Earlier today we told how the competition for iPhone 5 customers between Verizon and AT&T could well benefit consumers but it looks as though Sprint will be adding to the mix with 2 new 4G handsets on the way at least, including the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and of course there’s also the Motorola Droid Bionic to consider, on its way to Verizon.
Sanjeev Ramachandran of Device Magazine also reports on the 3 new Sprint handsets and notes that the EVO Design 4G could be a cheaper version of the HTC EVO 3D which was well received on its launch. The EVO Design 4G would not be likely then to have a 3D aspect but maybe a 5-megapixel camera along with a 1.2GHz single-core processor. Although we don’t have further specs yet on these new Sprint smartphones they are certainly whetting our appetites and we shall of course continue to bring you news as we hear it.
Have you been waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S II to come to Sprint? If so the leaked new name would suggest that maybe there’s not too much longer to wait. Let us know your thoughts by sending us your comments.