If the past is any indication of the future, it looks like we may now have the latest release date for the Epic 4G on Sprint. Let me explain.

You see, Samsung has so far posted 2 SPS TV (Samsung TV) videos of their hosts showcasing the Captivate and the Vibrant, with video post dates coinciding with the official phone release dates:

  • the Captivate video was posted on Monday, July 19th, which happens to be the first business day after the official launch date that fell on a Sunday (July 18th)
  • the Vibrant video was posted on Wednesday, July 21st, which seems late, as the phone was released on the 15th. However, if we remember that this release date got moved up at the last minute to the 15th to compete with the Droid X release and was originally scheduled for the 21st, things fall into place again.

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So, what else do we see now on the SPS TV video page?

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If we go with our theory, August 20th will be the latest Epic 4G is going to be released. A Thursday/Friday release is not unheard of - it's right before the weekend, during which most people don't have work to go to and instead fancy some shopping; in fact, that's exactly how I got my HTC Hero last October.

See our Vibrant/Captivate first impressions and comparison here: Surprise Unboxing Of The T-Mobile Vibrant + Plus A Short Hands-On And Captivate Comparison (Pics)

In addition, @SamsungMobileUS tweeted this yesterday, confirming an earlier claim of :

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Update #1: and then there is this SamsungMobileUS tweet, although the US definition of summer does indeed stretch into mid-September:

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Nothing is confirmed, but the stars are finally lining up. Those of you looking to pick an Epic 4G up as soon as it comes out (myself included) might want to start saving up the cashish - August 20th is less than a month away.

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Source: SPS TV, thanks to: reddit