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We've all been waiting for weeks - nay, months - for Sammy to bring the Galaxy S II to the US. Announcement day is finally upon us despite a bit of a delay due to bad weather, but Sammy has already revealed the Sprint version of the GSII, named the Epic 4G Touch, ahead of tonight's event.

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The Epic 4G Touch will sport a larger, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, verses the 4.3-inch screen of its global counterpart. This version will also include 4G WiMax connectivity and the familiar 1.2GHz Exynos processor.

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While we were hoping for a bump in processing speed up to 1.5GHz, the larger display is definitely a welcome addition.

Update: The full spec list is now available:

  • 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Ultra-thin (9.59mm) design
  • Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Wimax 4G radio
  • Media Hub
  • 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • Social Hub
  • HD video recording
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Wifi calling
  • NOVA 2 HD pre-loaded
  • Swype pre-loaded
  • AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sprint ID
  • Polaris Office
  • Hotspot controls up to eight devices
  • Android 2.3
  • Optional USB Host kit for connection keyboards, cameras, printers and thumb drives
  • Optional HDMI adapter
  • Multimedia and Car docks will be available

The event is set to kick of at 3:00 PT/6:00 ET this evening, so keep it locked right here for coverage of the remaining carrier's devices.

[via Android Central, 2]

Cameron Summerson
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  • todd

    You say that the larger size is a welcome addition, based on what criteria? More pixelation, more battery drain, or the fact that a 4.3" is too small? Phones are starting to get too big, EVO size is as big as they need to get for me. So unless they kept the width and length within those dimensions, may have to pass on this beast.

    Of course, the thin form factor is still very nice, regardless of the other rectangles.

    • DonatoM3

      I don't mind the bump in screen size as long as they at least match the resolution on the Evo 3D. If they're doing it at 800x480 like the OG Evo then it will be more pixelated.

      • http://gthing.net sam

        Yea ... phonearena still has it listed at 800x480 so I think that is what it's coming with.

  • VonLaserface

    Nice! I was hoping the 4.5" rumors were true. It would have been nice to get the 1.5ghz out of the box but it can just be OC'd.

  • wackadroid

    What does this do that my NS4G doesn't?? Nothing!! It only gets ice cream sandwich way later

    • Alex

      Everything. Lol u kidding right. Specially with ns4g crappy reception and speed.

  • http://www.androidactivist.org Scotty Brown

    3PM Pacific Time... not Central.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Fixed. ;)

  • IamBeast

    This is nice. 4.5" isn't that big. The Infuse 4G really isn't all that big of a phone despite it's 4.5" screen. Off topic, but if it's 6:00PM ET, that would mean it's 3:00PM Pacific time, wouldn't it? So how can it also be 3:00 CT?

    • Cameron Summerson

      Error on my part. Fixed.

  • http://goo-inside.me DrMacinyasha

    Any word on NFC?

  • Tmdm926

    I don't know...
    I had the Instinct, Moment, and now Epic which were all supposed to be the phones to get(Sprint) for their time. I am hesitant as to if I really want to try another Samsung phone due to slow and lacking updates to the brand and the unkempt promises. Not sure if the fault lies with Sprint or Samsung...just afraid to do it all over again.

  • NE

    I have the Epic 4G and although I like the phone, I can't see upgrading to another Samsumg. The lack of updates makes me very wary. Plus, this screen is fine, any bigger and it's a mini tablet, not a phone.

  • http://gthing.net sam

    Last word on resolution was 480x800. After using the Evo 3D or the Photon 4G at 540x960, there's no way I could deal with the lower res - however minor it may seem. I suspect this phone will have bloated-looking pixelated graphics by comparison.

    Unless there has been an update on the expected resolution.

  • nikeairj

    Yeah, exactly. I'm very wary about buying another Samsung phone. I think I'll wait for the Nexus Prime instead.

    • J Rush

      FYI Nexus "Prime" is a more than likely going to be a phone made by Samsung.

  • Supsandroid

    Wait so what's the resolution of this phone?

  • SYO

    The lack of updates for Samsung's flagship phones are more of a carrier issue I believe.

    The international version has received plenty of updates that eventually got timelier especially when they're at the polishing stage. Like towards the end of their Froyo updates the phone was really amazing as it was. The GB update took a while but after it was released, the updates came pretty fast. So yeah I guess the modifications to phones per carrier and the carriers themselves make updates excruciatingly slow.

    • Alex

      I think sprint its pretty good with updates compare to other carriers.

  • Omega5555

    What's critical to me is call quality and signal strength. I hope the reviewer of this phone will not slack off in this area and also compare it to the Motorola Photon, which has a strong radio and can make & receive calls where other phones can't.

  • Omega5555

    The full specs aren't listed above. What about RAM and internal memory? How much RAM is available to the user? Battery?