That was quick - the Sprint's Epic 4G has already been rooted by the crew over at SDX-devs. In other words, now you can root that phone you don't have yet. It's a method requiring adb (Android Device Bridge) commands and thus desktop connectivity, but a one-click solution will probably emerge sooner rather than later. Note: it says EVO root, but the method works on this phone as well, don't let the filename fool you.
Looks like Amazon isn't going to wait a few weeks to drop the price on the Epic 4G: they're already offering it for $200, $50 less than the other big-name stores. The device won't ship until launch (August 31), but they're offering free two-day shipping - albeit, with a minor disclaimer:
The new Samsung Epic from Sprint is now available for pre-order and should begin shipping on August 31, 2010.
When offered to preview Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S offering, the SPH-D700, also known as the Epic 4G, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. While my first personal-use Android device was the Nexus One, I’ve handled my share of Android smartphones, and my history of smartphone use has included several Samsung phones over the years. This being the first Galaxy S device I’ve personally handled, I’m glad to say that Samsung does not disappoint, and I can highly recommend the device to users who need a physical keyboard and can sign up for a contract with Sprint.
After months of leaks, announcements, and the releases of its sister phones, the Epic 4G is here... sort of. While the device won't go on for sale for another two weeks, the big players in tech have managed to snag some early review units. We've filtered through the roundups and come up with the four that we deemed most worthy. Let's take a look:
Looks like the floodgates have opened and pre-orders have started for the Epic 4G. All the usual suspects are offering the device, and all in their own way. As with the EVO 4G, Sprint will be requiring the Premium Data (or 4G) surcharge of $10/month. As always, to get the lowest price, you need to sign a 2-year agreement.
- Sprint is selling the device for $350 with a $100 mail-in-rebate (MIR).
UPDATE: Customers can reserve their smartphone for purchase at www.sprint.com/epic4g beginning Friday, Aug. 13
Well, it would appear we were off a bit on our August 20th estimate. Sprint has just informed us that the Epic 4G (the first Galaxy S keyboard phone, and the first 4G keyboard phone) will be available for purchase on August 31st on the Sprint network, specs below:
- 4” Super AMOLED Capactive Touch Screen (Resolution: 480x800)
- Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard
- TouchWiz 3.0UI overlay
- 1GHz Hummingbird A8 Cortex Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 512MB ROM
- MicroSD external storage
- 5MP camera with LED flash
- Front-facing camera
- Sprint 4G Service
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 720P video recording
- FM radio support
- Android 2.1
- 1500mAh battery
Sprint’s official press release on the Epic 4G:
Earlier today, Engadget reported that Sprint would begin taking pre-orders for the Epic 4G later today. Before running with the story, we wanted to fact-check with our Sprint rep, and we’re glad we did - his response:
No plans for pre-order today. As you know, people can however sign up to get additional information sent to them when it’s available - but not pre-order.
There you have it - as much as we wish it was true, looks like we have a bit longer to wait.
[Updated August 6 @ 10:15 AM EST]
Enterprising user rhcp0112345 over at XDA-Devs (where else?) has come up with an on-phone, one click root/unroot for the Samsung Galaxy S line of devices. It has only been tested on his Vibrant, but it should work across the line of devices.
There are no real details on the process yet - but it seems that you just install the app, hit “root” or “unroot,” and reboot your device.
EVO 4G and would-be Epic 4G owners, rejoice! Sprint has just unveiled further additions to its ever-spreading 4G WiMax network. 4G device owners in the following markets can now expect cellular performance that lives up to their phones' moniker:
- Modesto, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Wilmington, DE
- Grand Rapids, MI
This brings Sprint’s grand total to 48 urban hotspots, with more to surely follow. Still no sign of that whiff of 4G we caught in the Bay Area solidifying into something more official, however.
Samsung Galaxy S series phones - Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, and Fascinate - are definitely the cool new kids on the block, and Samsung wants everyone to know that.
In this relatively lengthy promotional video, Samsung has showcased all 4 models (though, we don't get much of the Fascinate past the initial glimpse), highlighting some important aspects of these devices, such as:
- Super AMOLED display
- keyboard on the Epic 4G
- 1GHz Hummingbird CPU speed
- 3D audio
- DLNA output
- Android 2.1 Eclair (though, the Froyo upgrade is only 1-2 months away)
- TouchWiz interface
- HD video
- social integration
- apps and 3D games
- browser with pinch-to-zoom
Of course, they forgot to mention that the phones that are already out have been successfully rooted, but we'll keep that between us.