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August 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Sprint’s next 4G phone, a Samsung slider

The second phone to take advantage of Clearwire’s 4G network will be the Samsung Epic 4G, a special version of the Samsung Galaxy S going on sale Aug. 31 for $250.

It follows the Evo 4G that debuted in June. Both use 4G where available and 3G everywhere else, and work as mobile hotspots for an additional fee.

Sprint’s release billed its new Android slider phone as “A Movie Theater in Your Hand.” Samsung’s preparing a “media hub” service with a video store to buy or rent movies and TV shows via the device, which has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display.

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The phone’s also going to work with Samsung’s “AllShare” service that wirelessly shares music, photos and HD video with TVs, cameras, printers and other devices with DLNA certification.

Inside it’s running Android 2.1 on Samsung’s 1 GHz processor; Apple uses related processors from Samsung in the iPad and iPhone 4. The Epic 4G has a 5 megapixel camera that takes 720p HD video and a front-facing camera for video chat.

The price is after a $100 rebate and with a two-year commitment to plans starting at $70 per month. Pre-orders begin Friday.

Sprint’s announcement coincides with a new report from Gartner saying that Android has overtaken Apple’s iOS to become the world’s third-most popular mobile operating system, behind Symbian and RIM, during the second quarter. In the U.S., Android’s now ahead of RIM, the report said.

Samsung, meanwhile, is the world’s second-largest phone maker behind Nokia and ahead of LG.

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Comments | Topics: Android, Broadband, Clearwire

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