Samsung Epic 4G Touch just $99 at Walmart with a signed 2-year contract
While Sprint's 2-year contract price of $154.99 seems truly outstanding for a phone that many have called the best Android handset ever made, well, all we can say is that Walmart has done it again. Yes, the discount store might be the place to pay the lowest price on underwear and message T-Shirts, but they are beginning to make a name for themselves with low priced smartphones. With the same signed 2-year contract, you will pay $99.99 for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch at Walmart.
Want to hear the specs again? We are happy to oblige. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is equipped with a 4.52 inch Super AMOLED Plus display and under the hood you will find the 1.2GHz Exynos dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Speaking of dual, there are two cameras aboard with the rear shooter coming in at 8MP and the front-facing one at 2MP. Video is captured at 1080p and 16GB of internal storage comes with the phone out of the box. Android 2.3 is pre-installed.
With the AT&T variant of the phone offering the same Samsung Exynos chip under the hood, the WVGA display is smaller at 4.3 inches. The T-Mobile variant will have the same 4.52 inch WVGA display as seen on the Epic 4G Touch, but will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor instead of the Exynos. Many consider the latter to be the superior chip. When you put it all together, only the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has both the larger screen and the Exynos dual-core processor running the show. And now you can pre-order it from the same place you bought your socks for just $99.99 on contract.
source: Walmart via AndroidGuys
1. dj (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 07:33 1 1
will be skipping this variant
2. kodamolagamadhu posted on 10 Sep 2011, 08:11 0 2
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3. Heatfan316 posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:10 2 0
Thats a lot of phone for that price, great deal but with the vigor and the prime just around the corner I'd say wait
16. ardent1 posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:27 0 0
HTC Vigor with a rumored 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
17. remixfa posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:56 6 0
its a 1.5ghz dual core snapdragon processor. even at that overclock, its still not as good as an exynos at 1.2, nor does it have the super amoled+ screen, maybe not the other goodies either.
If your skipping an SGS2 for another superphone, it better be the Prime, otherwise ur paying more and getting less. Nothing compares to the features in the SGS2, thats why so many want it.
4. JamesDax (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 09:36 1 0
Give me a WP7 version of this phone please.
6. What? (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:20 1 0
"While Sprint's 2-year contract price of $154.99" ?
I see $199.99 on Sprint's page. Am I missing something?
7. deanthomson93 posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:24 0 0
The ATT version doesn't have a super amoled plus display...?
8. imtheshit.com (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:47 0 0
Yes the att version has super amoled plus 4.3 inch display and will probably have the best looking display because it has the same resolution as the 4.52 inch sprint/tmo versions, If this is the same screen thats on the infuse im not getting it either i didnt like that display at all.
13. Krishaun27 posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:56 0 0
But will the AT&T version have the Exynos or Qualcomm chip?
18. remixfa posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:56 0 0
only the Tmobile hercules is being saddled with the subpar qualcomm chip since Tmo would rather have it be able to go to 44mb/s than have it be the most powerful.
21. biophone posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:45 1 2
Thats why i would rather have a bionic. It has a superior omap 4 is capable of 22mb per second real world speeds and has the superior motoblur. The gs2 does have a better display though. When you compare the sprint verison it has better proccesor but bad 4g. The bionic is a better phone kudos to verizon. Verizon was smart not to get the gs2 on 3g and instead have the ics prime with stock android.
27. remixfa posted on 10 Sep 2011, 18:38 4 0
the exynos blows away the omap... motoblur!?!? ick!
29. biophone posted on 10 Sep 2011, 19:57 0 2
Yeah it does but its only avaliable with bad 4g. While the omap is still really good and motoblur i feel fits the droid image the best. Way better then touchwiz which looks like it is made for a kid. I feel the combo the bionic has with the droid and the suitable motoblur and the really good omap and the best 4g is a winner. The only negative is the price. If its a droid i want motoblur because of the whole rule all machines take on it.
30. pyckvi posted on 10 Sep 2011, 20:33 0 0
the Samsung touch-wiz can easily be replaced by another launcher from the market. and as for the bionic, it is a great phone, my sis got it the other day. but i would not compare it to my soon to come Epic Touch 4G (AKA SGSII). Also with 1Gb of ram that the bionic has my sis only has ~ 450Mb free average. moto put in too much Bloatware!
32. biophone posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:06 0 0
Verizon puts in the bloatware for everything but the iPhone. You really can't fault the bionic for that. Root the phone if you can I am not sure about the boot loader and get rid of it. Anyway yes you can compare them.
Epic touch 4g has a better processor, better display and thinner.
Bionic has a better Ui, much better 4g, and better coverage.
The better processor isn't a big deal because the bionic doesn't have much lag at all, the better display is nice but for a phone its not a huge deal because the bionic is still very clear, however the 4g lte is laying down 20 mb a second and works better indoors. If you ask me I would rather have the lte. The question is do you want to pay for it. Its does pay to wait however for the prime. But looking at the major differences in the phones the bionic is the way to go.
41. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:00 0 0
have you actually played with touchwiz4 on the galaxyS2? no? then reserve judgement till u play with it. Its 10x more functional than it was in the past. And if u dont like it... unlike blur.. its easily removed as its just a set of overlays and widgets, not drilled into the inner workings of android like blur is.
44. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:23 0 0
I have seen it and played with tw on the dc I just really dont like it. Its so cartoonish. Motblur isnt great either as it looks so mechanical but way better then tw. I hate everything about tw that they changed from stock everything!
47. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:18 0 0
well, it is bright.. its done that way to make the amoled screens "pop".
I like the functionality that it has.. and yea, I like the eye candy.. lol. But like i said, Touchwiz is easily removed from the phone, so if your not really a fan of blur or TW, then just get the galaxy and remove the TW from it.
Theres nothing wrong with the bionic its just outclassed by the SGS2.
48. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:22 0 0
Its not though. It has the next best proccesor and is on a much faster network with better coverage. Why is it outclassed by the overhyped gs2. The prime will be the phone to get if on verizon but the gs2 isnt so special. The bionic right now is the best phone in anerica and still will be once the gs2 comes out. It wont be until the prime until its dethroned.
54. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:49 0 0
way more power
way more connectivity options
way more customizable
higher resolution screen
super amoled +
best battery life of any android phone
data speeds and coverage are subjective and not a factor for the phone itself. The hurcules is as fast or faster depending on where you live.
plans are much cheaper when not on VZW/ATT.
57. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 18:22 0 0
The bionic is still really fast with the omap inside and is very customizable. More then you will ever need in the customization department. I don't mind blur and its better then tw4. Yes the galaxy is thinner but the bionic isn't terrible. Its the price you pay for lte. The bionic screen is still very clear and I will give you battery life. The bionic though has lte which is huge! It also has the web top dock and more sturdy construction. I just don't think it worth it having a gs2 running at 5 mb a second internet when the bionic can do 20. The version for tmobile will only do ten anyway with a worse processor. The screen is still clear on the bionic so if you ask me the bionic is better.
60. remixfa posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:11 0 0
the version on tmobile will do much more than 10. They do more than 10 now and none of them are capable of 42/mbs. And honestly, after 10-15, its all a numbers game. You dont really notice anything faster. Most apps are 1-3mb, so its not like they can get much faster downloaded, and web pages pop up near instantly as it is. Weather its 15, 50, or 100, at this point its more limited to what the hardware can draw than to what it can pull down from the internet. Besides, 7 of 10 times when I do a speed test next to my friends Thunderbolt.. I win. Yea it gets much higher pops by far when it does win, but its not enough to make me want to pay 60% more for the plan
To each their own.
56. taz89 posted on 11 Sep 2011, 15:57 0 0
if you talking about touchwiz 3 i agree but if its touchwiz 4 you are talking about i think you are being harsh...for me touchwix 4 have implemented the best way of adding widgets also the browser is just super fast and slick compared to stock and sense etc...they have also got rid of the ugly boxed colours from previous touchwiz...icon is cartoonish but i am fine with that...if i am honest i actually like the new motoblur and also i just think sense 3.0 is just too much eye candy and i think thats why it popular but i would prefer less i candy and more memory...you just have to look at how much ram sense 3.0 takes up on the likes of the sensation on evo 3d...personally i would prefer stock over anything as it has a minimalist ui..thankfully android has launchers so its not difficult to get that stock look
58. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 18:23 0 0
I am willing to make the sacrifice of speed for sense but anything else I would go stock as it isn't worth it. Blur and Tw just don't cut the mustard.
28. vantenkiest posted on 10 Sep 2011, 19:16 0 0
the bionic is a sad phone..
9. The Kid (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 10:52 0 0
I will be skipping this phone waiting for the nexus prime with android 4.0. The prime is also suppose to have a 1.5 ghz dual core processor as well.
11. bolaG posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:25 0 0
wow $99. The difference from LTE to HSPA+ and WiMAX is astonishing. I now now for sure that this device is not going to meet my expectations so I don't mind that VZW decided not to get it.
12. CostcoHotDogs (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 11:54 1 0
WTF so you guys think the prime will beat this phone in performance just because the soc is clocked up by .3 ghz and that now the price is $99 it will not meet your expectations? FYI the ti ompa 4460, the chip that will most likely end up in the prime is just a clocked up version of the one found on the bionic. Also that display that everyone is talking about, yes the super amoled HD: that's a pentile matrix display. We have no idea what it will look like nor the impact it will have on the battery or performance and also what flaws a 1st generation screen panel will have. As for the vigor well it will probably have a qualcomm 8xx0 soc in it which also means it will have a terrible adreno 220 gpu so no-thanks. One last thing we have no confirmation as to when it will come out, where it will end up and how much the prime is so... The one thing I am confused about is where phone arena got that information about sprint selling it for $154. Where is the source of this info phonearena and is this correct?
15. anon123 (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 13:42 0 0
you are an idiot costco, the omap 4460 soc is a much more highly developed soc than the omap in the bionic. get your sh*t straight before you go ranting about things you know nothing about. it is not just an overclocked bionic. it will be a whole new beast and a formidable force on the superphone market
20. IEatApples posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:44 0 0
omap does have some new gpu technology. tegra2 has a more powerful gpu then exynos though so not a big deal. gs2 is gonna be top 2011 due to specs and competitive pricing. i bet it will be close to free on amazon in 2 months.
35. costcoHotDogs (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:29 0 0
OMAP will be using a new gpu in the 4470 chipset. R U telling me that the PowerVR sgx540 on the bionic and the soon nexus prime is any different from the one found on the original sgs other than clock speed? where did you get your info? sigh what idiots!
42. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:02 1 0
the exynos stomps the omap, tegra2, and especially the snapdragon s3 in everything. where do u get your info. lol
The omap is a decent 2nd place chipset, but none of them are in the same league as the exynos.
34. costcoHotDogs (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:27 0 0
uumm IDK where you got your info but you should check again. Even Wikipedia and ti itself shows that the 4460 and the 4430 is the same chip just clocked up. It's not until the 4470 that TI will use a new more power chipset with a powerVR sgx544. But that soc is not due out until sometime next year which some had thought would had been great on the next nexus iteration. So maybe you should stop YOUR dumb rant and get the facts straight. Oh I know your just a dumb idiot who blabs fact-less crap.
14. CostcoHotDogs (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 12:49 1 0
Wtf check out your source and No it never said sprint is selling the phone for $154- that's the upgrade price for current sprint phone owners who wants to upgrade through walmart. Learn to read phoenarea!
19. remixfa posted on 10 Sep 2011, 14:59 0 0
Anyone who gets another phone (Besides maybe the prime) over this phone.. and especially at that pricing, is a tard. point blank. Unless you just dont like the size of the phone, there is zero reason to pass it up. the most horsepower, the best screen, and the most goodies built into the phone all reside in the SGS2.
At this point.. imma be honest.. im pretty pissed and jealous that Tmo isnt getting real SGS2 love. I think I'd rather be on verizon for this event. Better to have no access to one at all than to be teased by a 3/4s powered SGS2.
22. IEatApples posted on 10 Sep 2011, 16:49 0 0
That does suck for tmo customers. Im looking forward to trading my infuse for the att gs2 hopefully the smaller screen isnt to noticeable. he infuse is great as long as you turn flash off. its a shame to put such a beautiful screen on a handicapped phone.
24. Dj21o posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:49 0 0
It will probably look better than the Sprint version because there will be more PPI.
36. costcoHotDogs (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 23:32 0 0
ppi isn't everything ie. the HTC EVO 3d and Sensation along with other with qhd resolution LCD does look better than the GS2 screen... at least in my opinion- colors and contrast also counts and not just ppi.
31. biophone posted on 10 Sep 2011, 20:35 0 0
Tmo sucks. Terrible service in most areas. Good for kids and thats about it. People should either have verizon or sprint. Vzw for best service sprint for best phones (once the i5 comes out) and for being cheaper. Once the prime comes out the only reason not to have vzw will be price. Lte is more important then proccesor and the 1.5 omap is still really good.
43. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:04 0 0
biophone, Tmo's service is just fine. its better than ATT, thats for sure. Where I'm at, my entire city is covered in super high speed 4g and i have no signal issues unless im in the middle of a huge building like walmart, so why would I want to pay more somewhere else? Its faster than everyone except VZW and 60% less than VZW.
45. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:31 0 0
All my friends with tmo never pick up their cell cause they never have service. I lend them my phone just so they can make a call. And i said most areas not all but if it does work well in your area and you dont travel then its worth it but for most people why bother. I dk believe its important for a phone to be dependable as a phone. Coverage is very important as if you are ever in an emergency you want a dependable phone. Its not something to cheap out on. Thats why i feel verizon is the best.
49. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:28 0 0
I do travel. Ive done a 2300 mile round trip through the back hills, mountains, highways, and ive lost service for all of 15-20 minutes while i was in inbreeder country in Ga. Heck, i had full 4g at the top of the mountain pass between SC and TN.
No service is perfect, it all depends on where you live. For where I live they all,except ATT,get a strong signal, so why pay more. Even if i didnt work for Tmo, I'd still have my service here. If I didnt have Tmo, Id probably have VZW unless sprint had an offer I couldnt refuse.
52. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:34 0 0
If it works good for you fine but anyway for most people I feel verizon is the best.
50. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:29 0 0
Tmo phones also have the ability to call over wifi, so that helps out quite a bit. If you have an android/blackberry its automatic. When your phone picks up wifi and hooks in, it auto switches to wifi calling/texting mode.
53. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:49 0 0
That really only helps when you are in your house.
55. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 14:56 0 0
it helps anywhere there is wifi which is most businesses, public buildings, houses, ect. Most of the time when you lose coverage, its in a building, so yea, wifi calling definately helps with that.
VZW has the best service, bar none. Noone can argue that fact. My only point is that its all relative to where you are. No need to pay VZW pricing if the other carriers get the same service and even the same speed... and lets not forget Tmobile has the largest 4g network out of everyone, so for me its a much better deal.
59. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 18:31 0 0
I go to some really rural places where no one but verizon gets service and if my car breaks down if I can't call someone else I am stuck in usually sub zero temperatures. There isn't any wifi outdoors and wifi calling won't help in a emergency. That is why I always believe service is really an important feature of a phone. The small price to pay for service is nothing in comparison if something happens in a emergency. Tmobile as such a large 4g network compared to verizon because its older. Just wait and verizon will not only be the fastest but the largest and oldest lte network when eventually everyone switches.
61. remixfa posted on 12 Sep 2011, 07:14 0 0
like i said, its all based where you are. I dont do much country driving as I live in a big city. VZW has a strong lock on rural areas though.
46. biophone posted on 11 Sep 2011, 10:34 0 0
O yeah att sucks to bad service for verizon prices. No thank you
23. Dj21o posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:48 0 0
Just wait, something will come out better after the prime within 1 month, and then people will continue to play the waiting game. Screw that.
33. gertshan (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 22:41 0 0
And who knows if or when Sprint will get the Prime. It could be like the Nexus S and they won't get it until Spring of next year, and by that time there'll be pics and specs of the Galaxy S III/Epic 4G Touch 2 out that will blow the Prime's away. Also, as was mentioned, the Prime's Super AMOLED HD screen will be first generation and possibly plagued with unforeseen problems while the GS II has been throughly tested by consumers in Europe and Asia for months.
25. WirelessKing posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:53 0 0
Costco hotdogs.. $1.64 after tax with a soda.. Just sayin..
26. Marcus Edwards (unregistered) posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:56 0 0
At amazon wireless this phone is free with a two-year contract. Now that's some savings!
37. DeviantDroid posted on 11 Sep 2011, 00:43 0 0
Update in April either getting the Prime or the GSIII if it gunna be released close to my update period..... I would wait a month or two for a GSIII...
38. missed_the_mark (unregistered) posted on 11 Sep 2011, 01:36 0 0
just went to the walmart site and began the ordering the phone when I noticed that they are shipping the phones to pre-order customers on the 12th!?
39. belovedson posted on 11 Sep 2011, 03:02 0 0
samsung should delay the gs3. at the introductory price point being 99 for a new two year makes this phone a best buy. considering it may come down to 0 dollars for a new two year makes it the best deal. considering the gs2 has held up to its own 6 months past introduction. it will surely be one of the top five phones going into early part of next year.
i am unsure why verizon customers are on here ranting about other phones or prime. gs2 really has nothing to do with you.
for me i own the original epic and i got it the first day it came out, and so far its held its own. after rooting and converting to ext4 i don't see why i cant use this phone going into my contract year and get the gs3. i highly doubt there will be apps or games that i will want that will make use of the full power of exynos.
who know by the time contract time shows up gs2 might still be up todate spec wise. i think most epic 1 users would swap better battery life over the fastest speeds and a keyboard over thin and light. please add the keyboard for the epic users sprint
51. remixfa posted on 11 Sep 2011, 11:30 0 0
They think that what they thought was going to be the SGS3 is really the Prime.