From time to time, we find out about carriers’ plans for the future (plans regarding new device launches) via leaks of their roadmaps. Today is the day when yet another roadmap has leaked, this time from Sprint. This is my next heard about Sprint’s plans for the third quarter of this year (that’s July to September), and the carrier certainly has some interesting handsets up its sleeves.
Let’s dive right in. First of all, a successor to the Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S) will be released, and it will be called (not surprisingly at all) Epic 2. And while this will be succeeding the Epic 4G, it won’t be entirely different. The 4-inch touchscreen is still there, and so is the side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The processor has been upgraded a bit and will be a 1.2 GHz affair, although interestingly single-core in what is quickly becoming a dual-core Android world. Anyway, the Epic 2 will also feature an 8-megapixel camera (as opposed to the Epic 4G’s 5 MP).
Next up is a ‘full touch’ 4G smartphone from Samsung (which probably means one without a physical QWERTY keyboard like the aforementioned Epic 2). There are no details about this device as of yet, but considering previous rumors talking about a release of the Galaxy S II on Sprint – this may just be it. And it will be presumably use the words Within, 4G, and/or Galaxy in some random order to form its name.
Sprint will also launch the BlackBerry Bold Touch and Monaco, although they may be sold under any other names, since retail branding for RIM’s newest devices is still reportedly ‘up in the air’. Both RIM smartphones will come with ‘global roaming’ capabilities built in, meaning that they will have both CDMA radios for operation on Sprint, as well as GSM/HSPA radios for use pretty much everywhere in the world. It’s really nice to see US carriers adopt these ‘world phones’ more and more, and customers of CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint are surely happy about their availability, especially those who travel internationally a lot.
A new push-to-talk BlackBerry will also be in Sprint’s lineup, as will be a couple of Kyocera/Sanyo models in the works to solidify Sprint’s switch from iDEN to CDMA for push-to-talk. Businesses that rely on (and love?) PTT will surely be happy about this.
That’s about it for now. As the third quarter is fast approaching, expect leaks about all the devices mentioned above to intensify, providing us images, as well as full details about pricing, specs, and exact release dates eventually. After that, Sprint will announce each and every device, then they will finally hit the streets.
And then the cycle will start again. It usually happens with a roadmap leak just like this one. See you next time.
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