Samsung Epic 4G

The Samsung Epic 4G is the first one with a slide-out hardware keyboard. The phone features a 4-inch, 800x480 Super AMOLED screen, Android 2.1, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing VGA camera, 1GHz processor, and 16GB of storage which is expandable to 32GB via microSD cards.

The Epic may not have a 4.3-inch screen like the  EVO, but at 4 inches, it's close -- and for all practical purposes, it appears to be just as large. The slide-out physical keyboard doesn't add as much girth as we expected, though it still adds to the height of the phone. It has four touch sensitive buttons along the bottom instead of those physical buttons. Oh, and about that physical keyboard, it's pretty glorious -- the keys are slightly raised and there's a bit of space between each of them.

The Epic 4G has the  4-inch Super AMOLED display as the Galaxy S .

The Epic 4G will run Android 2.1 at launch, but Sprint tells us it will be rolling out the 2.2 update not too long after it hits the market. The Epic 4G has a VGA front facing cam, while the one on it's backside will take 5 megapixel shots.

Performance: Unlike the early version of the Captivate that we saw, the Epic 4G's 1GHz Hummingbird CPU was zippy. We still not have any information on pricing or availability, though we're told the price will be aggressive and the handset will be available before the end of Summer.