It looks like Sprint Wireless isn’t really a fan of “Galaxy” name..
Or it’s related to Apple’s patent lawsuit?
BGR is reporting that Sprint Wireless, the CDMA slash WiMax carrier in United States, will change the name of the Samsung Galaxy S II or Galaxy S2 to Samsung Epic Touch 4G, which is quite weird knowing that the Galaxy S II branding is already popular outside US and even inside US, in fact, a survey released last month has suggested that more customers will buy the “Galaxy S II” than Verizon’s popular Motorola Droid Bionic.
What is with the name change? This is not actually the first time that carriers in United States are changing the name of Android smartphones. Some of the examples are HTC ChaCha changed to HTC Status (because of patent issue), LG Thrill 4G from Optimus 3D, and a bunch of other Android smartphones. Apparently, Apple has filed multiple lawsuits across the globe accusing Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPhones and the iPads, and some of the noted devices are composed mainly of “Galaxy” branded devices like the Galaxy Tab, etc — so it’s highly possible that Sprint will avoid the patent circus by implementing the “Epic” branding.
And because the Samsung Epic Touch 4G is the Sprint Wireless version of the Galaxy S II, it will not include HSPA+ connectivity. Instead, according to BGR, the phone will feature the 4G WiMax connectivity. The global version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, including those released in Asia and Europe are equipped with the HSPA+, but here in the US, it’s quite obvious that the versions for AT&T and, or T-Mobile USA will sport the said data connectivity.
According to the global version specs sheet of the Samsung Galaxy S II, the phone will include a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, Android Gingerbread out of the box, and of course, the new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface tweak of the Korean-based OEM that is less iPhone-ish.
Note: Previous reports have noted that Samsung Galaxy S II for Sprint Wireless was named “Samsung Within” while AT&T’s version is called “Samsung Attain.” It’s highly possible that AT&T will change the name of its Samsung Galaxy S II too to avoid the patent war.
Sources: BGR, Spectrum of Intellectual Property Rights
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