The Galaxy S3 US launch is finally (almost) upon us. For Android fans in the US, that’s great news, not only because they’ll get to play with one of the best smartphones ever, but also because some older devices will become more accessible than ever.
We’ve suspected for a while that the Samsung’s Galaxy S2, still a more than decent phone, will see discounts in the coming weeks, and now we have a confirmation of sorts from TechnoBuffalo.com. According to a “trusted source” inside Sprint, the Now Network will be dropping the price of the Epic 4G Touch to a winning $99.99 on a two-year contract on June 21, which just happens to be the release date of the S3.
The Epic 4G Touch is Sprint’s exclusive take on the Galaxy S2, and, while it has been the first S2 version to hit the US, it remains one of the best around. Launched way back in September 2011, the Epic 4G Touch has topped Sprint’s best-selling lists for a long time, going for $499.99 outright and $149.99 with a two-year agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and sporting a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch is clearly overshadowed by the new Galaxy S3, but it can still beat a lot of current mid-range devices and even some high-enders.
That being said, you’ll probably not find a better deal for the Galaxy S2 for the time to come, so keep an eye on Sprint’s website on June 21, when the special offer should go live. The deal will supposedly include the standard $50 mail-in rebate, so you might want to prepare $150 if you plan to get the discounted Epic 4G Touch.
If the old Samsung Galaxy S2 is too modest to satisfy your thirst for technology, you should know that Sprint’s S3 is still currently available for pre-order, in Marble White and Pebble Blue and both the 16 and 32GB versions. The new super-phone is expected to start shipping next Thursday, but Sprint is still claiming it’s doing its best to get it to you before that date, so you might be in for a surprise as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
Will you be looking to get the Epic 4G Touch if today’s rumor proves to be accurate? Is $100 the correct price to ask for last year’s flagship device? Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.