Right before we enter into the weekend, we get a juicy bit of news. Apparently, the Samsung SPH-D705 — otherwise known as the Epic 4G 2 — has popped up in the Cellebrite system indicating the device could be launching sometime in the very near future. Before you get mixed up, keep in mind we’re talking about the sequel to the OG Samsung Epic 4G that was launched on Sprint and Verizon. Remember that big boned device? The one with the QWERTY keyboard?
Originally, the device was rumored to hit Sprint sometime during Q3 of 2011, but that came and went without neither hide nor hair of the Epic 4G 2. It further received its WiFi certification but still — nothing. We’re still not even sure if the device will actually arrive on Sprint. Once the Epic 4G Touch arrived on the scene, it’s very possible Sprint passed up on the Epic 4G 2 in favor of the more attractive slate form factor. Besides, how confused do you think it would make customers with the “Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G 2” and “Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch” both on the same network?
That being said, it’s possible we could see this device launching a smaller regional carrier similar to what happened with the HTC Merge back when it was originally supposed to hit Verizon Wireless, only to show up months later on US Cellular.