Would you believe it? Sprint, to date, has launched 24 4G compatible devices. And today the company announced the 25th, the Samsung Conquer 4G. We’re still not sold on the whole 4G experience since it’s a massive battery drain, and even though we don’t own a device that supports the network, or run with the likes of the “Now Network”, it’s by our best estimate that the service still isn’t consistent or that much faster than some 3G connections. Course, all of that is changing, and hopefully once the folks that wear white lab coats and glasses get their act together, we’ll have battery tech that is powerful enough to go more than a few days without a recharge, even from the most demanding of handsets. Nonetheless, we digress.
The Samsung Conquer 4G is by far and away Sprint’s cheapest 4G compatible smartphone. It costs $100 after a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in-rebate. But there is a caveat to going cheap. You’ll be left with a rather run of the mill handset, though by all accounts it ain’t that bad. Well, actually, the camera is pretty piss poor by today’s standards, boasting just a 3.2 megapixel sensor. Surprisingly, there is a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera. We’d gladly sacrifice the front facing shooter for a higher rez rear camera. Under the hood is a 1Ghz processor. There is a 3.5-inch touchscreen, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, a microSD card that supports up to a 32GB card and it ships with Android 2.3. Other features include a Mobile Hotspot that supports up to 5 devices, stereo Bluetooth, a 1500 mAh battery and a 4.1oz weight.
You can expect the Samsung Conquer to arrive August 21st.