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Trio of 4G smartphones destined for US operator Sprint</b><br> <br> Three new 4G ready smartphones will be coming to network provider Sprint in the coming months, according to a leak published by Engadget. Samsung, HTC and Motorola are the manufacturers behind these high-end handsets and each will give consumers a great deal of choice when it comes to which handset they want to buy for cutting edge mobile internet access and download speeds.

The Samsung handset is going by the name of the Epic 4G Touch, which is based on the hardware used by the Galaxy S2. This likely means it will have a dual core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display and the latest version of Android onboard. Some had expected that an iteration of the Galaxy S2 with a full physical QWERTY keypad might be on the horizon, but this Touch edition seems to refute these claims.

HTC is bringing out a new version of its EVO smartphone, subtitled the Design 4G. This is thought to feature a 4.3 inch high resolution screen and a processor with one physical core running at 1.2GHz, making it a little more slothful than the Galaxy S2 but no less appealing thanks to its 4G connectivity. It is likely to be a little more affordable and unlike the EVO 3D there will be no autostereoscopic display or dual five megapixel camera setup to add to its bulk and subsequently its asking price.

The final handset revealed in the new line-up is the Motorola Admiral, which admittedly does not sport the 4G tag associated with its fellow Sprint smartphones. This could mean that it does not have next-gen connectivity, but as a result its price point should be lower still and given Motorola`s recent spate of successful smartphone launches it is likely to pack a host of desirable features to help it remain competitive.

4G phones are starting to become more common as WiMAX and LTE networks spread across the US and elsewhere over international regions. However, there are some criticisms to be levelled at the way current smartphones handle their 4G connectivity. Battery life is drained over a shorter period when harnessing 4G signals and so you can spend more time with your mobile plugged into the power than you might with a more basic handset that sports 3G networking.