Smasung is hoping to conquer the mid-range Android smartphone segment, and the company has just announced the Android-powered Conquer 4G WiMax smartphone for Sprint. The more compact-size–and hopefully more affordable nature of the mid-range target–should position the Samsung handset competitively against the smaller HTC EVO Shift 4G, though the latter has a sliding keyboard.
The Samsung Conquer 4G will be the first time that 4G WiMax will be available outside of Sprint’s high-end smartphones. The device will come pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will have a 3.5-inch HVGA display, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and front-facing camera, and a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU. As far as specs go, the one thing that is making this a mid-range, rather than high-end, device is the somewhat smaller HVGA screen resolution when high-end devices are normally either equipped with a WVGA resolution or qHD display for crisper rendering of text, graphics, and videos.
Pricing and availability information is still not known yet. Users who are interested in this handset will be happy to know that it will, for the most part, be a stock Android device with Sprint ID. Sprint ID is a customization option on the OS, much like how HTC skins its Android devices beautifully with HTC Sense, that allows users to easily customize their phones with ID packs that pre-bundle select lifestyle apps, ringtones, wallpapers, sounds, and more depending on the ID pack that you download.
Given that every major U.S. carrier is now targeting the high-end 4G market–T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint–the Conquer 4G will give Sprint a way to not only differentiate itself and diversify its portfolio, but bring 4G access and data speeds to more people.