Another Sprint 4G phone is already on the way

Just one month after Sprint’s launch of the Evo 4G, the wireless carrier has announced its second 4G phone, the Epic, which will likely come out later this year.

The Epic 4G, like the Evo, will use Android OS and pack in a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor. The 4-inch screen will also be pretty massive for a phone, though not quite as large as the Evo’s 4.3-inch display.

The Epic also differentiates itself from the Evo by having a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard. In addition, it has front (VGA) and rear (5 MP) cameras, 720p HD video recording, and Swype’s touch-screen text input pre-installed.

Made by Samsung, it is essentially a retooled version of the Galaxy S phone with the addition of 4G. It’ll come packed with a 16 GB microSD card, a GPS receiver, and motion-tilting recognition.

Sprint is the first carrier in the US to offer a 4G (also known as “WiMax” or “LTE”) network, bursting mobile data connections by up to 10 times the speed of current 3G network capacity.

The Epic 4G will be released “in the coming months,” according to Sprint. No pricing details were announced.