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Sprint's $99 Samsung Conquer 4G, Main Rival To Low-end iPhone?

Sprint and Samsung are planning on conquering the smartphone market and their main weapon is some highly competitive pricing.

Announced on Friday, the Samsung Conquer 4G is Sprint's first 4G smartphone to be launched on its WiMax network for under $100. The price sure is tough to beat, especially since the smartphone will have next-generation network technology, and will run Android 2.3.Gingerbread, which few of today's powerful Android phones enjoy.

Unlike other lower-end devices, Sprint's Samsung Conquer is powered by a 1GHz processor and a micro SD slot for up to 32 GB just to make sure you won't run out of storage space. The smartphone is capable of supporting up to five wireless devices on both Sprint 3G and 4G networks. The front-facing camera has 1.3 megapixels and the back-facing one has 3.2 megapixels, pretty good specs for a sub-$100 smartphone.

And the cherry on the top is Sprint's unlimited data plan policy, the only one out of all the major US carriers. The smartphone will be released on August 21st and its lucky owners will be able to enjoy a variety of apps, shortcuts, wallpapers and ringtones especially designed to meet their needs, and at the same time, have a "pocket-friendly" device.

Apple is said to be planning the introduction of a lower-end iPhone itself, with a purported deal with China Mobile recently drawn up. The Conquer 4G would certainly offer very strong opposition.