I'm in the same boat, it will be a while before RC gets a new phone, Even sans qwerty this phone looks like a winner, and may be my next...If it comes to Sprint.
I got my phone in January I won't be upgrading this year regardless, but the specs leaked so far name an 8 mpixel back camera and a 1.2 ghz hummingbird processor that's it so far.
You are correct Just like the Galaxy S line before it the Epic 2 will be the galaxy s 2 model with a keyboard, its rumored to be 3rd quarter this year.
I'd have to agree, Using a toucjh screen for some things is rediculous, I bought the Epic specifically for that reason (apart from the rest of the specs) Dialing in to computers remotely as well as playing games and doing long form written stuff is a pain to me on just a touch screen, the Galaxy s II looks like a solid handset but I'll be hoping for a sprint branded qwerty to show up.
@gregurbo: No, no, no !! The thinnest, most advanced supercell in the world does not need an archaic hardware keyboard grossing up the design. Besides that's what the Epic 2 is for.