T-Mobile is now supplying more than 170 million Americans with HSPA+ 42 speeds, but they have yet to launch a smartphone that takes full advantage of their lightning-fast 4G network. It looks like T-Mobile will launch several 42 Mbps smartphones this year, but the one we are most excited about is the rumored Samsung Hercules.
Several sites have speculated that the Hercules might launch in late September and now TmoNews has leaked a T-Mobile roadmap which says a new smartphone is coming September 21st. Could this be the date that Samsung’s mythical device hits stores?
There are many reasons to get hyped up for the Samsung Hercules. According to Chris Ziegler of Thisismynext, the rumored specs of the device include:
- 4.5-inch 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- NFC support, though compatibility with the forthcoming ISIS mobile payment standard is “to be determined”
- Category 24 HSDPA (42Mbps) and Category 6 HSUPA (5.76Mbps) for extremely fast HSPA+ support – faster than any HSPA+ phone currently sold in the US
- AWS plus 850 / 1900MHz compatibility for support on AT&T’s “4G” network if the merger succeeds
- Preliminary measurements place it at 5.16 x 2.76 x 0.37 inches – within a few hundredths of an inch of the Infuse
- 16GB internal ROM, 1GB internal RAM, external microSD up to 32GB
- Here’s where it outdoes the Infuse: it’s quoted with a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core APQ8060 application processor, which is extraordinarily unusual for a Samsung – particularly considering the availability of Samsung’s own multi-core Exynos line; it’s paired with an MDM8220 modem processor
- 8 megapixel primary camera with flash and 1080p video capture, secondary front-facing camera
- Like the Galaxy S II, the Hercules won’t have a dedicated HDMI port – it’ll move high-def video over Micro USB using MHL
Basically, the Hercules sounds like a close relative of the Samsung Galaxy S II (SGS2), but it features a slightly larger display and includes a Qualcomm processor instead of Samsung’s own Exynos. We know that the SGS2 is coming soon to the US, but it’s still a mystery if it will be available on every carrier.
The rumored Hercules specs above were first published in May, so they might have been tweaked since that time. Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon has already debuted in several devices (like the HTC Sensation) clocked at 1.2 GHz, but a faster 1.5 GHz version is going to be available by late summer.
The T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G and myTouch 4G Slide are excellent Android smartphones for those looking to upgrade right now, but if you have the need for 42 Mbps speed then I’d suggest holding out a couple more months.
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