Jul 31 AT 11:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Samsung Hercules bringing HSPA+ 42 to T-Mobile on September 21?

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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.

Does this Roman work of art sound worth the wait?

Via: TmoNews

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  • http://dylandersen.me/ Dylan Andersen

    4.5″ is huge, but we’ll see what the body and chassis looks like before passing judgment.

    • Marianna

      Samsung sucks, Apples iPhone 4 is the best!

      • Cameron Bonde (Vectrex)

        If you’re talking about the chassis then.. WHAT? :) Glass for the front and back with the glass corners exposed.. Worst design I’ve ever seen and heavy. Looks GREAT, but I’m blown away by how many people I know without bulky covers have cracked screens/back.

      • mongbinhthuong

        You like Apple that much. Go to the Apple forums. This is for Android fans only. Though, I don’t think you know any shit about Android, nor iPhone iOS either. Your head is just full of tofu. You are distracted by seeing people using iPhone and you want one for yourself and just know that it is good. But you don’t even know how to use it rather than make calls or texting.

  • SliestDragon

    And I JUST got a Sensation today. Just goes to show you, there is always something better around the bend… Really good specs, though it’s too bad the 4.5″ screen isn’t a higher resolution.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      The Sensation is the top performing device out now. No reason to regret that purchase!

      • uzunoff

        Although I use Sensation as my primary device, I do notice some lag when the phone runs for extended periods of time.
        When you switch b/w apps, you see the white (HTC) screen and stays there for some time until it switches to the new app.
        I fix that by restarting the device, which kind-a sucks. I never had that issue with my Nexus One.

        Also some benchmarks showed that Nvidia processor outperforms the Sensation processor.

        I would still consider the Sensation the best device you could currently purchase on T-mo, maybe on all carriers, I would like to see what this Samsung Hercules phone will look like.

        Did we just skip the Galaxy S II and moved on to the next device from Sammy?

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    Nice ending to the article. Shame that Hercules was a Greek legend…

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Hercules is the Roman name for Greek demigod Heracles.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        Boom, roasted.

        • Interpol91

          That was indeed an epic roast! lol

      • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

        Balls, you’re right! Sorry!

        *Note to self: Always check Wikipedia BEFORE posting crap like this…

    • T-2

      agree, i hate cheating greeks

      • Paul Ahlatis

        You must be a hateful person, and apparently, not very bright to post stupid remarks.
        what does the name of a phone has to do with you hating people from other countries?

  • Tran Lang

    I would prefer to wait for the Hercules for its HSPA 42 capability. Technology moves forward, its HSPA 42 comes right in time to utilize the network speed, specially T-Mobile HSPA 42. Beside that, the Qualcomm’s dual core Snapdragon is a powerful processor and the 4.5-inch screen will turn the Hercules into almost a tablet.

  • skeeterflea

    How about offering a truly “unlimited” data plan to go with it? Or at least a higher bottleneck.

    • uzunoff

      Dream on,

      Data plans will become more and more limited and expensive. At least this is what’s been happening.

      I think this is due to Mobile Operators turning into ISPs.

      I think that prices will normalize and start to fall maybe mid 2012. After mergers settle down and the capacity need for broadband becomes more clear.


    Your always going to be behind the curve guys… hurcules today something else a month later. Those specs sound amazing! I mean I personally do not have the need for so much speed but it is always good to have anyway right? I mean if the capability is there, than why not take advantage if it? All this SGS2 talk has me wanting one and now this… smh. Its going to take alot of will power to hold off for the nexus prime. We need some concrete news on it, to keep my mind focussed. Lol

    • BiGMERF

      By the way Taylor….. A bone to throw? Your the man when it comes to Nexus info !

  • Cameron Bonde (Vectrex)

    I’m pretty sure HSPA+ isn’t officially 4G. In Australia our HSPA+ network is still referred to as 3G (Some call it 3.5G at best). I think we’re calling our upcoming LTA networks 4g, although I’m not sure if that counts either (I’ve heard it depends on the verison of LTA). We should just call it what it is. LTA/WiMax etc should just come up on the phone. Here H+, H and 3G come up on my Samsung phone, which is nice, no confusion.

  • Scotter

    I wish Samsung would speed up adoption of higher than 800×480 resolution.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Talk about going out in a BLAZE OF GLORY.. I don’t know what to believe as far this Tmobile/At&t business. As far as this device I wouldn’t jump up and down right now. This device spec wise is no better than the EVO 3D or SENSATION might not be better than the Galaxy S2 right now these three device rule android. Using Qualcomm internals is great Qualcomm definitely rocks in my book clicking this to 1.5 instead of 1.2 will mean what from a performance standpoint? The only thing to do is compare Processors the Qualcomm APQ8060 vs the MSM 8660 and what effect this will have on your battery 1.2 vs 1.5. As far as I am concerned this is no better than the EVO 3D or SENSATION today and definitely won’t even touch what the next Nexus 3 device or Evo device in 2012.

  • http://twitter.com/kcm117 kcm117

    Seriously, what’s the point of having such fast mobile data if we’re capped @ 2GB and get slammed down to basically edge speeds after?

    • Tristan

      You can buy up to 10gigs now.

  • kwills88

    My emotions keep getting played with in the cellphone game…No word on a date for the US version of the SGSII and we heard about it since last year, news about this phone came out couple months ago and we’re already have a “release date”…Might be forced to get the sensation if the SGSII isn’t on t-mo this month.


    • Paul

      I agree with you.

  • sylar

    Hmm I am wondering why Samsung didn’t put their own processor in the phone.

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