T-Mobile users, this is just not your day. While Sprint and AT&T customers will be spending the rest of the night watching hands on videos, drooling over spec sheets and balancing their pocketbooks for a mid-September Galaxy S II release, you get close to nothing. Sure, you now know a Galaxy S II made for your Magenta overlord exists, but you also know it’s quite a ways off.
T-Mobile has revealed little to no information on their version of the Galaxy S II at tonight’s Samsung event. No price, no release date, no hard specs, not even a fully functional device attendees can get their hands on. But why? Judging by previous hands on pictures, the Samsung Hercules is just about ready to go. At least the Telus version is. And that’s what T-Mobile should be carrying, right? There’s really only two explanations behind tonights weak showing. Either T-Mobile’s Galaxy S II has enough custom parts so that they just couldn’t finish the software in time, or they just really dropped the ball here.
Looking at it from the first angle almost makes sense. According to previous leaks, the Samsung Hercules is actually quite different from the original Galaxy S II. Not only was the Hercules rumored to be running on a Qualcomm processor (as opposed to Samsung’s in-house chip), but it also packs category 24 HSDPA that allows for 42Mbps HSPA+ speeds. It’s also rumored to launch with support for AT&T bands as well as T-Mo’s normal AWS.
Then again, T-Mobile could have simply messed up. It’s very possible custom hardware had nothing to do with it, they just didn’t take the launch seriously enough. They are rumored to host a separate showing for their Galaxy S II once more information is made available, so maybe they thought, “hey, even a little something now is better than nothing.” After all, the Hercules has been rumored for a late October launch before. It looks like that’s one of the leaks that just may come true.
How do you feel about the whole thing, T-Mobile users? Sad? Let down? Glad you got to at least see the device? Let us know in the comments below.