Samsung Hercules, HTC Ruby Release Dates Unveiled

There is little doubt that the Samsung Hercules aka Galaxy S II and the HTC Ruby are two of T-Mobile’s most anticipated devices as we rev up the back-to-school season. Both devices are Android powerhouses with each promising something a little different. We’re still missing out on a whole lot of details regarding both devices but one thing we can cross off our to do list is attempting to nail down a release timeframe.

While rumors had pegged the Hercules for a late September arrival, this back-to-school leaked slideshow tells us that both the Samsung Hercules and HTC Ruby will arrive on October 26th of this year. Of course this far out it’s entirely possible that date could change many times over but at the very least we’ve got the first physical evidence that shows a release date.

WIth the Samsung Galaxy S II event coming up at the end of the month we expect that T-Mobile will be on hand to show off their Hercules variant and give us the usual “coming soon” speech. Of course Galaxy S II fans have a reason to compare the beast that is the Samsung Hercules against the HTC Ruby with specs that clearly rival it. There is plenty of time to compare both devices with a release timeframe of over two months away and we’re likely to know a whole lot more about each device as the October date approaches.

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  • None

    Who goes “back to school” in late October?

    • Anonymous

      Lol

    • Jerrill

      Good point. I’m hoping that this is completely off. I can barely wait any longer. My mytouch3g is seriously gonna crap out pretty soon. I really want that frekkin Hercules phone.

  • IT Guy

    As cool as that Hercules looks, I think I’m going to pass on it. 4.5″ is just a bit too much screen for me. Even the Sensation @4.3″ is stretching it (For me personally).

    I’m going to hold off a while and see where all this AT&T stuff goes before I buy another device on T-Mobile. 

    • Brandon Dean

      In all honesty, I would say now, or at least before the deal is final, is the best time to renew. You can gaurantee that no plan at&t will offer will be nearly as inexpensive as t-mobiles, and the terms will be grandfathered in. Otherwise, you will be stuck with whatever plan At&t will be offering (likely pricier and with a lower data ceiling.)

    • Brandon Dean

      In all honesty, I would say now, or at least before the deal is final, is the best time to renew. You can gaurantee that no plan at&t will offer will be nearly as inexpensive as t-mobiles, and the terms will be grandfathered in. Otherwise, you will be stuck with whatever plan At&t will be offering (likely pricier and with a lower data ceiling.)

  • IT Guy

    As cool as that Hercules looks, I think I’m going to pass on it. 4.5″ is just a bit too much screen for me. Even the Sensation @4.3″ is stretching it (For me personally).

    I’m going to hold off a while and see where all this AT&T stuff goes before I buy another device on T-Mobile. 

  • Brandon Dean

    Hmm… If the ruby or hercules ships with stock, I’m sold. I’d give my G2X to my brother since it will easily be more phone than he’d EVER use. 1.5 GHZ on STOCK would be mindblowing. The thought of a 4.5inch Screen makes my mouth water!

    The sensation 4g, despite being 1.2ghz dualcore is actually slower than the G2X in tests because of the Sense UI. So even with  a 1.5ghz processor, Sense and a bigger screen might not make it any faster than less powerful phones. 

    • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

      The Tegra 2 is just a faster chip than the Snapdragon in the Sensation. It has nothing to do with clock speed or Sense UI. You can’t compare processor performance solely based on clock speed. That’s not how it works.

      Also, why would you expect either phone to run stock?

      • J-Hop2o6

        Also, (if you’re talking about the GPU tests) the Sensation resolution is qHD, while the G2x is only WVGA, which means the GPU has to work harder to push more lines.. but if the GPU test was a WVGA test, then that would be fair.. Also, the Qualcomm 8260 inside of the Sensation is dual-core, but its still the old ARM A8, instead of the new A9 thats in the Tegra 2 (G2x).

    • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

      The Tegra 2 is just a faster chip than the Snapdragon in the Sensation. It has nothing to do with clock speed or Sense UI. You can’t compare processor performance solely based on clock speed. That’s not how it works.

      Also, why would you expect either phone to run stock?

  • Brandon Dean

    Hmm… If the ruby or hercules ships with stock, I’m sold. I’d give my G2X to my brother since it will easily be more phone than he’d EVER use. 1.5 GHZ on STOCK would be mindblowing. The thought of a 4.5inch Screen makes my mouth water!

    The sensation 4g, despite being 1.2ghz dualcore is actually slower than the G2X in tests because of the Sense UI. So even with  a 1.5ghz processor, Sense and a bigger screen might not make it any faster than less powerful phones. 

  • Brandon Dean

    Hmm… If the ruby or hercules ships with stock, I’m sold. I’d give my G2X to my brother since it will easily be more phone than he’d EVER use. 1.5 GHZ on STOCK would be mindblowing. The thought of a 4.5inch Screen makes my mouth water!

    The sensation 4g, despite being 1.2ghz dualcore is actually slower than the G2X in tests because of the Sense UI. So even with  a 1.5ghz processor, Sense and a bigger screen might not make it any faster than less powerful phones. 

  • newbie

    Who put the pictures of the phones in the picture. That is clearly not the Hercules or Ruby.

    • Anonymous

      yea noticed.fake article maybe?

      • newbie

        Thats what I was thinking. Why would tmobile put out a slide with att infuse 4g in it.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        They are called placeholders as the real pictures of the device haven’t been disseminated.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        They are called placeholders as the real pictures of the device haven’t been disseminated.

  • newbie

    Who put the pictures of the phones in the picture. That is clearly not the Hercules or Ruby.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    October!?! Then its the 26th?!? Thats the day after KING OF FIGHTERS 13 comes out. Sorry but the Hercules and Ruby just lost it for me. I’m getting either the N9 or Sensation. This HD2 just cant hold on til late October or rather, I don’t want to wait til October for a upgrade. N9 comes out in September. I heard the N9 releases around the 15th overseas. Unfortunately that means importing which means $$$. I’ve also demoed the Sensation and while the weather look unbelievably good, everything else was pretty standard Android stuff. I’ll give it til Sept. I can’t wait another 2 months with this HD2, ESPECIALLY when its so close to the release of KOF 13. I am hoping they change the Hercules or Ruby’s date to September or that LG comes out with a 4.3 device on Tmo. I’m going to my Maggy store today to demo the g2x.I’m

    • Raul

      Sensation is too laggy

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Gahhh thats true. I forgot about the issues the Sensation has. Thanks for reminding me. Honestly I dont want to go the HTC route anymore as it seems like their phones have too many issues. This is another reason I want to try out LG. Anybody know if the Optimus 2X or 3D is a durable, stable device?

        • J-Hop2o6

          The G2x has been riddled with issues since release.. Its been reported many times.. Not sure about the re-release G2x w/ Gingerbread tho.

        • J-Hop2o6

          The G2x has been riddled with issues since release.. Its been reported many times.. Not sure about the re-release G2x w/ Gingerbread tho.

  • The Architect(of the Matrix)

    Oct 26?! *cringes*.. can anyone recall an instance when t-mobile released two high end phones(that directly compete against each other) on the same day?.. I’m not trolling, just really not sure..

    While I’m all for options, and more consumer choice.. I just don’t see the business sense in releasing the hercules and ruby on the same day.. in my mind, that’s the equivalent of releasing the mt4g and vibrant on the same day.. just my 2cents(please don’t flame me)..

    Keeping in mind the samsung event scheduled for aug 29th, wouldn’t it be better to release the hercules in sept(get a full month of sales in), and then release the ruby in late oct?.. but who knows maybe t-mobile feels releasing two superphones on the same day(in late oct), will be the best way to compete against the upcoming ip5.. all this speculating is giving me a headache.. end rant

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    feature devices huh?  feature until next month when TMO features another one lol … so where does this put the “totally awesome sensational Sensation” .. or the “best camera of all phones myTouch 4G Slide” ???  where does it put those phones in the pecking order?

    i understand variety trust me i do TMO .. but you needed to understand that having a billions phones for people to choose from makes technical sense but it doesn’t do any good for business when all of those phones are so similar and you refuse to make one of the a truly “featured” phone.

    ATT – iPhone
    VZ – DroidSpring – EVO
    TMO – myTouch, Slide, Sensation, Sidekick, G2, Ruby, Hercules, Nexus … what the heck is it?

    oh well doesn’t matter much anymore.

    • George

      Call it whatever the heck you want but are you seriously knocking TMobile for giving consumers more choice?  VZ = Droid and Sprint = EVO is oversimplification.  Those who aren’t keen enough to figure out which “feature” phone they want will simply pick a phone in the store that looks good, works well firsthand, and falls within their price range.  It’s not exactly rocket science.

      • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

        George you do realize you are in the minority here and are not adding to TMO’s bottom line right?  the majority of consumers flock to what they see on TV or what they see little Jimmy playing with .. the fact that we’re here on a website for mobile phones suggests that we’re what they call “hardcore” consumers .. those that are in the know.

        But unfortunately for business we are but a small group of people towards their bottom line.  And that’s the problem ..for all the “more choice” you claim it isn’t working for TMO apparently now is it.  ATT, VZ all those companies you claim are not giving choices are destroying TMO lol

        I get what you’re saying but from a mass consumer standpoint TMO needs to have a feature phone.  They need to have a phone that identifies with the company and they don’t and haven’t done that.

        Choice is awesome but not at the expense of making every choice irrelevant which is what TMO is doing with all these damn phones.

        • George

          So you’re saying that if TMO throws all of its feature phones into a basket and blindly picks one to be THE feature phone, advertises the crap out of it, it’ll do more for their bottom line?  It has everything to do with the IPhone.  AT&T got it and that’s why they’re thriving.  Verizon originally thrived due to its unrivaled coverage and now they’ve got the IPhone.  It has nothing to do with them making the DROID their featured phone, especially when that’s not even the case.  Go to their website and see which phone shows up first when sorted by “featured”.  If anything, it’s their 4G LTE capable phones that have distinguished them from the competition, not the outdated DROIDs.

      • Spanky

        Well stated. VZ currently offers several Droid models.

    • George

      Call it whatever the heck you want but are you seriously knocking TMobile for giving consumers more choice?  VZ = Droid and Sprint = EVO is oversimplification.  Those who aren’t keen enough to figure out which “feature” phone they want will simply pick a phone in the store that looks good, works well firsthand, and falls within their price range.  It’s not exactly rocket science.

    • Johnthomas414

      t mobile gives more choices for the consumer. it is the consumers job to be informed before making a purschase

  • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

    October makes it a tough sell. The new Nexus phone with Ice Cream Sandwich and a 720p screen (allegedly) will be out around the same time frame. The only downer with the Nexus is that it’s unlikely to support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42.

    • Man

      Dont worry. Its not likely you would hit the max anyway even if it did support hspa 42

      • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

        So what? No sane person expects it to hit the theoretical max. It would be an improvement over HSPA+ 21. As it is, nothing on the market comes close to Verizon LTE. HSPA+ 42 would be much closer, at least in terms of download speed.

      • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

        So what? No sane person expects it to hit the theoretical max. It would be an improvement over HSPA+ 21. As it is, nothing on the market comes close to Verizon LTE. HSPA+ 42 would be much closer, at least in terms of download speed.

      • http://rpad.tv RPadTV

        So what? No sane person expects it to hit the theoretical max. It would be an improvement over HSPA+ 21. As it is, nothing on the market comes close to Verizon LTE. HSPA+ 42 would be much closer, at least in terms of download speed.

  • David Elisha

    FAAAAKKKKEEEE

  • Blackops15thprestige

    I was really really really looking forward to the Hercules, but late October? Are u shitting me? Might as well wait for the nexus prime.

  • OKDave

    Could someone possibly help me understand why Tmo is waiting until late October to release Hercules?

    For that matter, why is Samsung dragging their feet with ALL the US carriers on releasing the SGS2, which was announced – what – back in February or thereabouts??? This has been the biggest vaporware campaign I’ve come across in ages, and its very frustrating. 

    Is the Sensation worthwhile? Can it run Flash? At some point, I’m tired of waiting and need to get a new phone, and to heck with the empty promises of the Next Great Phone coming out in just a few more months…

  • OKDave

    Could someone possibly help me understand why Tmo is waiting until late October to release Hercules?

    For that matter, why is Samsung dragging their feet with ALL the US carriers on releasing the SGS2, which was announced – what – back in February or thereabouts??? This has been the biggest vaporware campaign I’ve come across in ages, and its very frustrating. 

    Is the Sensation worthwhile? Can it run Flash? At some point, I’m tired of waiting and need to get a new phone, and to heck with the empty promises of the Next Great Phone coming out in just a few more months…

  • sashamania

    I am so sick of reading about how awsome the SGS2 is and how it is still not available in the U.S.
    T-mobile, you suck for getting it later than anyone else, it is already coming out late enough and you are making your customers wait even longer!

    • Auser72

      No other U.S. Carrier has gotten SGS2, that is what this post is about. Samsung U.S. Event announcing there release of galaxy S2 in U.S..

    • Auser72

      No other U.S. Carrier has gotten SGS2, that is what this post is about. Samsung U.S. Event announcing there release of galaxy S2 in U.S..

    • Auser72

      No other U.S. Carrier has gotten SGS2, that is what this post is about. Samsung U.S. Event announcing there release of galaxy S2 in U.S..

  • guest

    I call shenanigans….T-Mobile documents NEVER refer to phones by their code names. They’re never called the Pyramid, or Vision, or Emerald on the internal documents some employee who doesn’t care much for his job shares on here.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I beg to differ on that completely. I have seen PLENTY of documentation as well as posted them that refers to devices by their codenames. That is absolutely not true.

      • Spanky

        David,

        I am a bit wary of the “leaked” image as well. The supposed Hercules image is an Infuse with a picture of Hercules the cartoon character, the same one that circulated a while back. I highly doubt that an official T-Mobile marketing release would use a doctored photo.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I’m sorry but I don’t understand where the concept of a placeholder is lost on everyone? Since the ACTUAL image of the device hasn’t circulated yet and definitely hasn’t circulated to the national retailer group then what else would they use? This is how things are done…it’s not the first time we’ve seen something like this and it won’t be the last time. Inside the same document were all the Blackberry details that were announced this morning, along with the next few months of every deal that is going to take place at Target, Walmart, Costco and Sams Club.

          I don’t post things that I question the legitimacy of. You can call it into question all you want, that is your right but do so on the basis of actually understanding it. It’s called a placeholder, the very same kind of placeholder that was used like the one we saw a while back that you referenced.

          This isn’t T-Mobile corporate that wouldn’t use a doctored image, but a National Retailer document that absolutely would.

        • Pikachu

          Dont worry dave, haters just wanna hate <3

        • http://www.facebook.com/theglock Alex Cantstopwontstop Kleven

          Ditto “haters want to hate” youre doing a great job

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I’m sorry but I don’t understand where the concept of a placeholder is lost on everyone? Since the ACTUAL image of the device hasn’t circulated yet and definitely hasn’t circulated to the national retailer group then what else would they use? This is how things are done…it’s not the first time we’ve seen something like this and it won’t be the last time. Inside the same document were all the Blackberry details that were announced this morning, along with the next few months of every deal that is going to take place at Target, Walmart, Costco and Sams Club.

          I don’t post things that I question the legitimacy of. You can call it into question all you want, that is your right but do so on the basis of actually understanding it. It’s called a placeholder, the very same kind of placeholder that was used like the one we saw a while back that you referenced.

          This isn’t T-Mobile corporate that wouldn’t use a doctored image, but a National Retailer document that absolutely would.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I beg to differ on that completely. I have seen PLENTY of documentation as well as posted them that refers to devices by their codenames. That is absolutely not true.

  • n/a

    The delay on the S2 in the US must have something to do with Apple. They said S2 was delay cuz there been some problem negociate with US carrier, but i dont think that is the case. What I think is Apple give US carriers some kinda of deal to hold off the release of S2. With the suscessful of the S1, Apple know if S2 was release as the same time as they release in Asia and UK, they will lose to Samsung S2.

  • Rayfinn

    hmmm, guess I’ll be getting either the bionic or the defy- tic tic tic, Life is too short to wait on what I want now !  Not that I want, or get what I want when I want it,  just tired of companies playing games with the public.  Hopefully they realize this after they start losing sales- “and I’m not just speaking of TMO !   Its more than just the Cell industry.  They snooze they lose, well my $ and I’m sure others are weighing their purchases also with uncertainty about their jobs or $flo.  just my 2 cents-hmm make that my 1/10 of a cent by todays standards. 

  • Rayfinn

    hmmm, guess I’ll be getting either the bionic or the defy- tic tic tic, Life is too short to wait on what I want now !  Not that I want, or get what I want when I want it,  just tired of companies playing games with the public.  Hopefully they realize this after they start losing sales- “and I’m not just speaking of TMO !   Its more than just the Cell industry.  They snooze they lose, well my $ and I’m sure others are weighing their purchases also with uncertainty about their jobs or $flo.  just my 2 cents-hmm make that my 1/10 of a cent by todays standards. 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have a feeling it and I really like it. I’m holding out for the first Nexus this winter but it will be so hard with these two phones coming out soon! 

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have a feeling it and I really like it. I’m holding out for the first Nexus this winter but it will be so hard with these two phones coming out soon! 

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    I’m old and can’t wait for these release dates.  At this rate I will be buried with my Vibrant but in the wrong grave plot because my GPS still fails to work.

    • Outkasttt

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