Samsung Hercules Unveiled For T-Mobile, Galaxy S 2 Variant Confirmed

The vaunted Samsung Hercules is rumored to be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42Mbps device and if nothing else about the device grabs your attention, that fact alone should. Up until this point it’s look, style, color and pretty much everything else has been a guessing game. Will it or won’t it be a Samsung Galaxy S 2 model or variant for T-Mobile has been a question we’ve been asking ourselves almost daily since word first came down that this device existed back in May with the leaked 2011 roadmap.

Well now we’ve got pics and what we consider to be pretty concrete evidence that this is in fact a Galaxy S 2 model since it says Galaxy S 2 on the backplate of the phone. That’s a dead giveaway if we have anything to say about it. Unfortunately none of these images shows off a lot about the phone including the Touchwiz Interface that is undoubtedly running over Android which we are so eager to see. We’ve got three pics for you along with a leaked shot that comes courtesy of Pocket Now this morning which shows the front of the Hercules which matches up quite nicely with our own shot of the front side.

So what do we know about it? Our ninja told us we are definitely looking at a 4.5″ inch display and the phone is fast, fast and fast. Netflix is preinstalled thankfully and we’re told it works like a charm. The messaging, email and calendar app are amazing and much better than the stock Google offerings.

That’s all for now but we know the phone is in the wild so let’s all cross our fingers for a much more in depth look at the Samsung Hercules sometime soon!

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  • Anonymous

    4.5 inch screen? *Drools*

  • Anonymous

    4.5 inch screen? *Drools*

  • Oce

    Wonder how the Qualcomm chips are going to stack up against the Exynos offerings.  Why would they do this.  Why can’t they just release phones in the US exactly as they were released in the UK.

  • Oce

    Wonder how the Qualcomm chips are going to stack up against the Exynos offerings.  Why would they do this.  Why can’t they just release phones in the US exactly as they were released in the UK.

  • Nayyak

    Man,
    What is with the search button? who uses that?
    I thought they had learned from the vibrant mistake and would replace it with a camera button.

    I think it is a marketing strategy, They first release a phone with no LED flash, then they release a phone with no camera button so they can release a phone with a camera flash before thinking of a major hardware improvement.

  • Nayyak

    Man,
    What is with the search button? who uses that?
    I thought they had learned from the vibrant mistake and would replace it with a camera button.

    I think it is a marketing strategy, They first release a phone with no LED flash, then they release a phone with no camera button so they can release a phone with a camera flash before thinking of a major hardware improvement.

    • Neoprimal

      I’d rather a search than camera button (ie if I HAD to pick between the 2), I suppose because I use voice search for everything all the time; dialing numbers, quick web search, directions, etc. So here’s at least 1 vote for the design. Granted, no camera button can be disorienting, especially if you take lots of pics or are used to it. 

  • now_onTMO

    Ooooooh tempting…

  • Vlad

    Does anyone know what they talking about here?
    It sounds like some of you, especially one person is building his own processors.
    If it will be snapdragon, it will most probably be MSM8660, same one that was used HTC Evo 3d.
    And it only comes in two flavors 1.2  OR 1.5 GHz Dual-core Scorpion
    There is NO single core version.
    With all other phones on the market, Sensation, iPhone5 coming out, Others…
    If Samsung waited this long and will use some old chip, then it will be plain stupid, and this phone will be a total loss. Instead of keeping customers with T-Mobile, people will just run to get iPhone without any more second thoughts.

    • HelenJ

      You are right.   But if Samsung puts the Exynos in another carriers S2 variant then I would get that before an iphone 5.  I really have no desire to go back to an iphone if I did, I’d dust off my 2G ir 3gs because the 5 wont be much different.

  • Vlad

    Does anyone know what they talking about here?
    It sounds like some of you, especially one person is building his own processors.
    If it will be snapdragon, it will most probably be MSM8660, same one that was used HTC Evo 3d.
    And it only comes in two flavors 1.2  OR 1.5 GHz Dual-core Scorpion
    There is NO single core version.
    With all other phones on the market, Sensation, iPhone5 coming out, Others…
    If Samsung waited this long and will use some old chip, then it will be plain stupid, and this phone will be a total loss. Instead of keeping customers with T-Mobile, people will just run to get iPhone without any more second thoughts.

  • JimH

    If the Hercules has the same crappy Qualcomm 1.2GHz chip as the HTC Sensation, they should rename the S2 to Delilah.  That Qualcomm (MSM8660) is based on their Scopion architecture which is a slightly modified version of the Cortex A8 (and enhanced in areas that don’t really impact day to day usage…e.g. floating point calcs).  The Exynos 4210 is based on Cortex A9 and it blows the Qualcomm out of the water.  So I hope the Hercules has a new Qualcomm Krait (MSM8960), otherwise I will be going to another carrier for the S2.

  • JimH

    If the Hercules has the same crappy Qualcomm 1.2GHz chip as the HTC Sensation, they should rename the S2 to Delilah.  That Qualcomm (MSM8660) is based on their Scopion architecture which is a slightly modified version of the Cortex A8 (and enhanced in areas that don’t really impact day to day usage…e.g. floating point calcs).  The Exynos 4210 is based on Cortex A9 and it blows the Qualcomm out of the water.  So I hope the Hercules has a new Qualcomm Krait (MSM8960), otherwise I will be going to another carrier for the S2.

    • zps

      ugh i pray you are right, and they are not using old processors!

    • zps

      ugh i pray you are right, and they are not using old processors!

    • Vlad

      Not sure about MSM8960, it’s only scheduled to be available in Q4 2011.

    • Kirbdaddy

      Rename it Delilah???  Delilah is connected to Samson and is from the Holy Bible.  Hercules is from Greek mythology.

      • DarrenFinis445

        Deliliah is a chick, that’s the point.  Who cares if they are somehow related.  Get a life!

  • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

    Effing huge but I want it so bad. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

    Effing huge but I want it so bad. 

    • alt-mobile

      that’s what she said

    • alt-mobile

      that’s what she said

    • alt-mobile

      that’s what she said

  • HelenJ

    A V8 engine or that tomato drink?

  • HelenJ

    A V8 engine or that tomato drink?

  • HelenJ

    A V8 engine or that tomato drink?

  • Anonymous

    Hope that “ninja” provides a list of specs — soon…tomorrow.  Why not?
    Surely you won’t “get in trouble” any more for quantitative information than for providing pictures…right? 

  • http://j.mp/slayerXcore Josh (SlayerXcore) K
    • Vlad

      If that’s the real phone, which exact is the processor?

    • Anonymous

      Man that screen is beautiful can’t wait till it comes out

    • Anonymous

      Man that screen is beautiful can’t wait till it comes out

  • http://j.mp/slayerXcore Josh (SlayerXcore) K
  • http://j.mp/slayerXcore Josh (SlayerXcore) K
  • Anonymous

    Only getting this if it has the Exynos processor. Otherwise, might just for the Sensation. 

    Why this magnificent phone wouldn’t come with Exynos is beyond me.

  • Anonymous

    Only getting this if it has the Exynos processor. Otherwise, might just for the Sensation. 

    Why this magnificent phone wouldn’t come with Exynos is beyond me.

    • Anonymous

      Better battery life, bigger brighter screen, better camera, and speaker than HTC’s crappy offerings but HTC phones are built like tanks though. I miss the solid build of my G1 and Nexus S but but Samsung’s hardware blows anything out of the water. 

    • Anonymous

      Better battery life, bigger brighter screen, better camera, and speaker than HTC’s crappy offerings but HTC phones are built like tanks though. I miss the solid build of my G1 and Nexus S but but Samsung’s hardware blows anything out of the water. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

      why? Sensation has a qualcomm too! foolz

      • HarryKa

        Good point, they both would suck.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but the qHD resolution would make it a better option, especially because of the size of the screen.

  • Anonymous

    Only getting this if it has the Exynos processor. Otherwise, might just for the Sensation. 

    Why this magnificent phone wouldn’t come with Exynos is beyond me.

  • Benzworld

    Finally I’ve been waiting to see which model or variant T Mobile would get. I have the G2X and absolutely love it. I can’t lie I been going crazy waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S2. Not to sure how a 4.5 inch phone is going to feel in the hand. I had a HTC HD2 and a HTC HD7 which are 4.2. I guess I’ll have to play around with it in the store to see. Gotta admit I happy as hell right now! :)

    • Anonymous

      Go to an AT&T store and hold the Samsung Infuse (same 4.5 inch SAMOLED Plus Screen) , its supposed to have a similar feeling. My Girlfriend has the Infuse and its Huge compared to my Nexus S but feels and looks cheaper.

      • http://www.formspring.me/carmencrishnaya Carmen Crishnaya

        I’ve played with an infuse…my roomie has one. LOL, doesn’t feel cheap at all.

    • Anonymous

      Go to an AT&T store and hold the Samsung Infuse (same 4.5 inch SAMOLED Plus Screen) , its supposed to have a similar feeling. My Girlfriend has the Infuse and its Huge compared to my Nexus S but feels and looks cheaper.

    • Anonymous

      The original Galaxy S II (with a 4.3″ screen) is slightly narrower than the HD2 (66.1 vs 67mm), so maybe with a 4.5″ screen it might be ~ the same as an HD2…but just speculating.

    • Anonymous

      The original Galaxy S II (with a 4.3″ screen) is slightly narrower than the HD2 (66.1 vs 67mm), so maybe with a 4.5″ screen it might be ~ the same as an HD2…but just speculating.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I had an HD2 too.  It actually had a 4.3″ display, so this is not a much bigger screen.

      In fact, the phone may even be smaller than the HD2 if Samsung designed the rails and frame thinner than that around the HD2.

      Regardless, the SGS II is lighter than the HD2 so even if it has a larger frame it should be easier to handle since it’s so light.

      • The ATL Guy

        Will they have this on prepaid networks?

        • http://www.formspring.me/carmencrishnaya Carmen Crishnaya

          you should be able to buy the phone full price and either use it with T-mobile or At&t’s prepaid networks or take it to Simple Mobile i believe.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I had an HD2 too.  It actually had a 4.3″ display, so this is not a much bigger screen.

      In fact, the phone may even be smaller than the HD2 if Samsung designed the rails and frame thinner than that around the HD2.

      Regardless, the SGS II is lighter than the HD2 so even if it has a larger frame it should be easier to handle since it’s so light.

  • Anonymous

    I literally dropped my Nexus S (on soft carpet :p ) when i saw this this morning. Exynos or not i would consider getting this phone. I just hope it doesnt have that fake crappy chrome trim around the screen like the Mytouch series and Samsungs Infuse on AT&T. Can stand that overused feature.

  • Anonymous

    I literally dropped my Nexus S (on soft carpet :p ) when i saw this this morning. Exynos or not i would consider getting this phone. I just hope it doesnt have that fake crappy chrome trim around the screen like the Mytouch series and Samsungs Infuse on AT&T. Can stand that overused feature.

  • Guest

    If this doesn’t have the Exynos, then I’ll just order one that does.

    • Anonymous

      exactly.

    • Anonymous

      exactly.

    • Anonymous

      exactly.

    • Neoprimal

      I’m wary about this as well. I’d rather the Exynos myself.

  • Guest

    If this doesn’t have the Exynos, then I’ll just order one that does.

  • Danny

    How thin and light is this phone compared to the Euro version of the SGS2? 

    The screen does seem very wide but if the design is super stealth thin and light I might want to pick this up.

    Metal back is decent but I honestly didn’t care for it on the MyTouch 4G.  It made the phone feel heavier and bulkier than it should have and made a warm phone feel even hotter as metal conducts heat more.  

    T-Mobile:  Please have replaceable battery door covers for those of us who need to replace ours in the future for this phone and other accessories that are useful.  Your selection of accessories for the G2x is embarrassing. 

    Please test out the battery to make sure it doesn’t die in 8 hours of normal use and make sure this thing knows how to properly connect to your data networks right.  I hate “4G,” phones that camp out on GSM or 2G only when a good 4G signal is available.  

  • Anonymous

    Mmmk:

    1. I believe he said to take a picture of the back of the device…
    2. Also where’s the proof of the 1.5 ghz processor/ screenshot of hardware specs. Lets say you have the device, how would you know the hardware specs unless you pried the phone open?
    3. How does someone who works for Time Warner become a Samsung tester?

  • Anonymous

    Mmmk:

    1. I believe he said to take a picture of the back of the device…
    2. Also where’s the proof of the 1.5 ghz processor/ screenshot of hardware specs. Lets say you have the device, how would you know the hardware specs unless you pried the phone open?
    3. How does someone who works for Time Warner become a Samsung tester?

  • http://twitter.com/bufbarnaby Joe

    Schwing-inducing. Tent pole.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the trackpad was removed due to the Apple litigation (aka: bull.shit lawsuit)?  I like how it looks without the trackpad; wonder if ease of use is hampered, though, without the trackpad.

    • TMOTECH

      Who uses a trackpad on a touchscreen phone? 

      • Anonymous

        I use the optical mouse on my DInc all the time. Helps to position the cursor when editing text.

        I’m sure the trackpad is just ad useful.

      • Anonymous

        I miss is it switching from a mt3g to the vibrant. It makes a lot of stuff easier. Typing, some games, etc. Although I think it was just a home button and not an optical trackpad, I could be wrong though.

      • Anonymous

        I miss is it switching from a mt3g to the vibrant. It makes a lot of stuff easier. Typing, some games, etc. Although I think it was just a home button and not an optical trackpad, I could be wrong though.

      • Anonymous

        I miss is it switching from a mt3g to the vibrant. It makes a lot of stuff easier. Typing, some games, etc. Although I think it was just a home button and not an optical trackpad, I could be wrong though.

      • Anonymous

        I miss is it switching from a mt3g to the vibrant. It makes a lot of stuff easier. Typing, some games, etc. Although I think it was just a home button and not an optical trackpad, I could be wrong though.

      • Anonymous

        WHO?: People who write and want to select and edit text…and to more-precisely navigate (and select) stuff on web pages.  A trackpad gives much-more precise cursor-control than dragging a finger on the screen.
        But for people whose use of the “phone” is mostly passive or “big-view” based — watching videos, taking pictures, etc. or who text and don’t care if their writing has errors (most people) then the relatively crude navigation on the screen is good enough.
        BUT since the Galaxy S II (in any version) never had a trackpad, it’s a moot point.

      • Anonymous

        WHO?: People who write and want to select and edit text…and to more-precisely navigate (and select) stuff on web pages.  A trackpad gives much-more precise cursor-control than dragging a finger on the screen.
        But for people whose use of the “phone” is mostly passive or “big-view” based — watching videos, taking pictures, etc. or who text and don’t care if their writing has errors (most people) then the relatively crude navigation on the screen is good enough.
        BUT since the Galaxy S II (in any version) never had a trackpad, it’s a moot point.

    • Anonymous

      There is no track pad.

      It’s just a big home button.

      They removed it so it looks more like the original Vibrant and so that the layout is more familiar (four buttons vs 3). I personally don’t care for the 4 button layout.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, thanks.  I didn’t realize the track pad couldn’t be used to scroll the cursor.  Glad to see it left out of the U.S. version, then.

  • Mikex915

    This or the nexus 3? Difference to me is hercules has 42 HSPA+. What will the nexus 3 have? The sensation’s 14.4 is much slower then my galaxy s 4g’s 21 HSPA+ data. Can’t even guess how fast the 42 HSPA+ network is.

    • Sh

      It can’t be the Nexus-3 since it has that cheap looking shiny chrome trim around the phone.

      • Mikex915

        Never said it was the nexus 3. Point of comment was which one to buy cause hercules has 42 HSPA+ and it should be really fast. Also nobody knows what version of t-mobiles HSPA’s network the nexus is going to run on.

      • Mikex915

        Never said it was the nexus 3. Point of comment was which one to buy cause hercules has 42 HSPA+ and it should be really fast. Also nobody knows what version of t-mobiles HSPA’s network the nexus is going to run on.

    • Anonymous

      I’m debating the same thing =/. Hopefully something gets confirmed on the Nexus before this phone gets released…

    • Anonymous

      I’m debating the same thing =/. Hopefully something gets confirmed on the Nexus before this phone gets released…

  • Anonymous

    Lame try, dude.  That front could be lots of phones.  Post a photo of your hand (or any hand) holding the phone so that the “T-Mobile” AND “Galaxy S II” on the back of the phone are showing.
    By NOT posting a photo that confirms your claim you’re basically confirming the doubter’s suspicions.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Enough of this squabbling…I’m convinced he has the phone. End of discussion.

      • Anonymous

        OK…then you should change the description of the phone to being single-core, as he says. If so, it would be a big scoop, right?

        • http://tmonews.com David

          As it was explained to me…I see no need to make any changes right now.

        • Anonymous

          riiiight ;)

        • http://tmonews.com David

          As it was explained to me…I see no need to make any changes right now.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          As it was explained to me…I see no need to make any changes right now.

      • Anonymous

        OK…then you should change the description of the phone to being single-core, as he says. If so, it would be a big scoop, right?

  • Anonymous

    Too early in the year?  It’s being released next month.

  • Anonymous

    I remember last year there were rumors whether or not Samsung would put the hummingbird processor in US variant phones. So it seems we’re in the same boat again, wondering whether they will or not. Imo I can’t see them not using their own processor , I’m sure they can or have made it capable to run the 42mbps that its rumored to do.

  • Anonymous

    I remember last year there were rumors whether or not Samsung would put the hummingbird processor in US variant phones. So it seems we’re in the same boat again, wondering whether they will or not. Imo I can’t see them not using their own processor , I’m sure they can or have made it capable to run the 42mbps that its rumored to do.

    • Anonymous

      I agree

    • Anonymous

      I agree

  • Anonymous

    Well, it’s a pretty cool phone, dual core and 4.5″ Amoled and doesn’t afraid of anything.
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    GIVE ME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    geeeze so much for signing NDA’s

  • Anonymous

    geeeze so much for signing NDA’s

  • joseph slemp

    Will the Hercules have any advantages over the SGSII (reception-wise) other than the HSPA+ 42Mbps radio?

    • Vlad2277

      People you need to temporary forget about SGS2, at least until we have concrete proof of specs.
      If this phone will have same processor as HTC Sensation, it will just be improved version of AT&T Infuse NOT SGS2 variant !!!

      • joseph slemp

        The reason I asked is because I was thinking about buying a SGSII and using it with Tmob’s service.

      • joseph slemp

        The reason I asked is because I was thinking about buying a SGSII and using it with Tmob’s service.

    • Vlad2277

      People you need to temporary forget about SGS2, at least until we have concrete proof of specs.
      If this phone will have same processor as HTC Sensation, it will just be improved version of AT&T Infuse NOT SGS2 variant !!!

  • joseph slemp

    Will the Hercules have any advantages over the SGSII (reception-wise) other than the HSPA+ 42Mbps radio?

  • Anonymous

    is it that difficult for samsung to just give us the original SGS2 with t-mobile branding and radio?

    • zee

      I wonder the same all the time!

  • Anonymous

    is it that difficult for samsung to just give us the original SGS2 with t-mobile branding and radio?

  • AlealeG2

    Does anyone know which company is creating the next Nexus phone??? If I remember correctly it either may be HTC or LG. But if Samsung is the one making the next Nexus phone..this is how it would more or less look like…

    Good looking phone here

  • AlealeG2

    Does anyone know which company is creating the next Nexus phone??? If I remember correctly it either may be HTC or LG. But if Samsung is the one making the next Nexus phone..this is how it would more or less look like…

    Good looking phone here

  • AlealeG2

    Does anyone know which company is creating the next Nexus phone??? If I remember correctly it either may be HTC or LG. But if Samsung is the one making the next Nexus phone..this is how it would more or less look like…

    Good looking phone here

  • Anonymous

    If this phone turns out to be single-core, as someone claimed (as unlikely as that scenario may be), then this won’t be the same phone at all — it’ll move down from “superphone” to second-tier.  Certainly no iPhone-killer.
    And it would be hard to understand in what sense this would be considered a “variant” on the Galaxy S II at all…unless ANY phone made by Samsung could be called a G S II…or at least any Samsung phone with a large AMOLED screen and an 8M-pixel camera.
    Sure, maybe in real-world use (not benchmarking) a dual-core phone is only slightly better than a single-core phone, but that’s not the perception.  And perception is everything in what most people buy.
    And if this turns out to be a dual-core phone then that makes the claim of “single-core”… well, “wrong” would be the polite term.  Time will tell.

    • Vlad2277

      It’s not only about single or double core, it’s all about what kind of processor. It may be double, but snapdragon, a very similar one to one in Sensation, but not as powerful as the one in real SGS2.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…manufacturers and carriers can do whatever they want, but it sure seems odd to me that something as fundamental as the processor (or display, for that matter) can be changed and they still call the phone by the same name.  (and “Galaxy S II” does appear on the back of the T-Mo version)
        Radio-bands? — yes, necessarily. Cosmetics? — why not.  Pre-loaded apps? — unfortunately.
        But change the brand and/or class of processor?  Nope — it’s a different phone entirely.
        But…I don’t make the rules — I’m not even consulted! ;)

  • Stephanie29

    Its kinda plain lookin.  At least Samsung upgraded cam and added a flash.  lol