May 17th, 2011

Our friends at This Is My Next have uncovered another supposed forthcoming phone. This time, T-Mobile is getting some 4.5 inch love from Samsung in the form of the Hercules. (Quite the appropriate name if this spec sheet is accurate.) You’re most likely going to think about the Infuse 4G, but that phone wasn’t dual core.

This one is. And with that, you’ll probably think – “oh, a Galaxy S II!” Unlikely – this one isn’t housing Samsung’s Exynos chipset, and it isn’t even housing NVIDIA’s Tegra 2. Inside is a 1.2GHz APQ8060 processor by Qualcomm, the same processor that runs HP’s tablet. And if you know that, you’ll know that it’s no slouch. Its Adreno 220 GPU delivers insane graphics performance and high-definition video playback at buttery-smooth framerates. Here are the full specs as listed by TIMN:

  • 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

With all of this, you have to wonder why T-Mobile would even want the Galaxy S II, which could explain why their name didn’t show up next to Sprint’s, Verizon’s and AT&T’s on an accessory listing for the device. Let’s not go too far, though. We still have a long way to go to see this one pan out and it could very well end up being a compliment rather than a replacement to the S II.

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