Samsung T989 (Hercules?) Passes Bluetooth Org



A T-Mobile Samsung phone with the model number T989 has just passed Bluetooth Org, but what exactly could it be? The model number suggests it could be a part of the Galaxy S line. The Samsung Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G were T989 and T989v respectively, though, and we’re not sure if this is a case of “the higher the number, the better the phone”. One thought is it could be that Samsung Hercules we’ve all been hearing about.

If previous rumors are to be believed, T-Mobile will have a Galaxy S II phone but it won’t be quite like the versions for Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Instead, the Samsung Hercules will have a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core processor by Qualcomm with an Adreno 220 GPU, full 42mbps HSPA+ support with AT&T radios in case the merger is approved and a whole lot more. A full list of those specs can be had below.

T-Mobile is thought to be passing on a true Galaxy S II phone due to uncertainty with the looming merger. If approved, AT&T would have had two Galaxy S II phones which could get very confusing for both AT&T and consumers down the line. With that, the Hercules would be to the Samsung Attain as the Samsung Infuse 4G is to the Samsung Captivate when all is said and done. I

t’s still a bit too early to think of it that way, though, as integration might take quite some time to start after the merger is possibly approved, and we still don’t know exactly how long that’ll take. In any case, keep your eyes on this phone if you’re a T-Mobile customer.

  • 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


Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. This is my next phone.  Hopefully before the end of next month we will have a spyshot of this thing.

    1. Same

  2. Just to clear things up the Samsung Vibrant for T-mobile is called the T959 not T989. 

    1. I noticed that, too.  However, I wrote it off as the 8 being just about the 5 on the keypad.

  3. Sounds good to me

  4. i am feeling this phone.

  5. would much rather have the nexus prime…full HD screen?  YES PLEASE!!!!  (plus anything really over the 5+ inches in length is just too big for me…5 inches would be perfect…with no buttons…)  Also the phone is too wide…i don’t want to carry around a tablet in my pocket (dell streak i’m looking at u…lol)

    btw no homo!  lol

    1. Pause!

  6. Vibrant T959… and Galaxy S 4G was T959V :)

  7. This is getting ridiculous. I would have bought this phone had it been RELEASED this month but its obvious that manufacturers see the US market as ignorant and stupid. There have sgs 2s in other parts of the world for long enought where we can attribute this to a marketing ploy. If it were really so hard to consolidate with US carriers then we would see this issue with other products but generally there should not be a several month gap in where a flagship product is being sold. Now we are all waiting on the butonless ice cream sandwich phones that will blow past our dual cores. The release of these products will be at the most 5 months away, This causes peopel to not only have buying uncertainty but it also causes people who are (no offence) dumb with money to buy the next phone and next phone for either full price (600+) or adding more years to a cellular contract. For those of you who keep saying things about how its not really eithers fault for whatever reason are primarily wrong. The evidence is the fact that they will inevitably profit more! Being in TV sales I can see how these manufacturers act when it comes to 2500 dollar and up products and even for those there is clear price gouging. Wifi is rarely built into any tv (non crappy vizio-esq brands) this requires users to pay an extra 80 bucks for a wifi “dongle”. basically STOP ASSUMING THAT THE MANUFACTURERS ARE NOT RIPPING EVERYONE OFF THEY COULD HAVE HAD SGS2 IN THE US AT LAUNCH IF THEY RELLY WANTED TOO.

  8. one more thing, I would never buy the next nexus if it turns out to be LG. We have seen rumors of it being LG then HTC and now Samsung. I prefer samsungs due to the amoled and ram they offer but, if the new nexus is LG, even if it is the most bomb phone that “makes you and island, turns into a fucking jet and then flies you there” I would never buy it. I would simply never buy an LG product, they are the most poorly manufactured electronics in the high price catergory. I am completly convinced that any good review on them was caused by them giving a hefty donation to whoever reviews it ie Cnet and Consumer reports. I have seen ALL of their products fail from TVs to appliances way more than any other brand. Sylvania seems to make higher quality stuff. But I in no way believe the recanted statement that the G2X was not recalled but on “short supply”  I call BS. Their phones and all products are crappy, they should either make them better or drop the prices to compete with brands like phillips (tv), Amana (appliances) and maybe pantech or sanyo (for phones). I dont care if they have a tegra 2, a viewsonic g tab has one and they suck too and only cost 150.00 on sale no contract so dont be a victim of price gouging.

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