Samsung Galaxy S II gets T-Mobile branding, renamed 'Hercules'

Samsung Galaxy S II gets T-Mobile branding, renamed 'Hercules'

Summary: T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S II will feature a Herculean 4.5" display, 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and be the carrier's first HSPA+ 42Mbps device.

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It looks like T-Mobile is getting a Samsung Galaxy S II variant after all and will be rebranding it as 'Hercules', according to T-moNews.

In a leaked photo obtained by T-moNews, the back cover of the unreleased Hercules smartphone clearly shows the Galaxy S II moniker along with T-Mobile branding, which looks different from the hugely popular GS II in Europe and Asia.

The Hercules also differs from the original GS II in specs according to ThisIsMyNext: it has a 4.5" display like the Samsung Infuse 4G, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU under the hood, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal storage, runs Gingerbread, and will be T-Mobile's first HSPA+ 42 Mbps device. T-moNews is reporting that the Hercules will come reloaded with Netflix, in case you need an additional reason to want T-Mobile's GS II.

Images of the front of the Hercules obtained by PocketNow shows the lack of a physical home button similar to the Google Nexus S and Samsung Infuse, but has a metallic rim like its European and Asian cousin.

Pricing for the Hercules has not been announced yet but PocketNow believes it will command upwards of $300 when it debuts on September 26. Those looking for the Euro/Asian GS II will have to look to other carriers in the U.S. than T-Mobile.

[Source: ThisIsMyNext, PocketNow, T-moNews via 9to5Google]

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  • RE: Samsung Galaxy S II gets T-Mobile branding, renamed 'Hercules'

    need a samsung galaxy II sporting a REAL keyboard
    msuesli@...
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy S II gets T-Mobile branding, renamed 'Hercules'

      @msuesli@... Oh god, hell no...
      This thing is an 8mm slim beauty.

      And, as you'll note by the ever-decreasing percentage of Android handsets with keyboards in the wild, it's something entirely unnecessary, even limiting. Not only does it add weight, bulk, complexity, and cost that could be spent elsewhere, but it doesn't improve user experience. The stock Android keyboard isn't bad, and if you really want to improve your efficiency typing, you can install something like SwiftKey, or eliminate touch typing altogether with a Swype.

      Once upon a time, coming from a Blackberry, I had an Android phone with a keyboard.. wouldn't have considered anything else.

      Now - it makes me shudder thinking about it.
      Don't ruin the pocketability of such a slim beauty with such a useless tack-on thing like a physical keyboard.
      geolemon
  • uh, Galaxy S III?

    So, it's got a different form factor than the Galaxy S II, a different key layout than the Galaxy S II, no physical button unlike the Galaxy S II, a different screen than the Galaxy S II, and a different processor than the Galaxy S II...

    ...but it's a "Galaxy S II"?

    That makes about as much sense as Sprint's prior nasty corruption of the original Galaxy S by completely changing what the phone was, with a smaller screen and a fat keyboard sliding off the back...
    Buhhh....
    geolemon