T-Mobile 'Hercules' rears head, muscle comes from dual-core Qualcomm proc?

It looks like T-Mobile just can't stop the good Android news from flowing. Word on the street is there's a new Samsung phone in the pipeline for T-Mobile, codenamed "Hercules," which might be the Infuse 4G's stronger, faster cousin.

Details aren't scant even though this one won't be released for a while (we're talking mid-August), but this is what's currently listed:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED plus display at 480x800
  • Android 2.3
  • NFC
  • T-Mobile's new 42Mbps HSPA + data speed
  • TMo's 1700MHz band for 3G, plus AT&T's 850MHz and 1900MHz bands, in case the merger goes through
  • A 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor -- fast, fast, fast
  • 8MP rear camera
  • MHL adapter for HDMI out. Booo.

So it's a souped up Infuse 4G? And judging by our recent review of the Infuse, that's certainly saying something. What's everyone think? Is this T-Mobile's next superphone? At any rate, if it's packing hardware like that, it's bound to be a strong contender.

Source: This Is My Next

  • AT&T has 850Mhz and 1900Mhz not 8050
  • How does the processor compare with the SGS2's Exynos?
  • After the G2x debacle I'll stay skeptical that those AT&T 3G/4G bands are there.
  • Qualcomm processor?? Where's the Exynos?? Isn't that the same processor that's being used in the HTC sensation??
  • 4.5 inches at 480x800?!?!?! Whats wrong with these people?
  • Also why keep releasing this phones on a company that's about to sell???
  • Qualcomm.....bah.
  • If those are the real specs T-Mobile will have a very big seller on their hands. This is the kind of hardware that the consumer who wants to stay with T-Mobile to the very end wants to buy. They can stay with the best Network and not worry about this supposed buy out if it does go thru. Waste not want not, I would gamble that this phone will out sell all other Android or any other phone in T-Mobile's inventory. Great job T-Mobile. That will be my next phone after the HTC.
  • Winning!
  • Up to 42mbps = Sign me up! Not a big fan of Samsung but the specs (if true) are enough to make me want to give it a try!
  • "1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor" that's the same processor being used in HP Touchpad. Supposedly a dual core beast
  • 4.5 inch screen though? how big does a screen need to be on a phone? I'm content with 4.0''
  • Ditto...does this even fit in pockets any more? :-P
    I'd be happy w/ a 4" screen at $100 less :-)
  • Does anyone know, if the Qualcomm APQ8060 processor is CDMA compatible? We need a 4.5" too ya know! : - )
  • I just got an android boner. Damn, my contract expires later this year too...I was planning on switching to sprint but this phone might make me stay with T-Mobile.
  • Correct me if im wrong (which I may very well be) but the APQ8060 is EXACTLY the same as the MSM8660 that will go into the HTC EVO 3D.
  • According to AnandTech it is the same processor as the MSM8x60 series, but APQ doesn't have a modem. So it would surprise me that Samsung would put a APQ8060 in a smartphone. I mean you can always attach a modem to it (a-la HTC ThunderBolt's LTE) but that is not always the best approach (a-la HTC ThunderBolt's battery life). That's my understanding at least, but I'm no expert. This guy is an expert:
  • The modem in the MSM8x60 only does 14Mbps. Hence if you wanted 42Mbps, your best option would be to use the APQ8060 plus a separate modem.
  • What's the point of having a 4.5" SAMOLED+ display only to keep the same 480x800 resolution as the 4" SAMOLED. 4.5" at 480x800 < 4" at 480x800 ppi. FAIL! MHL adapter for HDMI out. FAIL! No thanks, I'll wait for the SGS2.