What is the TMobile Hercules by Samsung

first_imgT-Mobile’s relationship with Android has been interesting. As the carrier to first bring Android to the US, and the one that allowed Google to launch all of their developer phones on their network, the lads in magenta have definitely been responsible for much of the success Android has had. Their developers have even contributed to the Android ecosystem, with their release of the Android 2.3 friendly theme system that is now included in CyanogenMod.It’s not always been a great ride, however, with Android fanatics growing increasingly upset with the carrier for being the only one without an Android powered 4.3-inch device. Wouldn’t it be funny if, after months of seeing customers beg for a larger screened Android phone like the EVO or the Thunderbolt, T-Mobile would turn around and drop a 4.5-inch monster like the Samsung Infuse on AT&T? Well, apparently that’s exactly what they plan to do.AdChoices广告According to an exclusive landed by the crew at This is My Next, Samsung has prepared an answer to the Infuse that is internally being called the Hercules. This phone is not even being evaluated by T-Mobile yet, but it is clear that the device has been built to ride the magenta wave as it crashes into AT&T and survive. The radio in it supports the 42Mbps theoretical speeds of T-Mobiles HSPA+ network, but is also AWS 850/1900 ready, so it will move gracefully into the architecture AT&T has proposed should the merger actually complete before this phone becomes obsolete. This radio configuration has been seen before (LG G2X), however, as it was originally reported that several recent T-Mobile phone would be “merger-proof” that turned out to be false.The screen is 4.5-inch, so just a hair larger than the EVO or Thunderbolt, but if the Infuse reviews are any indication the device will feel simply massive in the hand. I have to wonder about these reviews, however, as they sound familiar to what we heard when the EVO first came out, earning the phone the moniker of “clownphone” for a little while. The screen size is likely not as bad as preliminary reviews would cast it. What is kind of disappointing about the screen, however, is the decision to stick with 480×800 resolution. A larger screen with the same pixel density of a smaller screen will cause images to be far less sharp than recent qHD devices like the Sensation and the EVO 3D, but with Samsung as the manufacturer I am sure this Super Amoled+ screen will be erupting with vibrant colors and deep blacks, just like the Infuse.Adding fuel to the speculation that Apple is busy buying up an arsenal of parts for their next device, this phone will be dual-core, but not made by Samsung. Instead, Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual core processor will replace the Exynos chip that Samsung has been working on for some time. This could seriously affect the functionality of the device, considering the massive differences in performance we’re hearing already about the Galaxy S2 over devices like the EVO 3D.Some of the odds and ends this Android 2.3 device will have strapped on will be an NFC chip, an MHL port, and an 8MP camera. So far Samsung has been the only manufacturer to really step up to NFC, but it is still unknown if this chip will support the ISIS payment gateway compliant or not. The MHL capabilities of the Hercules will remove the need for a dedicated HDMI port, but still requires a special cable that has yet to be included with a phone as well as an MHL compliant television to use it. The camera on this phone will be capable of recording at 1080p out of the box, and will include an undescribed front facing camera to complement it.So there you have it. The Hercules doesn’t really have a release timeframe, but it is being pretty highly speculated that this is being pitched to T-Mobile as the answer to the next iPhone, as well as potentially of the first “merger-proof” devices that are coming to the network at the end of this year. If that is in fact the purpose, the question the becomes, would you stand in line for this phone?last_img

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