Although it’s likely that T-Mobile will soon be a part of AT&T, it seems that they still want to be the first carrier to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II in the U.S as they were for the original Galaxy S. There are multiple rumors about US Galaxy S 2 variant releases, so it will be interesting to see who will come in first!
Verizon’s Function has yet to be seen
In our previous comparison of the preliminary U.S. Galaxy S II variants, T-Mobile’s GS2 was absent from the lineup which led us to question whether or not (especially with the looming AT&T takeover) T-Mobile would even get a shot at the phone. Yesterday we got our first peek at what was being called Canadian carrier Telus’s Galaxy S II, and today we saw the same phone with T-Mobile and Galaxy S II badging. Now that we have some details about T-Mobile’s Hercules, let’s see how it stacks up against the rest of the Galaxy S II variants.
The most noticeable difference is probably the Hercules’ larger display which measures 4.5 inches diagonal (same as the Infuse 4G) versus 4.3 inches. The CPU is also rumored to be a Qualcomm rather than an Exynos dual-core processor and it will ship NFC enabled. Here’s a full run down f the specs:
- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen like Infuse 4G
- 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, possibly a Qualcomm instead of Samsung Exynos
- 42Mbps HSPA+ radio aka T-mobile’s 4G network
- 1G RAM, 16GB Internal Memory
- 1080P capable 8MP camera
- NFC capability
- September 26th was given as the release date
In terms of appearance, the Hercules shares the same rounded top and bottom edges found on Samsung’s Nexus S but the back panel lacks the textured polymer pattern seen on the GT-I9100, Infuse 4G, Within and Attain. The finish actually looks quite metallic and the branding looks laser cut leading me to believe it is actually aluminum. Like the Sprint Within, it looks like the Hercules will be adopting the over/under camera/flash combo rather than the original Galaxy S II’s side-by-side approach.
Now that we are sufficiently familiar with each variant of the Galaxy S II, let’s make some well informed judgments. Assuming that the other variants will run the venerable Exynos chipset, the switch to Qualcomm could be seen as a downgrade. The inclusion of NFC is nice, but the current lack of support makes it a moot point. As for the increased display size it can go both ways; some people would prefer a smaller screen with a higher PPI whereas others are more concerned with physically available screen real estate. Take a look at our screen size comparison to put things in perspective.
Others may argue that Samsung should just offer a higher resolution (such as qHD) on the 4.5 inch screen. It’s important to realize that resolution and performance are inversely related; a 30% increase pixels results in 30% less performance (not exactly but you get the idea). In the end it might ultimately depend on which carrier you are on, or which provider has the best signal in your locale. Which Galaxy S II are you guys going to buy? Tell us in the comments below!