Leaked back in May, Samsung Hercules has just made its appearance with the T-Mobile logo stamped on it. However, it looks like T-Mobile USA won't be the only major carrier to offer the upcoming Samsung Hercules, as the device was spotted last week in Canada and is likely to land at TELUS.
Previous rumors were not placing T-Mobile among the first to carry the Samsung Galaxy S II, on the contrary, the carrier wasn't supposed to retail the smartphone at all.
Fortunately, thanks to the guys over at TmoNews, who managed to take a few pics of the Samsung Hercules, we know that T-Mobile USA customers will be able to enjoy the experience offered by such a powerful Android-based smartphone.
However, the Samsung Hercules is a carrier-branded variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which means that its look and hardware configuration is different.
As TmoNews suggests, the Samsung Hercules will be delivered with a slightly larger 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display, as well as 16GB of internal memory, 1GB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
Furthermore, instead of the standard dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos processor manufactured by Samsung, the Hercules will be equipped with a similar CPU manufactured by Qualcomm.
Obviously, it will be powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), though we're not sure if it will come with the latest version of Google's mobile platform.
Just like the Galaxy S II, Samsung Hercules sports an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and HD video recording capabilities (1080p).
Other highlights of the Hercules include Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, as well as category 24 HSDPA for T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network.
It appears that the phone's form factor has been modified a bit, which makes the Hercules look more like a Nexus S than the original Galaxy S II.
The back of the phone is made from a metallic alloy, which was brushed to increase users' grip over the phone and make it easier to handle.
According to the latest hearsay, the Samsung Hercules is slated for a September 26th release and will probably be price tagged as a premium smartphone, which means about $200 after various discounts.