Android Phones

T-Mobile USA confirms Samsung Galaxy S II, light on details

August 30, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



The good folks at T-Mobile and Samsung have officially announced that T-Mobile will carry a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Neither a price nor release date was offered, but it’s the first official confirmation of the device since a leaked version of the Samsung “Hercules” appeared recently. That phone has a brushed metal look and a curved indentation similar to the Nexus S according to the leaked photos.

Interestingly, neither T-Mobile nor Samsung – who both sent me separate announcements – call their device The Hercules. It’s simply referred to as the Galaxy S II, so perhaps each phone will share the standard branding? Hercules would have been a fitting name since the device is brawny with a 4.52 inch SuperAMOLED Plus screen. The front of the phone is long and has curved edges like the Nexus S instead of the rectangular shape of the GSM Galaxy S II already available in Europe. Aesthetics aside, the Hercules also has a beefy dual-core processor. (UPDATE: This article originally said that the device had an Exynos processor, but it may be another chipset in order to support the fastest available speeds on T-Mobile. More info to come.)

T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network speeds will be available to the Galaxy S. Also present is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front-facing camera. That should make uploading recorded videos quick and provide some stability when videochatting. Check back for more details following Samsung’s press event.

Other Specs

  • Live Panels UI
  • Media Hub for downloading television episodes and movies
  • Netflix pre-installed
  • T-Mobile TV for streaming TV episodes
  • DLNA media streaming
  • Samsung Kies Air connectivity for file transfer/management
  • Voice Talk voice commands for dialing, texting, navigation, music, and web browsing
  • Built-in screenshot/screen cap feature
  • 16GB of on-device memory, up to 32 GB memory card

Additional enterprise solutions include:

  • On-device encryption of user data
  • Full support for Exchange ActiveSync® version 14
  • Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • Sybase MDM (Mobile Device Management)
  • Cisco WebEx mobile conference solution