Two superphones–a demigod and a jewel–will be gracing the shelves of T-Mobile stores this fall. As rumor after rumor continue to fly around regarding the Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby, TmoNews has the latest tidbit of reliable info pinning down (at last!) a release date for the two Android superphones.
A slideshow presentation, purportedly for internal use in T-Mobile, leaked one of its slides to TmoNews and showed October 26 as the release date for both superphones. The slide appears to be part of a T-Mobile handbook of some sort outlining the carrier’s back-to-school marketing strategies and focus.
The Samsung Hercules has been rumored to be T-Mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. As of now, that association still remains a rumor, but if true, we can expect T-Mobile to be at Samsung’s press event on August 29, during which the company will be making a “major product announcement”–presumably the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Just by looking at the Samsung Hercules’ rumored specs, one can easily see why its name is apt for its beefy features:
- 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor
- Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread (or, possibly Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 UI
- 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with 800×480 screen resolution
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal storage
- microSD slot
- 8-megapixel camera (capable of 1080p full HD video) and a secondary camera
- physical dimensions of 132 mm by 71 mm by 9 mm (similar to the Samsung Infuse 4G)
- Near Field Communication (NFC) support
- MHL port (which combines microUSB and HDMI into one port)
- Category 24 HSDPA+ capability (with maximum downstream speed of 42 Mbps, compared to 21 Mbps or 14 Mbps in most HSDPA-capable smartphones currently)
Last rumor we heard of the Samsung Hercules’ price placed it somewhere around the US$350 mark.
Meanwhile, the HTC Ruby is an equally powerful Android phone with its rumored specs. Its most notable difference from the Samsung Hercules is its smaller screen size–a 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD quality display (960×540).
If the Samsung Hercules’ rumored specs made it look hardy and strong, the HTC Ruby’s rumored specs give the HTC Ruby a strong claim to its being named after a precious gem:
- 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
- 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (960×540) resolution
- HTC Sense UI
- 1 GB RAM
- 8-megapixel primary camera
- 2-megapixel secondary camera
- Bluetooth 3.0 support
- 4G capability
- Dedicated physical buttons for camera shutter release and video capture
According to sources, the HTC Ruby has a strong affinity to the HTC Sensation, but if the HTC Ruby’s rumored specs are true, the HTC Ruby will make the HTC Sensation not that much of a sensation anymore.
October 26 is the day to look forward to for these two powerful, 4G-capable Android superphones on T-Mobile.
To which power will you swear allegiance? The Greek demigod’s? Or the crown jewel’s?