Samsung Readying iPhone 5 Contender with Herculean Strength

July 7, 2011

Long before the United States could get a taste of the Android phone that gives Steve Jobs nightmares, Samsung is already rumored to be preparing a new superphone expected to rival the iPhone 5 and eclipse other Android smartphones–including Samsung’s own Galaxy S II.

Known as the Samsung Hercules for now, Samsung’s upcoming superphone is expected to be exclusively carried by T-Mobile, which, either by misfortune or intention, was left out of the official carrier list for the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Samsung Hercules will be T-Mobile’s flagship smartphone and is rumored to be priced at US$350.

The Samsung Hercules is expected to be launched some time in August.

The name “Hercules” conjures images of the beefy and physically strong demigod of Greek tales whose exploits suggest that the Samsung Hercules could pretty much overcome insurmountable obstacles and accomplish Herculean tasks. Here’s why:

  • 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor
  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread (or, possibly Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 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)
  • 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)

If rumors about the iPhone 5’s specs are true, then it will definitely trail behind the Samsung Hercules in terms of muscle. Rumors say that the iPhone 5 will have a dual-core, 1.2-GHz A5 processor, 1 GB RAM, an 8-MP camera with dual-LED flash, 3.7-inch display, and a SIM-less design. It will not likely have 4G LTE support.

Which will it be for you–the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Hercules?

Comments

  • http://sites.google.com/site/droidbean/ behelit

    I hope that resolution is a misprint or mistake.. please use qHD sammy!!

  • Anonymous

    Not so shocking specs to be astonished of. Won’t be a big competitor for the iPhone 5 if it has these specs I think.

  • Anonymous

    Not so shocking specs to be astonished of. Won’t be a big competitor for the iPhone 5 if it has these specs I think.

  • Anonymous

    Not so shocking specs to be astonished of. Won’t be a big competitor for the iPhone 5 if it has these specs I think.

  • Anonymous

    Not so shocking specs to be astonished of. Won’t be a big competitor for the iPhone 5 if it has these specs I think.

  • 8PAQ

    800×480 resolution eh? Welcome to 2009 Samsung.

  • Anonymous

    WVGA?
    I’ll wait for the Nexus Prime.

    • akhi216

      This could be the next Nexus.

      • Guest

        Not likely.

    • Jesus

      wtf is a Nexus “Prime”?? Lol… Transformers fan much?

      • ConCal

        Who is this? David?

        • Jesus

          lol… shhh.

          I am jesus.

      • ConCal

        that was the rumored name of the device then. I didn’t make it up… This is from three years ago.

  • Oben

    Definitely the Samsung Hercules!!!

  • Anonymous

    The screen tells all… pass like Nash. Nexus Prime will be my next phone.

  • not

    sim less? what about us here in asia with a different carrier? maybe not true

  • techmorph60

    Gimme 3D HD cam, Quick!

  • Fred

    samsung phones sucks apple is way ahead samsung in screen quality.Samsung s2 is far from iphone 4s my opinion.

  • Chico13

    LMFAO Hercules Hercules Hercules Wow don’t know why this post is even coming up 2014 no such phone ever existed unless is the one I’m holding right now meaning the galaxy s3

  • eliy hooo

    so does any one know if samsung will update note 2 cause note 3 to much money o