Early last month, we reported that T-Mobile is coming up with a very powerful Samsung smartphone that could potentially eclipse Samsung’s own Galaxy S II. We are happily disappointed to find out that the rumored Samsung Hercules, is, in fact, the Samsung Galaxy S II variant heading to T-Mobile.

The Samsung Hercules has posed for a few blurry shots, which TmoNews received from a tipster who also said that the phone’s screen size will be the same as the Samsung Infuse 4G’s 4.5-incher. The global version of the Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch screen. In short, the Samsung Hercules will be giving you more Super AMOLED Plus display room.

We also noticed that the Samsung Hercules shown in the photos look strikingly similar to the Samsung Google Nexus S, but without the speaker grill.

The metal-finish texture (or what appears to be that) on the handset’s back cover clearly shows the T-Mobile logo and the Samsung Galaxy S II name. So, this really is T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II.

The dedicated physical Home button on the Galaxy S II’s international version is also missing on this one. In its place are capacitive buttons for Menu, Home, Back, and Search.

The source of the leaked photos also said that Samsung Hercules does run at very fast speeds, and that it has Android 2.3 Gingerbread topped with Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. Among the apps preloaded on the handset are Netflix and Telenav Maps.

Just like the other Samsung Galaxy S II rumors for the other major U.S. carriers, very little is known about the Samsung Hercules. No word on the release date either, much less the pricing. Current speculation points to a release date some time in September (September 26, according to a little bird that whispered the magic date to tech blog This is my next), but then again, let’s wait and see. As always, we’ll keep you in the loop for updates.

What do you think of T-Mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II?

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