T-Mobile prides itself on a wide, deep selection of Android devices (then again, so do all carriers these days) -- and the selection's going to get better later this year with the introduction of a Samsung model codenamed "Hercules." This one's still a ways off; it's not even entering the carrier's test labs for another month and isn't slated for acceptance until mid-August, but here's an overview of what you can expect.

  • 4.5-inch 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • NFC support, though compatibility with the forthcoming ISIS mobile payment standard is "to be determined"
  • Category 24 HSDPA (42Mbps) and Category 6 HSUPA (5.76Mbps) for extremely fast HSPA+ support -- faster than any HSPA+ phone currently sold in the US
  • AWS plus 850 / 1900MHz compatibility for support on AT&T's "4G" network if the merger succeeds
  • Preliminary measurements place it at 5.16 x 2.76 x 0.37 inches -- within a few hundredths of an inch of the Infuse
  • 16GB internal ROM, 1GB internal RAM, external microSD up to 32GB
  • Here's where it outdoes the Infuse: it's quoted with a Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core APQ8060 application processor, which is extraordinarily unusual for a Samsung -- particularly considering the availability of Samsung's own multi-core Exynos line; it's paired with an MDM8220 modem processor
  • 8 megapixel primary camera with flash and 1080p video capture, secondary front-facing camera
  • Like the Galaxy S II, the Hercules won't have a dedicated HDMI port -- it'll move high-def video over Micro USB using MHL

Sound like a beast? Indeed -- which would explain the fact that the Hercules is listed in the "over $350" price category. (Let's hope that's an off-contract number.) More on this as we get it.