Confirmed: TELUS launching the “4G Samsung Galaxy S II X”

Ian Hardy

September 14, 2011 8:44pm


The next device to grace the TELUS lineup is the impressive Samsung Galaxy S II. The actual model number is SGH-T989 and it’s also widely known as the “Hercules”. We’ve previously posted pictures of this Android a couple times and now we’ve been informed of the official go-to market name: “4G Samsung Galaxy S II X”.

For a refresher on the specs, this comes packed with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED plus display (480×800 resolution), Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, will be Canada’s first dual carrier 42Mbps smartphone, 8 megapixel camera that records 1080p HD video, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and Wi-Fi.

We’re also hearing a few launch dates, but told it’ll be available “in the coming weeks”. As to pricing, we have no clue but will have more info soon… very exciting!

(Thanks tipster!)

  • Jake

    To late…

    • Lexcyn

      How is it too late when it’s the FIRST dual carrier handheld?

      For those of you who do not know what dual carrier is, basically the phone will initiate 2 simultaneous data connections, allowing for basically double theoretical bandwidth, which is pretty cool. I’m not sure how this will effect battery life, though.

      I think I will be picking up this phone.

    • JKL

      I don’t think it’s late at all. A lot of consumers just want a phone that works well. This phone gives them that and the beastly specs.

    • Jake

      How is it too late?
      They are playing catch up in every aspect of their business. Phones, we all know how terrible their selection is compared to the other 2. Plans? Well they are just on par with the other 2 as well, offering nothing different to make up for the lack of devices. Network? Again another thing they failed at obtaining first with LTE. Tell me what has TELUS done that shows their commitment to the end consumer besides leave them with out-dated devices, same old plans, and no network advance.

  • Benoit

    You mean 4G like 4G LTE or like HSPA Evolution (3G +) ?

    • maattp

      It’s 4G as in HSPA, but it allows two streams of data at a time, which it combines for a theoretical max of 42 Mbps. In real life usage, it should be double the speed of the current “4G” Telus phones. I don’t know if we’ll be talking LTE speeds, but it should be decent nonetheless.

    • Nascar39

      Plus the $30 for 6GB data packages will work on this phone unlike all those moving to LTE on the other networks.

  • David

    Damn, that screen is huge.

    I have Bell’s SGS and can barely hold this thing with one hand I have to use both hands to even access the basic functions.

    They need go back to 4″, that was perfect.

    • lrn2spell

      Well it works for me. It’s about time us tall people have a phone that fits our large hands! Rise up my giant brethren and cast aside your dinky 3.7 inch and below screens! Rejoice with me, rejoice!

      The whole point with android is choice. Just because YOU don’t like it, doesn’t mean it wont work for others. But I know all you regular height people people are owed the world as you dont already have enough choice, so I’ll shut up now…

    • Carlo

      I think the larger screen would be really nice, but manufactures have to start increasing the screen resolution too.

      More pixels + larger screen = better display experience.

  • Matt

    I think like Jake, been awhile now.. new gen phone are coming out (LTE enabled, real 4G..)

    • Ian

      You think LTE is 4G?
      You’ve been successfully duped by marketing my friend :)

    • leeeeroy

      Ian said:

      “You think LTE is 4G?
      You’ve been successfully duped by marketing my friend”

      Dude, I think you meant HSPA+ – that’s the true marketing dupe. The ITU currently considers LTE, LTE-Advanced, WiMax and WiMax2 4G technologies.

  • krstnlndsy

    Finally! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this!!

  • mattprime86

    Finally!!!
    Trading-in my damn Hero. Haha

    • Lucas

      same here ! about time !

  • AverageK

    Dammit, I’m having a looooot of trouble holding out on buying a new phone these days! I wanna wait for the rumored nexus prime or the samsung note (I want a higher resolution screen) but these GS2 phones come pretty close to having everything I want, making me wonder if I should just jump the gun and buy one :S

    • Crackhead

      Just try to wait it out a little longer…so that you can compare when those phones come out! And if you still like this one, it’ll definitely be cheaper by then ;)

      In the meantime, let’s go smoke some crack and Angry up some Birdz yo!

  • Mike E

    If LTE plans and phones have some big premium attached, then I may well just get this. But at the same time it’s pretty hard not to wait it out and see what LTE brings….along with phones like Prime etc.

  • 1LifeInAnalog

    …bah, my Milestone will still kick its skinny a*s

    • Nerp

      are you retarded, the milestone is TWO YEARS old, and motorola hasn’t released anything worthwhile since the razr2/krzr. have fun with that.

  • ruddias

    Sorry, but the screen res is TERRIBLE.

  • jake

    I got the EVO 3d and I believe the screen is much better than S2…. so many people talk about how great the S2 is, but I played with my friend’s S2 and… really ….. ??? Interface sucks and the screen is like permanantly ”blue”. Way happier with my evo.

  • Pacoup

    I am almost picking this one up. But I’m 99% sure this is a 480 by 800 screen, not 400 by 800 (which would be a first for Android I think, and a really awkward long screen?)

    • ruddias

      My WP7 has a 400×800 screen. its not weird in my opinion just slimmer

  • Pacoup

    Actually, I’d want this, but with Windows Phone on it.

  • Sean

    @paciup

    Get a focus S

  • _ThaNerd_

    Common Telus who gives! LTE 1.5 version is at Rogers…Goodbye Tel_A$$!

  • Denis

    now telus is talking. The future is truly friendly. gonna get this beast as soon as it is released.

  • EmperumanV

    So only difference than Bell’s SGS II is the layout, the bigger screen size and dual carrier hand held? Correct me if I am wrong.

    • monsterduc1000

      This one is not using the exynos processor because for some reason the exynos is not capable of the 42mbps. So it will have (maybe) better download speeds than the “ideal conditions” 21mbps of the bell sgsII but a weaker processor. It will use a Qualcomm processor at higher clock speed (but still not as strong as the exynos) and a weaker gpu as well so you are giving up some horsepower for quicker download speeds. Here are the full specs from gsmarena:

      “Also known as Samsung Hercules, Samsung SGH-T989
      GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
      3G Network HSDPA 1700 / 2100
      Announced 2011, August
      Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, October
      SIZE Dimensions 131 x 70 x 9 mm
      Weight –
      DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
      Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.52 inches (~206 ppi pixel density)
      – Gorilla Glass display
      – TouchWiz UI v4.0
      – Multi-touch input method
      – Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
      – Touch-sensitive controls
      – Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
      – Gyroscope sensor
      SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
      Loudspeaker Yes
      3.5mm jack Yes
      MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
      Call records Practically unlimited
      Internal 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM
      Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
      DATA GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
      EDGE Class 12
      3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
      WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
      Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS
      Infrared port No
      USB Yes, v2.0 microUSB (MHL), USB On-the-go
      CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
      Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
      Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
      Secondary Yes, 2 MP
      FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
      CPU 1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chipset
      Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
      Browser HTML
      Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
      Games Yes
      Colors Black
      GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
      Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
      – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
      – NFC support (optional)
      – TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
      – SNS integration
      – Digital compass
      – MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
      – MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
      – Organizer
      – Image/video editor
      – Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
      – Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
      YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
      – Adobe Flash 10.1 support
      – Voice memo/dial/commands
      – Predictive text input (Swype)
      BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1800 mAh”

  • Rich

    Need this in LTE flavor with backwards compatibility with HSPA.

  • patrick

    Still waiting to see if Telus is going to get another big name phone like a htc not just one Samsung hercules so come on telus bell has 4 big phones time to bring it

  • MrRight

    1.2GHz dual-core processor NOT It’s a 1.5 Ghz!!!

    • MrRight

      I mean a 1.5Ghz dual processor

  • Cody

    WTF TELUS has to wait months and doesn’t even get a processor boost like Rogers???? Bull-ish.

  • Me Ted

    Nice phone but I think I’ll wait for the Nexus Prime. I mean I’ve waited this long anyway.

  • Dilkatron

    Sorry telus unlocked a evo 3d instead. pretty happy with it.

  • nagasadow

    Knew this was confirmed for telus 2 weeks ago when I asked my samsung rep straight out. Wouldnt confirm and wouldnt deny it. Awesome phone awesome plans and best of all no activation fees from sept 14-30 :D

  • Bluebert

    I have been all over this site for the past month in anticipation for this news, FINALLY!!! Now, I can sleep… zzz…..

  • Saffant

    Exynos 1.2Ghz > Snapdragon 1.5Ghz.

    Also, the T-mobile variant is coming out in october sometime; perhaps that gives us a possible ETA?

  • PannTher

    Do we know if it is the Qualcomm or Exynos in it?

  • y2b

    What does it mean by Dual carrier? Can someone explain, I’m a bit confused (since this is only on Telus)

    Thanks

  • TeknoBug

    Good timing with that $30 6GB data add-on promo until Sept 30th.

  • AS400 Rules

    If you are worried about lower pixel density since this 4.53″ screen has the same 800×480 resolution as the 4.27″ screen on a SGS2, you should go to Best Buy as ask to compare the SGS2 and Infuse from Rogers. The Infuse has the same screen size and Super Amoled Plus. Put them side-by-side and see if you notice the diffence. If you’re a guy, make sure you wear your favorite jeans to Best Buy and put both phones in your pocket (with their permissions of course). The SGS2 is not even noticeable due to its thinness and low weight. But a slightly larger SGS2 with 4.5″ screen will make a big difference. Last I checked most people wear slimmer jeans, unless you’re still keepin hiphop and doo-rags.

  • Candy Darr

    Like Like Like ~ Want to win! My Motorola is getting old!

  • halfasleep

    I think that mobilesyrup made a mistake on their page, it says that it will come with a 1.2 gigs dual core but in the telus web site it says 1.5 gigs dual core. It’s not bad if it’s 1.5 but I’ll still wait for the Nexus prime.

    • Candelaria

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  • sickens

    This has me excited to see what the next Nexus is going to be…

  • K

    Finally, Telus! I have been waiting for months for a decent device!
    At the same time, I am hoping that there will be news for Nexus Prime soon, because I really do want it more than the SGSII (especially if their release dates are close…). If not, then SGSII is definitely a good choice.

    For those who have experience with both HTC and Samsung, what do you think of Sense compared to TouchWIZ? I have friends who highly dislike TouchWIZ and support Sense. I don’t really know how the two compare without having used either on a daily basis. It’d be helpful to know what you experts think! Thanks!

  • David

    Yeah Jake I agree Rogers has released LTE first ! great oh wait they have no device but a stick so much for nothing. Other company could have done the same but really what is the point ? All rogers did here is buy the right to advertise they have the fastest network in canada even if well .. its useless.. So I think its good business for other to hwait because when they release it they will have their LTE phone at the same time as rogers

  • Jeff D

    I am still wondering.
    Do I wait for the Nexus Prime, or do I go with the SGS2?
    How long will it take Telus to the the Prime?

  • BigK

    I’m sure this is the best we’ll get from Telus for awhile so it’s this or wait another 6 months before something decent comes out.

  • Kari

    I’m in the same boat as many others. Painfully waiting for October/November to see what’s coming when, and whether I should sink my money into the SGS2 (already becoming dated?) or wait for the new phones!

    I am hoping that Telus releases the dang phone within the next week. I want to try it out.

  • ???????

    I have confirmed the release date for the sgs2 (Hercules ) it will be oct.28 100 percent

  • ???????

    And that’s for telus by the way hope u enjoy

  • Jason

    99$ 3yr, couple days.

  • Oliver

    You guys noticed the model # SGH-T989D … ?
    What’s the D after the 989 ?

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