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TELUS officially puts 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X as “Coming Soon” (aka the “Hercules”)


There’s no denying it now… TELUS has finally confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II X, otherwise known as the Hercules, will exclusively be available through them and is now officially “coming soon”. Yesterday we  posted that the go-to-market name would be the “X” and that the  “coming soon” is actually only a matter of “weeks”.

There’s still no word on price points but TELUS did confirm all the rumoured specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s Touchwiz – plus Reader, Games, Music and Social Hubs, 1.5 Ghz Dual Core processor, 4.5-inch super AMOLED plus (800×480), Wi-Fi and the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, 8 megapixel camera that captures full 1080p HD video, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 4G download speeds of up to 42 Mbps and showing that it only weighs 109 grams.

We’ll have more info soon!

More here via TELUS

  • Thurnis

    Hmmm… Telus’ DC-HSPA SGS II vs. Rogers’ 4GLTE SGS II. Telus wins on coverage but I’m not sure who will win in speed.

    • Benoit

      Sure ;) And they don’t win on latency…

  • Dale

    YYYYEEEEESSSSSSSS! Finally :)

  • LouisPG

    Getting the chills… can’t wait ! Great news on this rainy day.

  • Cole

    Too bad its a Qualcomm APQ8060 that’s only am A8 cortex architecture. The Exynos @ 1.2 GHz is better.

    • bob

      The Qualcomm isn’t an A8 however you are right that it is slower clock for clock. The GPU, especially, is slower.
      The CPU should perform great with an extra 300 MHz.

    • Jay

      So the normal Galaxy S II (from Bell) is better? In what way though?

    • niko

      Actually, the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 is an A8 processor based on the ARMv7 architecture.

      The Samsung Exynos Processor on the other hand, is an A9 processor based on the ARMv7 architecture.

      The biggest difference is that the A9 is an out-of-order chip, which makes for a much faster and efficient chip.

    • bob

      Qualcomm do not make A8 or A9 processors. It’s their own design. Much like an AMD CPU isn’t a Core 2 Duo even if it has the same instruction set. ARMv7 isn’t an architecture, it’s an instruction set.
      Cortex A8 and A9 are designs made by ARM and licensed (sold) to Samsung, TI, Nvidia, etc. Both of them are using the ARMv7 instruction set.

    • Skrutor

      Samsung put the qualcomm in this model because the exynos can’t go faster than 21Mbps HSPA+. You win some, you lose some.

  • Zinkus

    is it me or is Android overplayed now and over hyped?

  • Peters~

    Telus don’t list it as “Hercules” just “X”. regardless, its a bloody powerful 1.5ghz processor with a huge 4.5″ screen.
    The iphone 5 is going to have a hard time keeping up with this spec.

    Over and out

    • Sean

      “Introducing the iPhone 5 with it’s fast dual 1ghz core A5 Processor”
      Crowd goes
      “Meh”

    • Francois Pigeon

      Apparently, i would say yes accoding to what would be the most realistic rumors…

    • Francois Pigeon

      BUT: 800X480??? Is Samsung stuck with this dated screen res?

  • Sean

    YEah i don’t like that they are using a Qualcomm processor.

    However I do like the dual channel(?) HSPA+ because where i go to school i get about -110db and that’s unusable so with that tech it might become usable, however i would much prefer LTE to use… guess I’ll be buying a rogers and unlocking it

  • John Lee

    The Telus specs indicate that this phone will run AWS and 2100 band. That means this phone will be compatible with virtually all HSPA bands in the world (including Wind/Mobi/T-Mobile).

    • Jim R

      You’re right – Telus specs do show AWS support. The big question is whether the phone will actually have AWS support when Telus starts selling it. Would be way cool if it did, but I won’t hold my breath.

  • Rocco StiffReddi

    and wind brings up what? OMG yet another win for the big 3.. btw is it true NB was let go from wind?

    jabronied

  • cole

    @bob If it’s not an a8 what is it then? BOB? a7? it’s not an a9 like the exynos.

    • bob

      Neither.
      It’s a Qualcomm-specific implementation of the ARMv7 instruction set. See wikipedia articles.

  • Sub-Joker

    hopefully this will lower the Samsung Galaxy S II prices…. just like last year when Rogers and Telus released thir versions of the SGS ….. good stuff

  • tye

    Yes… It may have a slower processor but this beast has a “1.5ghz” processor. In my book that makes it the most powerful phone in Canada.

  • Jon

    Does Telus REALLY have the fastest 4G network? Is this REALLY the fastest phone in Canada? Or did I just read a bunch of lies and should consider suing them?

    • Jon

      I take part of this black, I thought I read 1.2 ghz. My bad.

  • Eddy

    is it for sure that any SGSII variant that has a 1.5ghz CPU is not the Exynos?

  • Nil

    Telus lists the phone bands as:
    Technology 3GPP Release 8, 850/1700(AWS)/1900/2100 & & Quad band EDGE

    Technology 3GPP Release 8 – LTE
    850/1700/1900/2100 are UMTS bands V/IV/II/I respectively
    EDGE – GSM action

    So will this phone, if unlocked, work on:
    WIND/Mobilicity with the EDGE and AWS bands
    Everyone else with the V/II/I UMTS bands
    Telus only with the LTE release 8

    Cause if so… that would be very nice for my purposes!!

    • bob

      this phone isn’t LTE
      it might be quad-band HSPA (850/1700/1900/2100) however and quad-band EDGE.

      If this is true, then it would work in HSPA mode on almost all canadian carriers Robellus, Wind/Vidéotron/Mobilicty, Sasktel, etc.

  • shamu

    great news TELUS!!! can’t wait to sell this baby…by far the best phone in market.. It is much better than Bell’s GS2

  • Eric

    When I read “Technology 3GPP Release 8″ does that mean Telus’ upcoming LTE network? Also does anyone know if this phone will have NFC?

    • bob

      No.
      From wikipedia:
      “Dual-Cell HSDPA (also known as: Dual-Carrier HSPA or Dual-Cell HSPA) is a wireless broadband standard based on HSPA that is defined in 3GPP UMTS release 8.”

      It’s a 42 Mbps DC-HSPA phone.

  • JT

    So which one is better Telus or Rogers? I am with Rogers and is ready to replace my Nexus S with either a Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Note, or the TBA Nexus Prime. Very hard decision ahead of me because i would probably need to import the NP or the GN if I pick either one of them and not the GSII.

  • Nil

    This phone is LTE.

    3GPP Release 8, is DC-HSPA, which is the first release of LTE defined by the 3GPP organization. Basically the difference between this and LTE – Advanced is just the number of carriers. This is Dual-Carrier(42 Mbps), LTE Advanced is Multi-Carrier(4×21 = 84Mbps).

    Remember LTE is a frame work for network improvements. All it means is “Long Term Evolution”… Either way, don’t get your panties in a knot, it’s just a label we’ve applied to say that it can operate at mach-chicken…

    @JT I think I read the Note was not being released in North America… might want to check into that.

    • bob

      This phone is not LTE.
      3GPP Release 8 include, among others, DC-HSDPA and LTE. It doesn’t mean that DC-HSDPA and LTE are the same thing or even compatible. Their specifications were only released in the same piece of paper on the same date.
      LTE Advanced is something else, it’s the evolution of LTE. Just like DC-HSDPA is the evolution of HSDPA.

  • krstnlndsy

    you have no idea how excited i am about this phone. i just wish “coming soon” meant today!

  • A. Carmine

    Stupidest name ever, almost as bad as Sprint’s name…. just call it the damn Hercules… Galaxy S II X is just dumb on so many levels…

  • Denis

    Finally the official news about the release of Samsung galaxy s 11 X – I will term it the “beast” on telus network is here. Im gonna pickup this beast the moment it is released.

  • aka

    I predict this device will be released in approximately 2 weeks, similar to when the BlackBerry devices were listed ‘coming soon’ then released within 15 days.

  • Nadia

    Anyone have any thoughts on when it’ll get released? I was hoping for before September 30th….that’s when their student plans expire….

  • Matthew

    Back to school season is over, TELUS drops the “affordable student phones” and starts busting out high end phones to shut up the other carriers!

    Totally upgrading my Desire HD to this bad boy the day it launches! Finally!

  • monsterduc1000

    Dang it! My milestone failed a month and a half too early. But it looks like a blessing in disguise. As great as this phone looks, I think I’ll wait for the Nexus Prime as i’m loving the nexus s with its first in line updates, no carrier or manufacturer bloatware and being unlocked for free. The nexus line is by far the best way to go for an Android phone.

  • Varun Gupta

    Was hoping and waiting for a phone like this to be launched in Canada and that too on Telus makes it even better since I am already with them. Although, I would still wait a little more to see the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and then try to chose one, if I can afford one that is :)
    Great news though!

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