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Samsung Lines Up Hercules, Another iPhone 5 Rival

Samsung will be launching an improved version of the Samsung Infuse 4G, nicknamed Hercules, which will be initially available in the US on T-Mobile.

The Samsung Infuse 4G made it big, literally, when it came to screen size - a 4.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, but lacked firepower when it came to hardware (a single core SoC) and software (still running on Android 2.2. Froyo).

According to website This is my next, the Hercules corrects those two shortfalls by bringing in a Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060, a dual core 1.2GHz SoC that's also in the HP Touchpad (ed: Why doesn't Samsung use its own Exynos SoCs?).

The rest of the specification reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy S2; 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD video capture, NFC, a 42Mbps HSDPA radio, that 4.5-inch display, HDMI, a microSD card slot and possibly as thin as the Galaxy S2.

'This is my next' did not say when the phone will be launched although it did mention that the superphone would cost $350 on a contract. If it reaches our shores, it is likely to displace the Galaxy S2 as Samsung's top of the range handset. It will compete against the HTC Sensation, the Motorola Atrix, the LG Optimus 2X and the forthcoming iPhone 5.