It seems that HTC is not too far behind with its dual core Android offering. Many fans were expecting a dual core phone from HTC at CES 2011, but were disappointed. According to a report by Android and Me, HTC will be launching its first dual core Android smartphone, codenamed the Pyramid, in May 2011 on T-Mobile. It’s a rumor so far, but according to Android and Me, the source is a very credible one.
It will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor by Qualcomm (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260) which was unveiled at CES 2011. It will likely have 1 GB RAM and will come with a 4.3 inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It will also support HSPA+ connectivity on T-Mobile’s network.
It will also feature the Adreno 220 GPU and will likely come with an 8 MP camera. It will offer HSPA+, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS with A-GPS support. The powerful processor can handle 1080p video playback at 30 FPS.
The HTC Pyramid will be officially unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2011. No specifics of the Pyramid are out yet; we don’t even have any leaked images. Stay tuned for MWC 2011, we will definitely get more details of the new HTC flagship Android phone then.
LG announced the Optimus 2X last month. The Optimus 2X was the first phone announced from any manufacturer which is based on the highly anticipated Nvidia Tegra 2 platform. Nearly all the upcoming handsets and tablets from all major manufacturers will be based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
However, as much as we have heard about the Tegra 2 platform no company has provided us with raw benchmarks of the device, until now that is.
Thanks to Tech Bloggr, we have got a video of Quadrant in action of the LG Optimus 2X-:
LG Optimus 2X Quadrant Benchmark
Here is the link to the video for all our feed readers.
As seen from the video above, the Optimus 2X literally blows the competition away. The phone scores a whopping 2391 in the Quadrant benchmark. However, we should keep in mind that the Quadrant app has still not been optimized for dual-core processors.
The app still sees the dual-core Tegra 2 processor as a single core one. Once an updated version of the app comes out, we expect these numbers to improve.
Intel has launched the new dual core Atom N550 processor for netbooks. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and is the first dual core Atom.
The netbook space hasn’t been seeing a lot of action lately; almost all major netbook manufacturers like Asus, MSI and Samsung are now planning to launch their own tablets. Tablets are now the next big thing.
However, netbooks may have a chance to regain their lost glory. Today, Intel announced the new Intel Atom N550 dual core processor. This is the first dual core Atom processor and is based on the new Pineview architecture. It has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and an L2 cache of 2 x 512 KB. It supports DDR3 800 MHz RAM and offers battery life similar to the Atom N450, with much better performance.
Most netbook users have always lamented about the slow performance in netbooks; the Atom N550 will probably change that. It was reviewed by a few hardware sites back in June and performed very well in the benchmarks. It improves the multitasking capabilities and offers improved application and graphics performance. It can also handle 720p video flawlessly and is perfect for watching high resolution Youtube and Hulu videos.
Intel also announced that netbooks based on the Atom N550 will be launched by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba by the end of 2010.
Check out the official press release by Intel here.
Qualcomm will start shipping the fastest Snapdragon processor by Q4 2010. Qualcomm CDMA Technologies’ Mark Frankel, Vice President of product management said that the company will start shipping the dual-core QSD8672 chip by Q4. The dual-core QSD8672 chip has clock speed of 1.5GHz.
Mark Frankel said that this chip will be used in smartphones, tablets and net books. Devices with this CPU inside will be available in early 2011. He also added that aggressive vendors can release devices “by Christmas” this year.
The new QSD8672 chip is a follow up of the previous dual core MSM8660 chip which has a clock speed of 1.2GHz. The QSD8672 chip is based on ARM design and will be made using the 45nm fabrication process. It will also have a 1080p video playback support. It will also have integrated HDMI support, DDR2 and DDR3 memory support.
The company said that this new chip will be power efficient. A new feature which this chip will possess is called individual voltage scaling. By this feature the dual core chip can keep one core idle while the other running at full speed, thus saving power.
Let us see which company will be the first to put this beast in their device.