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[Click to enlarge] The mysterious HTC Glacier triples the performance of the HTC EVO 4G. Is this the long awaited dual-core Android phone?  (Source: GLBenchmark via Alien Babel Tech)
Benchmarks triple the performance of the HTC EVO 4G

The HTC EVO 4G and Droid 2 may be the current hot topic among Android enthusiasts, but the HTC Glacier is bound to be heating up discussions in the near future as well.  The mysterious handset was first noticed on the GLBenchmark website, which allows Android users to test their CPU speed and upload the results.

The results show the mysterious phone scoring approximately three times the performance of the EVO.  Those results have led many to speculate that the mysterious handset may be the first of many multicore Android devices to come.  

Qualcomm aired a dual core ARM processor (the 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon variant) earlier this year, and announced plans to produce ARM quad-core processors by 2013.  HTC has made heavy use of Snapdragon CPUs in its Android portfolio in the past, so this seems a likely candidate for the device's CPU.

The hot HTC Glacier's benchmarks were posted by a user "mbibick" whose real names is Mike Bibik.  Mr. Bibik lives in Seattle and works at T-Mobile, according to his LinkedIn page.

As Mr. Bibik likely has access to advanced T-Mobile handsets, many are speculating that the Glacier is actually "Project Emerald", T-Mobile's rumored upcoming dual-core Android device.  All his past tests have been of T-Mobile handsets.  The testing results for the HTC Glacier have been pulled since the story first aired, possibly at T-Mobile's request.

The new device has an 800x480 pixel screen, according to the original testing post.

Despite having a dual core processor, it is worth noting that the performance is not much higher than that of Samsung's stellar 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU found in its Samsung Galaxy S (aka. Fascinate, Captivate, Vibrant, etc.) Android handset.  That said, it blows away Qualcomm's past offerings.



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And yet....
By theapparition on 8/4/2010 10:08:24 AM , Rating: 3
No mention of the OMAP 1GHz 3630 (used in Droid X and Droid 2) that even surpasses the 1GHz Hummingbird in quadrant benchmarks, despite the Samsung SoC including the PowerVR 540 (which is a graphics monster) vs the Ti SoC including the PowerVR 530.

Benchmarks like this one are extremely sensitive to software (which benchmark isn't). Froyo handsets score the highest numbers. So it could be a variety of reasons.

On another note, the Snapdragon is a battery hog, and I can only imaging how battery life will suffer even more on an overclocked chip and two of them. :(




RE: And yet....
By hughlle on 8/4/2010 10:20:32 AM , Rating: 2
i was thinking, my HTC phone just scrapes through a days use, heaven help us aif they don't come up with a groundbreaking new battery


RE: And yet....
By Chaser on 8/4/2010 10:30:16 AM , Rating: 3
To think that three months ago SnapDragon was heralded as the phone processor to beat. It's still a very fast processor and makes for snappy response times and interaction with my EVO.

I have found it's Android's auto launching of several unused/unwanted apps that causes my EVO run through its battery life. Ever since I installed the "Apollo" task manager and trained it to auto kill useless auto launching apps like Footprints, Sprint Navigator, Qix, and more my battery life has improved well over 50%.

(And before the rooter sharks launch with replies: I have no interest in rooting my EVO.) So Apollo does a great job at reducing the power drain.


RE: And yet....
By quiksilvr on 8/10/2010 9:24:19 AM , Rating: 2
Has Froyo rolled out yet for the Evo officially? I'm sure that too will help the battery life as well.


RE: And yet....
By Scabies on 8/4/2010 11:56:47 AM , Rating: 3
all I really care about is a physical keyboard, T-mobile currently has the MyTouch 3g slide and ye olde motorola CLIQ for qwerty users and that's it (with the G1 finally getting axed just recently)
Theres the Motorola CHARM "coming soon," but hell no. Let's just hope the HTC Vision doesn't suck when it comes out in September, or that the Glacier will have a physical keyboard.


RE: And yet....
By Goty on 8/5/2010 7:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
There's an interesting bug with scoring on some of the OMAP processors in Quadrant; they seem to receive disproportionately high I/O scores which drives up the overall score. The difference is so large that is has to be a bug. We're talking an order of magnitude higher than any other handset.


RE: And yet....
By skpal on 8/8/2010 12:05:33 AM , Rating: 2
The new dual core processors use up to 30% less power so will not go through battery life that quickly.


RE: And yet....
By KingAndroid on 8/10/2010 12:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
The snapdragon in older phones, like the evo and droid incredible, has 65nm for greater power consumption whereas the hummingbird and this snapdragon have 45nm for less power consumption.


RE: And yet....
By Jedi2155 on 8/18/2010 11:31:12 AM , Rating: 2
I would like to point out that a higher clocked chip =/= overclocked. Usually one would design a chip to be lower power before increase the frequency for a given power budget.


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