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Carrier could release the first dual-core Android phone in May

You can place this one firmly in the rumor column for now, but multiple sources at AndroidAndMe and TmoNews have confirmed the existence of a dual-core Android-based HTC smartphone for T-Mobile, codenamed "Pyramid."

The existence of a dual-core smartphone from HTC should come as no surprise. Ever since Qualcomm introduced the ARM-powered 1.2 GHz Snapdragon (MSM8260), rumors have persisted that HTC would develop an Android device utilizing the processor. Back in August, this mystery device was codenamed "Glacier," and was said to triple the performance of Sprint's HTC EVO 4G.

The latest news regarding the Pyramid comes from a "regular source who has provided accurate information about several Android announcements in the past," AndroidAndMe said. Meanwhile, "a new, separate source also corroborated the information," and a source at TmoNews did as well. While AndroidAndMe reports the device could come to T-Mobile some time in May, TmoNews cited Q2 as a possibility.

While we don't know much about the Pyramid spec-wise -- other than the fact that it will sport the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon, feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, and support for HSPA+ -- we do know a thing or two about the MSM8x60 chipset, including the following:

 

  • Scorpion asynchronous dual-CPU cores, up to 1.2GHz for faster response and processing
  • Integrated 3G mobile broadband connectivity
  • MSM8260 support for HSPA+ networks – up to 14 Mbps downloads and 5.6 Mbps uploads – as well as GSM, GPRS and EDGE
  • MSM8660 support for HSPA+ networks – up to 14.4 Mbps downloads and 5.76 Mbps – as well as CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO Rel A/B, GSM, GPRS and EDGE
  • Low-power 45nm process technology for higher integration and performance
  • High-definition (1080p) video recording and playback up to 30 frames per second
  • Multiple video codecs: (MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.264, H.263, VC-1, DivX, WMV-9, Sorenson Spark, VP6)
  • High-performance GPU – up to 88M triangles/sec and 532M 3D pixels/sec and dedicated 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration
  • High-resolution WXGA (1280x800) display support
  • 16-megapixel camera support
  • Built-in eighth-generation gps engine with Standalone-GPS and Assisted-GPS modes
  • Support for Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Multiple audio codecs: (AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, FR, EFR, HR, WB-AMR, G.729a, G.711, AAC stereo encode)
  • Support for mobile broadcast TV (MediaFLO™, DVB-H and ISDB-T)
  • Support for Android™, Brew® Mobile Platform and Windows® Phone

 

To be sure, the Pyramid will not boast all of these features. But it's safe to say it will support 1080p video, and we do also know it will be powered by an Adreno 220 GPU.

Stay tuned as additional Pyramid info rolls out. It's possible that HTC will unveil the device at this month's Mobile World Congress, or at CTIA in March.





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