Poorly-named 'HTC Glacier' may be fastest Android phone yet

August 4, 2010: 10:12 AM ET

Terms like 'dual core processor' and '3X speed' are being thrown around.

Dug from Open GL 1.1 benchmark results, Alien Babel spotted an upcoming phone from HTC that seems to put all others to shame.  The phone is codenamed 'Glacier' (sarcastically?) and it looks like the person doing the testing has been traced back to T-Mobile in Washington.

They believe the new device uses Qualcomm's upcoming 1.2-1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processors based on the CPU tests.  Those tests show that the Glacier has 3x the processor performance of HTC's current speed champ, the EVO 4G.

It is interesting to note that in most of the tests, Samsung's Galaxy S product (T-Mobile Vibrant) scored very close to the new speed champ. Samsung uses its own Hummingbird ARM processors.

Motorola (MOT), HTC's biggest Android competitor, earlier announced plans to release a 2GHz Android phone by Christmas which would seem to be in the same 'speed demon' class.  Motorola tends to use the OMAP line of ARM processors from Texas Instruments (TXN) for its high end Android phones.

Also, T-Mobile has a "Project Emerald" that has been rumored for months which is said to be a "Nexus One-like device".  The HTC Glacier could be this device.

Or, it could be the first Android incarnation of the T-Mobile Sidekick.  The Sidekick was a Danger product for many years and was killed off recently after Microsoft (MSFT) bought Danger for $500 million in 2005.  T-Mobile owns the Sidekick brand and is free to move it into new products.

The brand still wears a Microsoft stain, however. Some consumers will remember Microsoft's botched handling of the Sidekick Cloud storage infrastructure where customer's data was lost for weeks.

Perhaps 'Sidekick' is being positioned as the T-Mobile equivalent of Verizon's 'Droids'?

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