HTC’s Glacier Moves Like Lightning

August 6, 2010 - Written By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner

Alien Babel Tech reports benchmark testing on a new HTC mobile phone they grabbed from the GL Benchmark website.  The benchmarking site since took their report down, but ABT has screenshots and are sticking with their story.

The phone appears to be T-Mobile’s “Project Emerald,” an HTC phone codenamed Glacier.  And that seems to be a rather counterintuitive codename.  Glaciers are noted for being large and cold and moving, well, glacially.  The HTC Glacier seems to be anything but.  Not with these results on the GLBenchmark Pro ES 1.1 CPU Skinning, which is a CPU test.

The HTC Glacier scored 1432 frames on the benchmark, beating out the Apple iPhone 4, the HTC Evo 4G (by almost a factor of 3), the Samsung Vibrant, the Motorola Droid X (almost double), and the T-Mobile G1 by a factor of 13.

ABT goes on to note that Qualcomm, which already  supplies HTC, has begun sending third-generation dual-core Snapdragon chipsets to its partners.  Furthermore, the Glacier tests out at three times the speed of the Evo 4G, currently HTC’s fastest device and powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU.  Therefore, concludes ABT, the Glacier must have a dual-core CPU.  They did the math trying to figure if it was the 1.2 or 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, and a case could be made for either one.

And why is this phone probably headed to T-Mobile?  Because “Project Emerald” seems to be a dual-core processor mobile, and the user who uploaded the benchmark has previously posted test results for a number of other HTC T-Mobile devices.  Plus, googling that user name with T-Mobile got a hit at LinkedIn.

Reading the comments on this article at ABT, I found this interesting speculation:  “Qualcomm will be releasing a single-core 1.3 GHz 45 nm SoC dubbed QSD8650A. I personally suspect HTC Glacier will contain this chip.”

Neither HTC nor Qualcomm would address these rumors. TechNewsWorld goes on to speculate that more mobile phones with very fast processors are on the way, and the only way to keep their batteries charged will be better power management.

Does that mean Advanced Task Killer running automagically?