Will We See a Superphone; HTC Pyramid Soon at T-Mobile?

February 3, 2011 - Written By Chris Yackulic

Here we go folks, a new rumor. How does the name Pyramid sound for a dual core super-phone? Well, HTC must think it sounds pretty cool, as that’s what they are expected to call their first dual core Android smartphone. T-Mobile must think so too since they want to sell it as part of their Android mobile phone lineup. The release date is said to be May 2011.

HTC and T-Mobile have a history of working together well. There was the joint project on the G1, then T-Mobile offered the Google Nexus One subsidy under contract, which was made by HTC. T-Mobile also chose HTC to manufacture their myTouch phones.

T-Mobile customers have longed for a larger 4.3 inch screen Android phone, and it appears that is what the HTC Pyramid will deliver. This phone will have a Qualcomm dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon MSM8260 processor.

Features of the MSM8x60 include:

  • 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 (1280—800) 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

We probably won’t see all these features in the Pyramid, but I can speculate it will have 1080p video record and playback. It will also have the Adreno 220 GPU, which is pretty equal to NVIDIA’s GeForce GPU.

It will be pretty interesting to get a look at this phone, but at present there are no images available. Hint, hint…can someone please leak an image of the HTC Pyramid? In the meantime we’ll all be using our imagination of what our super-phone would look like.

Update: David, Managing Editor of  TmoNews has also heard from his sources that Pyramid is coming to T-Mobile. He mentions a late Q2 launch date.

Via: Android and Me