A phone having the name or codename HTC Glacier has been caught in the GLbenchmark 1.1 results database. Where its performance was miles ahead of current HTC devices.
The results page has since been removed, but the Glacier was almost three times better than the HTC EVO 4G in the GLbenchmark Pro ES 1.1 CPU Skinning test. This is a test solely for a device’s CPU, not for the GPU.
In fact, the only already available smartphone that at least came close to the Glacier wasn’t a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered unit but the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant, that uses Samsung’s own Hummingbird processor.
This has led to speculation that the Glacier’s CPU may be a dual-core 1.5 GHz or at least 1.2 GHz Snapdragon of those recently announced. If that’s the case, the fact that its score is very close to the Samsung’s Hummingbird 1 GHz processor may raise some interesting questions. Or maybe Samsung’s silicon just performs better than Qualcomm’s at frequency parity.
The only sure thing about the Glacier’s specs at this point is its 800×480 screen resolution.
The user who has uploaded the benchmark results appears to be a Senior Interaction Designer at T-Mobile. Hence, this phone may be headed in that direction in the US. And, as such, may indeed be the famed Project Emerald.
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