The HTC Glacier has hitherto been a single, mysterious mention buried in HTC's site; now, according to some leaked benchmark stats, it could be the next big thing in Android handsets. AlienBabelTech spotted the Glacier's scores buried with no accompanying image in the GLBenchmark 1.1 database, comfortably out-performing single-core 1GHz rivals, and since T-Mobile USA are tipped to be working on a dual-core Android phone as part of "Project Emerald" they're guessing it's one and the same thing.
They also did some sleuthing about the person who ran the GLBenchmark 1.1 tests - and who in the past has tested all HTC devices and all available through T-Mobile USA - finding it could well be a T-Mobile employee. Unfortunately the database doesn't have any specification details beyond the Android OS and an 800 x 480 display, but the presumption is that this could be HTC's first device to run the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.
Qualcomm began sampling the dual-core Snapdragon back in early June, promising both 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz versions. There's no telling which the HTC Glacier might be running - doing some basic sums on the difference between the single-core 1GHz phones leaves the mysterious HTC falling somewhere in-between - but Qualcomm has said that the first devices to use the updated chips could be on the market before the year is out.
[via Android Community]