Aug, 03 2010

Many of us are still trying to figure out what exactly “Project Emerald” is. Theories have come and gone, rumors have been laid to rest as new T-Mobile devices have been announced, released, and rumored, and we’re still back at square one. It looks like we could be inching closer to figuring out just what T-Mobile has in store for us. A phone by the name of “HTC Glacier” was spotted in GLBenchmark’s results database.

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While there are no details about the device itself (there’s not even an image to be had yet), the benchmark results suggest that this phone is no stinker: it completely demolishes other 1GHz Snapdragon-based handsets on the CPU side yet. The GPU has yet to be tested so we can’t say how it’ll do up against Hummingbird-based Samsung Galaxy S phones or the iPhone 4 (but if the CPU tests are anything to go by, then this will pack just as much juice as the Hummingbird processor). We’ve heard for too long, now, that T-Mobile would be bringing a dual-core Snapdragon Android handset to their users, and if these results are to be trusted (or if the existence of the device within the database is to be trusted) this could very well be that device.

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For comparison’s sake, ┬áthe HTC EVO 4G – a phone with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM – scored 516 frames for its CPU test. As for this so-called Glacier? How does 1432 sound to you? Pretty amazing. It’s believed that this is indeed the Project Emerald we’ve been hearing about as ABT – the outlet that broke the story – noticed two key things: all phones tested by the user are by HTC and all of those HTC phones just happen to be on T-Mobile.

The username “mbibik” also brings up an interesting result for T-Mobile’s Mike Bibik on LinkedIn. Don’t you just love a well put together mystery? The pieces fit wonderfully, but we still have to actually see the device in question. Hopefully those tidbits start to roll out sometime this fall as we expect this device near the end of the year (“Glacier” during the winter months? Hey, I can be quite the analyst, too.)

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Make your way to AlienBabelTech for their full breakdown (including their analysis on whether this will have the 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz dual-core processor).

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