updated 07:20 am EST, Thu February 3, 2011
HTC Pyramid may pack dual Snapdragon, qHD screen
HTC may be readying a very high-end phone for at least T-Mobile USA based on two corroborating sources. The Pyramid should be using Qualcomm's 1.2GHz Snapdragon and would be dramatically faster than the 1GHz single-core chip on HTC's best phones today. It would run a 4.3-inch display like many newer HTC phones, but Android and Me said it would be the first to upgrade to a quarter HD (qHD), 960x540 display from the usual 800x480 screen.
Officially, the faster speeds would support 1080p video recording and playback along with faster 3D performance of 88 million polygons per second (or 2.9 million per frame). The processor and screen choice would keep HTC competitive. Motorola has already said it will have dual-core, 960x540 models of its own, such as the Droid Bionic.
The OS choice isn't known, but Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is the most likely.
Both tips had the device getting HSPA+ 3G support, but TmoNews understood from its source that this was closely attached to T-Mobile USA. The connection would still be the same 14.4Mbps as on the T-Mobile G2 or Desire HD. No mention has been made of a front camera, although HTC has regularly included front cameras on any phone with an HSPA+ or LTE connection.
If accurate, the Pyramid would ship to the American carrier sometime in the late spring. HTC might unveil the international version of the Pyramid at Mobile World Congress in two weeks, but if US-specific it might wait until the CTIA phone show in March.