An HTC Glacier appeared on a benchmarking site – and despite its name scored some pretty sweet results. We don’t know much about the Glacier though people are already spinning theories of dual-core CPUs and what not, though I don’t think this is the case…
Someone over at AlienBabelTech made a lucky discovery – results for HTC Glacier, a phone that’s not on any leaked HTC roadmap. After some comparisons and calculations, they arrive at the conclusion that it’s a dual-core Snapdragon CPU running at either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz.
But those calculations are made by using the HTC Evo 4G results as basis – 516 frames for the 1GHz Snapdragon on a WVGA resolution. The specs say that the HTC Glacier runs Android (no version) and has 480×800 pixels resolution for the screen. The Glacier scores 1432 frames (on the GLBenchmark Pro ES 1.1 CPU Skinning benchmark).
So far so good, but the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S and the Samsung M110S Galaxy S score 1413 and 1437 on that test. They are practically the same hardware so it’s a matter of accuracy. The Galaxy S run on a single core Cortex A8.
True, Snapdragon based phones (like the HTC Evo 4G and the HTC Desire) score around 500 frames. The iPhone 4 (again single core Cortex A8 based CPU at 1GHz) scores 1016 frames but has a 60% higher screen resolution.
GLBenchmark is a graphics benchmark so it’s not necessarily a very good CPU benchmark. The only conclusion we can draw from these results are that the benchmark is optimized for Cortex A8 rather than Snapdragon. Better OS support for OpenGL can easily account for the speed difference, so I’m not ready to say it’s a dual-core Snapdragon ticking inside the HTC Glacier.
The rest of the research done by AlienBabelTech seems more solid though and points to the HTC Glacier getting ready for a T-Mobile launch.
Source: GLBenchmark, AlienBabelTech