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HTC Mondrian Smartphone To Use 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Chipsets?

Several unrelated mobile news outlets have reported that the HTC Mondrian smartphone could be the first handset to use Qualcomm's just released MSM8x60 solutions, which are the third generation ARM-based chipsets.

For example, Pocket-lint says that the Mondrian will come with a 1280x800 pixels touchscreen capable of displaying 24bit colours. It will be able to stream full 1080p video and would pack a 3D graphics engine.

The graphics subsystem is particularly impressive and is the result of the acquisition by Qualcomm of ATI's handheld graphics segment. Last interesting tidbit, the Mondrian will be powered by Windows Phone 7, which means that it should be available towards the end of the year.

Engadget reported on the Mondrian two weeks ago but instead said that the display would be a 800x480 pixels one with a 4.3-inch display and that the chipset would be a second generation model.

That said, we're not convinced about these rumours, because this would mean that Qualcomm would obliterate an entire generation of chipsets. The first one, the QSD8250, has been extensively used in popular mobile phones like the HTC Desire.

The QSD8672 was the second generation one which uses a 45nm process technology, combines two cores and runs at 1.5GHz while the MSM series come with more powerful features.