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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.