One month ago, when we were at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we were able to have a supervised one-on-one with Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform that will be released to developers very shortly with an all new dual core MSM8660 chipset.
The HP TouchPAD was the first device to come with the MSM8660 and it is very likely that the next one to feature it will be the Pyramid, HTC's next superphone which is rumoured to be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
Because the Qualcomm MDP platform is essentially a blueprint for manufacturers to work on, Qualcomm's platform - which has some very high end features unavailable on current phones - and future smartphones to be released will have many shared features.
Which brings us to HTC Pyramid; because HTC exclusively uses Qualcomm SoCs in its smartphones, the probability that the MSM8660 will be used is extremely high. Dual Core is the de facto paradigm that will drive the top end market for 2011. In addition, other features like the screen size and the front facing and rear facing cameras, as well as the ability to record and display 3D content, are likely to stay as well.
In the video below, the MDP provides with a user experience that we suspect will be very close to the HTC Pyramid, both in terms of performance and features.
Previous rumours point to a qHD display (960x540 pixels) and a dual core MSM8260 which is the non-CDMA version of the MSM8660; the prototype we toyed with at CES had a 13-megapixel camera with support for 20-megapixel models and the ability to use two lenses to produce 3D content.