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World's Fastest Smartphone Costs $1350, Has Two 1.5GHz Cores

BSquare is selling the world's fastest smartphone, the Snapdragon MDP MSM8660, for a whopping $1350, far higher than any other current generation smartphone.

The handset (SKU:OBQ8x60MDPAND) is based on Qualcomm's fastest (and latest) SoC yet, a 1.5GHz, dual core part (the MSM8660) with Android 2.3 Gingerbread preloaded, an Adreno 220 GPU and some of the most advanced specifications ever achieved on any portable device.

According to the marketing document here (opens in new tab), the MDP handset has 16GB RAM (ed : surely a mistake here, more likely to be 1GB RAM), 16GB onboard flash and an external micro SD card slot.

Like the HTC Desire, it has a 3.6-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with a HDMI port, five microphones, Dolby 5.1 audio, a 13-megapixel (yep, 13) camera with 1080p HD video decode and encode as well as Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth etc. Although the phone is not, per se, a final product, you can learn more about the MDP 8660 by viewing the video below.

The MDP handset by BSquare is first and foremost a development platform which means that you should expect a bog-standard, squarish handset with a boring design.

That said, the handset is being marketed as a development platform and comes with some unique features like automated testing tools to decrease test cycle times, increase test coverage & improve test accuracy.

Désiré Athow
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 ITProPortal.com 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.