May 02 AT 10:36 AM Clark Wimberly 67 Comments

Oh snap! Developers: Check out this Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon MDP MSM8660

UPDATE: The contest is over, but the video below is still totally awesome. Check it out!

A couple of days ago I received a shipment that just may qualify as the coolest thing to show up at my doorstep since I started running this site. The only downside to my awesome delivery is that I’m supposed to pass it along to one of you. My loss is definitely your gain as now one of you has a chance at winning a brand-spanking new Qualcomm Dual Core Snapdragon MDP MSM8660.

For the uninitiated, the MDP is a developer smartphone based on the MSM8660 chipset from Qualcomm. Its got a custom dual core 1.5 GHz CPU powering a 3.8″ WVGA screen with an Adreno 220 GPU and a 13 megapixel camera. Whaaaaaat? Yeah. For real, check out the video and data sheet blurb below:

Qualcomm’s MSM8660-based Snapdragon Mobile Development Platform (MDP) enables 3rd party application developers and manufacturers to create, optimize, test and showcase, rich multimedia and graphics-intensive applications for a wide range of mobile devices.

The MSM8660-based Snapdragon MDP is a robust development platform with tightly integrated hardware and software powered by Qualcomm’s second-generation enhanced 1.5 GHz CPU. It brings together the development platform and debug tools developers and manufacturers need to accelerate the development of their applications, all optimized for mobile devices built on Qualcomm’s MSM8660-based Snapdragon chipset.

Applications developers can use the Snapdragron MDP to create applications with features such as high-definition video and exceptional graphics with dedicated 2D and 3D engines. As a test platform, the Snapdragon MDP runs applications in a true mobile phone environment, giving you a rich and dynamic mobile experience from the end-users’ perspective – well before your applications go to market.BSQUAREMDP MSM8660 Data Sheet

Contest rules: For developers only

As you might have noticed, this isn’t your average phone. This thing is aimed squarely at a working developer. The device has WiFi support but there is no cellular connectivity. Brand new, the MDP costs $1350. We want to make sure this kit lands in the hand of a working developer or studio, so entries are limited folks with the following qualifications:

  • Must have application(s) available in the Android Market
  • Must have serious, demonstrable work towards a major Android release

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post explaining what you’d use the MDP for. Would you use it to improve you existing application? To build a new super app? Leave a comment below and make sure to use a valid email so we can contact the winner. We’ll be verifying the winning comment (which will be drawn at random) to make sure the winner is a working developer. Only one entry per contestant. We’ll draw and announce a winner this Wednesday (5/4/11).

If you’re not a developer, this contest is not for you, but don’t fret! We’ve got plenty of awesome reader contests coming up soon. Just use this as an opportunity to go say thanks to your favorite dev and tell him about this contest then maybe you can be the awesome one for a while.

Uplinq 2011 Conference, 30% off

In addition to the free MDP, Qualcomm was nice enough to send along a discount code for registration to Uplinq 2011. Using the code AND123 will score you 30% off registration to the conference, which is being held in San Diego on Jun 1-2. Angie and I were lucky enough to score a couple press passes and will be on hand to witness all the new mobile hotness.

In conclusion, for the skimmers: we’re giving away an MDP to a developer, we’re attending Uplinq in San Diego on June 1-2, you can get it on all the action.

Update: Congratulations to Adam S! Enjoy the new powerful new tools!

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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