May 16 AT 9:30 PM Alberto Vildosola 17 Comments

Rumor: HTC Puccini to be powered by Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon chip

The not very elusive HTC Puccini is making a public appearance once again. As we saw a week ago, the HTC Puccini is a Honeycomb tablet headed to AT&T with LTE support. Today, we got one more piece of the puzzle, the tablet will be powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8660 Snapdragon dual-core CPU.

We last saw the MSM8660 at CES back in January, and while the CPU showed promise, it lost the race to market to NVIDIA’s Tegra 2. A few months later, Tegra 2 is everywhere from Audi vehicles to phones but we’ve yet to see a single device carrying the MSM8660. By the time we start seeing devices powered by Qualcomm’s chip, NVIDIA will be getting ready to launch Tegra 3.

However, we’ve yet to see how this 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon beast will perform, so I’ll keep an open mind until I see some benchmarks. (UPDATE: According to these benchmarks, the MSM8660 leaves Tegra 2 in the dust, Thanks, Dags)

Chinese blog,, also managed to get a screenshot (seen above) of how Honeycomb will supposedly look with HTC Sense on top. Nonetheless, I’d take this screenshot with the biggest grain of salt you can find. Simply because I don’t think HTC is capable of doing such an atrocity to the already-beautiful Honeycomb UI. Stretching out the Android phone UI and changing the app launcher is not my idea of improving Honeycomb. This could very well be how Android looks on the HTC Puccini right now, but it’ll definitely change before release — I hope.

We’re definitely in for a crazy holiday season this year. With Qualcomm bringing out the big guns to fend off NVIDIA, and NVIDIA fighting back with Tegra 3, Android devices are about to get a whole lot faster. Now you just have to ask yourself, which one will I choose?

Via: Phandroid

Source: 911HTC

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  • theguyfromhell

    FIRST !!!! fuk ya all

  • http://Website Dags

    You would expect that they’ll be squeezing even more out of this chip than when it easily blew away the Tegra 2 in April (no doubt helped by the 50% higher clock speed):

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Thanks for sharing that, Dags. I updated the article.

    • http://Website metafor

      The benchmarks were only of the GPU; so the CPU clock frequency has nothing to do with its performance.

      However, I would expect a 1.5GHz A9 (in Tegra 3) would outpace the 1.5GHz Scorpion inside the 8×60. I agree with the general sentiment that while this may be a faster chip, it’s very late to market and may be too late.

      • http://Website Dags

        Good point. I haven’t seen the clock speed of the Adreno 220 in the 8×60 announced anywhere, or whether it’s possible for Qualcomm to use a higher GPU clock for their Mobile Development Platform. RAM speed could also affect these benchmarks.

        The Tegra 3 will likely go up against the MSM8960, of which samples are going out this quarter. NVIDIA will probably beat Qualcomm to market again though.

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      Yeah it does leave Tegra 2 behind, but it won’t compete with Tegra 2, it will compete with Tegra 3, and I know for sure that Tegra 3 can have 3x the FPS of Tegra 2 on a 3D game. So if Tegra 2 can get 25 FPS in that benchmark, Qualcomm chip 38, then Tegra 3 would get about 75, about twice as fast as Qualcomm’s GPU. I hope HTC will not be using *only* Qualcomm chips in the future, because it’s obvious Nvidia will leave Qualcomm behind.

      And don’t compare a demo chip with a shipping chip, otherwise I might as well compare the TI OMAP 5 that’s out late 2012 with it. Nvidia has been shipping Tegra 2 since September 2010, even if you haven’t heard much about it, but it was out there in the market. Then it became popular starting February this year, and Qualcomm still won’t ship their first 1.2 Ghz dual core chip until June. And you’re comparing Tegra 2 with the 1.5 Ghz dual core Qualcomm chip?

      Tegra 3 will be out in August for tablets and November/December for phones. So compare it with that. But i assure you Tegra 3 will be twice as fast in both CPU and GPU compared to that Qualcomm chip.

  • http://Website dagamer34

    Has HTC used a non-Qualcomm chip for their devices recently? Why is this even a rumor?

  • Alberto Vildosola

    It’s based on the Italian composer of the same name. HTC code names some of their devices after Italian opera composer like the HTC Verdi

  • http://Website Nick

    The UI is identical to what the HTC Flyer has right now with Android 2.3. I’d say that the image is an early build of the Puccini still running Android 2.3 and not Honeycomb.

  • http://Website Eric

    should have called this Mozart instead of the mid-range Window phone. Mozart deserves better!

  • http://Website Tyler

    Terrible name… People are going to laugh when they say, ‘Hey, is that an iPad?’ and I respond with, ‘No, man, its the HTC Puccini!’ I know I’d laugh…

  • NPHHaru

    I’d go even further than ‘Nick’ and say this _is_ a shot of the Flyer – As it only takes me a minute to re-create that on the Flyer I’ve got…

    There are a few HTC devices that will ship with the 8660 – and yes it’s a mean bit of hardware, I haven’t heard of a ‘tablet’ though, and I hear plenty :)

  • http://Website vm

    I think this screenshot is a theme by developr as it looks almost the same as that on flyer
    I am not saying puccini is rumour but the screenshot is fake

  • italianmagik

    My opinion is; make a small tablet that would be featured like a HTC Nexus Tablet. Running a 5mp Camera, no front facing camera were not an iphone. Also make it look identical to a Nexus One but run Honeycomb with a very open o/s. But hey just an idea.

  • Bandroid

    “Simply because I don’t think HTC is capable of doing such an atrocity to the already-beautiful Honeycomb UI”

    No. Honeycomb is not nice.

    The perspective 3d lines at the swipes, the axonometric widgets then, and the perspective music browser again – simply horrible. Not coherent.

    The strength of the HTC is the coherent GUI and the coherent widgets above the Android, and the tasteful using of the glossy effects. Open your eyes and see, how much Sense Weather Clock widget imitation is available.

    The real taste in the graphic interfaces comes from HTC and Palm (HP). And, okay from Apple – in the third place. :)

  • theguyfromhell