The last two Android developer phones - the Nexus One and Nexus S - have both been quite popular amongst the Android fans because of their latest-gen hardware and fast-paced software updates (though maybe not so much for the N1). But a new developer phone coming straight from chip manufacturer Qualcomm won't be aiming to replace your personal phone - it's all about the development.
Knowing just a few of its specs, it certainly seems like it could be some manufacturer's next flagship phone, but there are two big catches:
- 1.2 GHz Dual core Snapdragon processor with Adreno 220 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera
- 13 megapixel rear camera
- Stereo speaker system
- Four microphones
- Android 2.3
- No Market access
Battery "pack" as opposed to a cell
Those last two points are the reason this phone won't be available or even usable for consumers. It isn't a Google-certified device, so you won't have access to the Market or any other Google services. And the battery is described as something "more akin to what you would see in an older cordless home telephone," so you'll probably be keeping the charger nearby.
Qualcomm has not released any details on the availability or pricing of this phone, but given that HTC is planning to use this processor in upcoming phones like the EVO 3D, Qualcomm will probably want to get this phone in developers' hands quickly.