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.

Source: geek.com

  • http://martino2k6.wordpress.com/ Martin

    13MP camera?! Just why...?

    • http://androidexpress.wordpress.com/ Nate Kimmey

      Honestly, I have no idea. Just seems like a waste of money to me.

    • Joshp9690

      Becuase they're boss like that

  • Zepplin76

    1GB RAM with that setup is still a much of a holdup as the no market and battery pack issue...stereo speakers and all is nice and needed for newer phones as a selling point soon.. I can see the need of charger nearby for sure but 13MP camera and a wallplug tether just defeats the opportunity to EVER be able to take a picture of anything worth anything (unless you are a teen girl taking kissyface or nude pic in the bathroom...)

    • Bodymassagee

      ...Do you even know what RAM is? 1 GB of ram is friggin amazing and is the same amount in the Atrix and Evo 3d. Plus, the article said it's a DEVELOPER phone. DEVELOPER. It's not meant for consumers like you.

  • Josh H.

    While I think some features like a 13MP camera on a cell phone are pretty useless, I think its great that manufacturers keep pushing the limits. That's what brought us the iPhone and EVO. I can't wait each year to see what they come up with.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I have always said from day one of owning my Htc evo 4g that NOTHING BEATS HTC AND QUALCOMM...They gave SPRINT the best and just knowing that the new HTC EVO 3D has these SPECS which I knew would happen lends further credence to the fact that the HTC EVO 3D IS nad will be the best on the market in 2011...Sprint/Htc should be proud