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DUMPS: HTC Prophet screenshots confirms the device's low CPU speed
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 09.12.05 - 15:50:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 12261x
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Yesterday evening I spent some more time with the HTC Prophet and made some screenshots (no, unfortunately I don't have a Prophet yet) and I can finally confirm, that it is really running a TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz (shown as 195 MHz) only!
Also I can confirm (with the screenshots), that the Prophet is indeed sporting W-LAN (as announced but never trust the marketing materials ;-))

Ok, that's definitely bad news for such a new device and I wonder why HTC moved all their efforts to the TI OMAP design instead continuing with Intel's Xscale reference design? Sure, the TI OMAP platform is better in terms of battery-lifetime and highly integrated which means it can handle the core functionalities as well as WAN (GSM/GPRS), W-LAN and Bluetooth but on the other hand you can face some serious resource problems if it comes to applications like Skype which needs all the power of a CPU.

Nevertheless, the device reacted snappy, even if the ROM build was fairly old and hasn't included Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 yet (which doesn't means since it was a development ROM). Again I got confirmed, that we can expect the HTC Prophet in several European markets soon next year. No word yet about the US but since it is a quad-band device, it would makes sense too.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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