Qualcomm first showed us the 3rd generation of its Snapdragon chips back at CES in January, and we've seen some benchmarks confirm its rock solid performance and nearly double improvement in graphics, but now that the mobile development platform (MDP) is out, you can see the future of smartphones for yourself. The prototype, which is available through Bsquare for $1350, should capture your attention mostly if you're a developer as its not meant for commercial use, but rather for software development.
The third generation dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 does make playing back full HD 1080p videos and HTML5 in your browser a breeze. And if you weren't convinced by that, the video below shows just how much smoother playback on the Snapdragon rates against a popular rival (cough, Tegra 2, cough). The spec sheet proves that the processor's clock on the MSM8x60 could be set to as much as 1.5GHz and it comes with Adreno 220 graphics.
Qualcomm's naming convention uses a different number for different technologies, so while the 3rd generation processors are generalized by the MSM8x60 moniker, the 8260 is the GSM/UMTS version, the 8660 works on CDMA networks, while the 8960 is reserved for LTE devices. All of them share a common 45nm semiconductor technology. The first devices with the chipset are coming in the third quarter of the year, including handsets like the HTC EVO 3D and HTC Sensation.