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HTC is rumoured to be working on new 2GHz and dual-core smartphones to be released by the end of this year.
The new phone is codenamed HTC Sabor and is rumoured to have a 2GHz processor, two camera, including a 10 megapixel one, and a touchscreen with over 1000 pixel resolution. It is also expected to be able to record video at 1080 pixel resolution.
All current smartphones have a single core processor, but HTC is apparently working on a dual-core model as part of its “Project Emerald”, which it is calling the HTC Vision. It will supposedly have a 800MHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 8 megapixel camera.
Both phones are expected to run Android 3.0, Google's next update to its operating system. Google is planning to create tougher competition with Apple by paying more attention to the user interface for the next update, meaning that HTC may not employ its Sense overlay for these two new models.
Some rumours suggest that Android 3.0 will require a minimum of 1GHz single core processor, which will rule out a lot of older models from the update. This seems unlikely to us, as one of Google's long-term aims for Android is to remove the fragmentation already present within its smartphone market.
HTC will have some competition, however, as Motorola announced in early June that it would be releasing a 2GHz smartphone by Christmas.