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Andy Vandervell

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Samsung Galaxy S 'Hummingbird' CPU Overclocked to 1.2GHz

Overclocking: it was once sole preserve of geeks and PC hardware enthusiasts, but these days mobile phones are becoming the new playground for those looking to eek a little more performance from their processors. News comes from the xdadevelopers forums that the 'Hummingbird' processor found in the Samsung Galaxy S has been successfully overclocked to 1.2GHz, 200MHz above its standard 1GHz clock speed.

This is impressive stuff, particularly as even at stock speeds the Hummingbird processor made the Galaxy S the fastest Android handset around. Moreover, the poster who achieved the 1.2GHz stable overclock reckons the CPU could be pushed to 1.6GHz or more, though this would doubtless require a lot of tinkering.

Clearly this is a fairly niche pursuit; we don't expect most people to be running around overclocking their phone processors. This does have one further piece of significance, however, as the Hummingbird processor is widely believed to be extremely similar in composition to the Apple A4 chip powering the iPhone 4, the iPad and likely future generations of iPod touch's. Evidently there's performance there that remains untapped.

via TG Daily

HarryGlass

August 12, 2010, 3:45 pm

I overclocked the original Galaxy (from 528 to 710) which gave it a new lease of life as it'd been a real slug before. From reading reviews of the new Galaxy there's still some lag there so it's good to see this happening there as well as the phone needs a little moore ooooommmmph.

Chris

August 12, 2010, 4:23 pm

OK. Er, why?





Overclocking a PC can be well worth it if you want to increase your Crysis framerate. After all, if it draws an extra 30W when overclocked, your power supply can take it.





Overclocking a smartphone is a different kettle of fish. Samsung's 1GHz processor can already chew up any application that anyone can reasonably throw at it, so why waste battery power by overclocking it? IMO, modern smartphones need longevity more than they need performance.





That said, my HTC Hero is currently running at 597MHz, but there's a phone that needs it.

Chris

August 12, 2010, 4:28 pm

@HK: There's always some lag with Android, something Google will hopefully fix with 3.0. However, in the short time that I've tried one out I wouldn't say the Galaxy S was lacking in performance.

ChaosDefinesOrder

August 12, 2010, 4:44 pm

the nokia N900 has been overclockable for a long time: http://wiki.maemo.org/Overcloc...





I'd say overclocking from 600MHz to 1GHz stable is a lot more impressive than 1GHz to 1.2GHz...





Switching between stock and overclocked settings can be set as a homescreen shorcut as well!

Denis iii

August 12, 2010, 4:53 pm

@chris: because he can OC it and its wicked awesome!

Mattj

August 12, 2010, 5:00 pm

With the N900 it enabled underclocking so you could extend the battery life

TR123

August 12, 2010, 6:09 pm

I have this phone, it runs lightening fast anyway... i am tempted to root/hack etc, but then i might just wait for the froyo update!

speedyg2012

August 12, 2010, 10:10 pm

I think the battery life will resemble the picture in question which says it all...


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