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