Exclusive: HTC Flyer Uses Overclocked Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC

The HTC Flyer contains the fastest system on chip available on the market, but no one has until now, been able to pinpoint exactly what chip it has.

HTC was elusive when it came to the manufacturer, only stating in its press release and on its spec sheet that it ran at 1.5GHz; so we dug deeper and unearthed some interesting tidbits.

Qualcomm has told us that the HTC Flyer runs on the Snapdragon MSM8255, a single core part rather than a dual core one. What's more intriguing though is that the SoC has a stated clock speed of 1GHz although a much faster variant clocked at 1.4GHz, the MSM8655T, is already powering the HP Pre 3 smartphone.

The US-based manufacturer told us that it "sets the Snapdragon MSM8255 at 1.4GHz as the optimum point for power efficiency and performance. Once the chipsets go to partners they can choose to increase, or decrease the clock speed from this point depending on their individual needs."

So in effect, HTC has chosen, in the case of the Flyer, to overclock the chip by about 7 per cent, making it in the process, the fastest portable device on the planet, which may have affected battery life.

HTC hasn't specified the battery capacity on the Flyer's spec sheet. However, Pocket-lint says that you can expect around four hours worth of video playback. In comparison, Apple states that the iPad 2 can last up to 10 hours watching video, surfing the web or listening to music, significantly better than the Flyer.