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Coder Overclocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet By 40 Per Cent!

Members of XDA-developers (opens in new tab) forum have managed to push the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet to its limit using some very clever tinkering.

By modifying Android's Kernel, a senior member called Pershoot managed to overclock the tablet's system on chip, an Nvidia Tegra 2 from 1GHz to 1.4GHz, a 40 per cent improvement.

He provides the necessary instructions as well as download links but warns that this is merely a preview of what he has been working on.

Some users have reported a significant jump in performance without any apparent glitches. No drop in Wi-Fi connectivity, no random crashes and more importantly no increase in heat dissipation.

Pershoot however has not yet provided any updates regarding the impact of the overclocking on the tablet's battery life.

The overclock provides a clue as to how much headroom Nvidia has with the current manufacturing process. The company has already released SoC's clocked at 1.2GHz but that's far from the upper limit of what the Cortex A9 can achieve (2GHz) and less than half of what can be expected from the next generation Cortex A15.

The fact that smartphones and tablets are gradually morphing into fully-fledged computers means that overclocking attempts are likely to become more common over time.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.