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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy S II Overclocked to 1.8GHz!

Overclocking was once limited to desktops, but it now looks as if smartphones are catching up as enthusiast DIYers start to tinker with the hardware.

Someone from XDA developers (opens in new tab) forum has managed to overclock the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which comes with a Qualcomm system on chip, from the standard 1GHz to a staggering 1.836GHz - that's around an 84 per cent speed increase.

The post on XDA-developers gives ample details how to achieve this spectacular increase in clock speed. At the time of writing, there were no benchmarks, and overclocking to such levels should be done very carefully because unlike their desktop counterparts, you can't cool SoC's using exotic cooling solutions or even a proper heat sink fan.

Furthermore, it would be interesting to find out whether a smartphone can sustain such high overclocking levels without damage, and what the effect on the battery life the overclock has.

It appears likely that Qualcomm's current system on chips have a lot of legroom, something that will allow the company to produce and label parts at different clock speeds more easily.

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.