Overclocked Palm Pre joins the 1GHz brotherhood

Overclocked Palm Pre joins the 1GHz brotherhood
The webOS mobile operating system is known for its multitasking and ease of use virtues. How about some raw power behind it? While HP is twiddling its thumbs with shareholder approvals of its Palm acquisition, some insane things are being done to one humble Palm Pre. The TI OMAP3430 processor inside that particular handset has been pushed beyond limits to juice out a full 1GHz clock speed out of it. This equals the best smartphones currently on the market, and is even more amazing when you consider the default speed is "just" 600MHz.

The brains behind the “F105 Thunderchief” project (they might as well have called it “Thunderchef”), have cooked the webOS kernel to unleash the above mentioned speeds, and they have also been kind enough to record a video of how the interface behaves at those speeds. So far, the biggest drawback to toasting your chip we can see is that the bump in raw power really seems to take a heavy toll on the battery quicker than you can say “I told you so”.

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source: Engadget

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16 Comments

1. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

my question why the hell didn't designers make this phone with a 1gz processor? I really wish I was a designer of phones...I know the engineers saw the crappy quality and still let it be produced!

5. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

It would be sweet if they made it 1 ghz stock but it would be potentially problematic with that processor. A lot of phones are capable of being overclocked but when you over clock it, thats when the problems come in. Your more vulnerable to crashes, overheating, and damaging the phone. Overclocking pushes the phone to its limit. The pre was 600 mhz stock (which wasn't necessarily bad) and could be pushed to 1 ghz... just imagine what an evo overclocked would be like. Then again, who would need to overclock a phone already running at 1 ghz. how far can you push something thats already (basically) instantaneous and actually notice the difference. thats why im kind of skeptical about the 2 ghz processor motorolas talking about...

10. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

the snapdragon can only be stably pushed about another 100mhz. you can overclock (or at least i have) a droid to 1.3ghz and it still be stable. it was just a fluke with the droids processor that gave it that ability. anyone overclocking a pre+ should not go over 800mhz, ive herad it operates like a beast at 800mhz anyays, there would be no point to push it further

16. mikeike unregistered

Instead of trying to bad mouthing Palm Pre, even a guy like me can figure how to do it, and it works flowlessly mine is set so it goes into 500mhz when its screen is off and 1 ghz when the application is running. Its really fast, and so easy to do.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

You know if Google would have bought Palm and integrated WebOS into Android - that would be one sick combination! Android apps + openness + widgets + multiple home screens - combined with WebOS gestures and multitasking (card stack) handling.

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1123; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

other than card stack they have all the rest

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

i've been saying this too! but now that i think about it again after having my evo... idk if it would work to nicely. webOS has one static home screen so that you can pan the cards around and if you add android to that you'll be panning both the screens and cards which wouldnt work out well. and the launcher for webOS is basically the same for android (accept more iOS-ish) but webOS with widgets like android... that would be sickk. im sure if webOS and android ever did pair up that it would be modified to fit each other but hypothetically thinking the two are two different to combine them without any modification

4. mcmkone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Wow, only wow... Kind of got me thinking... the iPhone 4 has a 1GHz Chip right, i'd love to see these two face off and by looking at it.. the Pre would Win... I just bought my iPhone 4 and now thinking of trading it in lol

8. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

At that much of an overclock it'll pry fry the phone. Companies know they can get more out of processors but it comes with a lot of sacrifices, hence they underclock them to get descent battery life etc.

12. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Do not trade your iPhone 4 for a palm pre I know because I've owned a palm pre their good when you first get them then in a couple weeks it will go bad on you,the iPhone is a much better phone a lot of people think I hate the iPhone that's not true,Ive said a lot of bad things about the iPhone but thats just to make the fanboys mad. Just some good advice.You still can get a droid x they'll have that thing run at 1.5 or 1.6 ghz guaranteed with no problems and if you don't like android stick with the iPhone.

7. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

My question is, why not make an underclock kernel so I can have at least 2 days of real life battery life??

14. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You can with Govnah...it allows you to underclock the processor by selecting one of the pre-set Mhz. You can also set a "screenstate" Mhz for when the screen is off which really helps on the battery life. Mine is running at 125Mhz with the screen off and 1.05 Ghz when the screen is on.

15. JGriner13

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

how go you overclock to 1.05 with govnah?

9. pocholo

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

if they did this to a pre they coul do it to a G1 right ?

11. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

u people are such noobs. it cracks me up

13. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

lol

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