A hacker named DSWR has just managed to overclock the octa core Galaxy S4 to 2.8 GHz with his trickery. The story doesn’t end there though. In the process of doing so he managed to fry out the internal circuitry of this device, so technically the phone is now dead. But it goes to show that anything is possible with a little bit of modding and playing around with the kernel.
Basically what DSWR did was to trick the eight core ARM processors into running on low performance mode and heavy duty mode at the same time. We’re guessing the hacker bypassed the built-in protection which restricts users from playing around with the clockspeed of the CPU. In any case, the smartphone can only run four cores at a time.
It’s a neat little trick for people willing to play around with their smartphone and for those who won’t mind giving it up in the process. The hacker has posted this feat on a forum and has all the evidence to back it up. Perhaps in the future we will have a better way to overclock the Galaxy S4 without requiring a trip to the service center.