The HTC One is already among the absolute fastest smartphones on the market, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to make it go even faster.
Using a custom kernel called ElementalX, the folks over PocketNow.com overclocked the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC in the HTC One to 2.2GHz, up 0.5GHz from its stock 1.7GHz clock-speed.
2.2GHz (with voltage bump) is the maximum allowed clock speed on the Snapdragon 600 for a good reason. After running a couple of computation-heavy, synthetic benchmarks, PocketNow’s phone turned itself off after reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the overclocked and overwhelmed HTC One did turn back on after two hours, PocketNow reduced the clock speed to 2GHz, which turned out to work stably.
Before and after benchmark score suggest a good bump in performance. The stock HTC One consistently scored around 12,000 on Quadrant and 25,000 in AnTuTu. When overclocked to 2GHz, it scored around 13,000 and 26,000+ on respective benchmarks.
As expected, PocketNow had a hard time finding improvements in real-world performance. That is exactly what happens when you don’t have apps optimized to make full use of four cores running at high frequencies.