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There is NO 1GHz i8910HD, Updated

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Update: If some research and a dab of common sense weren’t enough, Samsung India has taken down the 1GHz line from the product description and replaced it with the proper specifications listed below.

Recently, a lot of mobile blogs and forums have worked themselves into a tizzy over Samsung India posting the specs of the 16gb i8910HD with an added line that reads “1GHz CPU Powering Innovative 3D UI” and jumping to the conclusion that Samsung put in a newer, faster processor for this release. For those that bothered to look into the actual CPU hardware used in the Samsung i8910HD, you might have noticed this line:

OMAP3430 – 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 + PowerVR SGX 530 GPU + 430MHz C64x+ DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor)

Paying attention to the bolded numbers, neither of them come close to 1GHz. It’s only when you add the clockspeeds of the main CPU and the DSP that you get 1030MHz, or 1GHz. That’s all well and good, but NO other mobile CPU is clocked in the same manner. If they were, then that means the N97 is running at 694MHz, the N95 is clocked at 552MHz, and the Palm Pre is clocked over 1GHz.

It also means that EVERY i8910HD on the market has a 1GHz CPU as well.

TechRadar’s post regarding the same topic digs a bit deeper and reminds of Samsung’s previous history with errors on their own website. I’m reminded of Nokia copying and pasting information from the Euro device specifications onto the NAM device pages without bothering to change even the frequencies.

Still don’t believe me? Consider the contrary. Pretending Samsung DID change the processor  it would be a production miracle if Samsung was able to…

A-1. place an order for X,000 (or more) new Qualcomm chipsets (including all of the licensing and purchasing details from TI), OR
A-2. rush their own 1GHz Hummingbird CPU into production a few weeks after it was announced,
B. re-write the drivers necessary for the hardware and operating system to work properly with the new chipset,
C. re-manufacture the next batch of i8910HD’s with this new chipset, and
D. do it all within the 2-3 months the original has been available.

There is NO 1GHz i8910HD. Or, if you like, ALL i8910HD’s are 1GHz. You decide. Either way,

it’s the same device.

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Written by Jonathan

August 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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  1. The logic of simply adding clock speeds of 2 chips on the SoC both of different ISA’s, CPI, issue rates etc. to get the total clock is technically incorrect.

    Even with the same ISA a 2 Ghz Core 2 Duo ! = 4 Ghz Core 2 Solo

    So either it’s a typo, or Samsung has upgraded it’s processor. Hence, IMHO the logic used to justify the 1 Ghz clock speed is totally incorrect.

    BTW I noticed that the Singapore listing of the i8910HD has it’s weight and dimensions incorrectly listed. ref: http://sg.samsungmobile.com/mobile-phones/samsung-i8910-hd-specification

    This site however seems to have no info about the processor.

    Karthik Ramgopal

    August 17, 2009 at 2:47 am

  2. That’s my point, Karthik. Someone who knows nothing about mobile processors was probably told to type up the specs for the OmniaHD on the Samsung India website and didn’t know what to do when he saw the two clock speeds. Call it a typo, call it a screwup, call it whatever you want, it’s incorrect, and there’s only one chipset for all i8910HD’s.

    Jonathan

    August 17, 2009 at 3:08 am

  3. But then would Samsung make so big a selling point of it at the India launch at Mumbai? (Similar to what they did about the 800 Mhz of the Jet).. Well if there is no 1 Ghz chip then I guess a lot of these marketing guys are gonna be in the soup soon 😉

    Karthik Ramgopal

    August 17, 2009 at 3:11 am


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