The Acer A1's Snapdragon Processor; Underclocked?

Posted: Nov 2 2009, 11:32am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 5:13pm CDT, in News | Mobile Phones

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The Acer A1 “Liquid” made headlines as the first confirmed Android smartphone to pack the badass Snapdragon 1 GHz processor under its hood. Unfortunately, it looks like people who buy the A1 won't actually get to make use of a whole GHz of power. According to MobileTechWorld (via Engadget) the Liquid's processor will be underclocked to just 768 MHz.

There are several reasons for Acer to gimp their own processor. Chief among them is battery life. The A1 boasts up to a week of standby battery life, putting it far ahead of most power-sucking Android handsets. It's also possible the Liquid team underclocked the processor as a way to avoid overheating issues.

When the A1 leaks, the first few geeks to unlock it are sure to overclock their processors. If we start seeing hacked A1s melting down all across the net, we'll know Acer was in the right. Otherwise, they've sacrificed speed and multitasking awesomeness on the great altar of better battery life.

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