Before and after: an overclocked Galaxy Note II (Video)

The Galaxy Note II was once one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones on the market. But with newer Snapdragon chipsets and faster clock speeds, the Note II is begging to show its age, if only a tiny bit. The 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 chip is definitely no slouch, but it isn’t quite as snappy or powerful as more modern chips.

To speed things up, nothing ever works quite as well as wiping the phone and starting from scratch. As you load more games and fill up the internal storage, the phone will naturally begin to slow down. But if you don’t want to take the time to set everything up again (and we won’t blame you if you don’t), flashing a custom kernel and overclocking might do the trick. (Note the keyword in that sentence: might.)

In this video, we compare a Galaxy Note II running at the stock clock speed to one with an overclocked CPU.

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Taylor Martin
Based out of Charlotte, NC, Taylor Martin started writing about technology in 2009 while working in wireless retail. He has used BlackBerry off and on for over seven years, Android for nearly four years, iOS for three years, and has experimented with both webOS and Windows Phone. Taylor has reviewed countless smartphones and tablets, and doesn't go anywhere without a couple gadgets in his pockets or "nerd bag." In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing disc golf with friends, rock climbing, and playing video games. He also enjoys the occasional hockey game, and would do unspeakable things for some salmon nigiri. For more on Taylor Martin, checkout his Pocketnow Insider edition. | Google+