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Root This phone IS a dual core phone. (All you have to do is root and find out.)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by JoshuaAwe, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    So today I took the plunge and rooted my phone.

    Usually when I decide to do such a thing, it's to install apps like AdFree or System Tuner, or ES File Explorer (and others)

    Well, upon installing the usual apps, I decided to open the System Tuner app and click on the CPU (tap, sorry touch screen folks) button...

    Instead of seeing CPU0, I'm seeing CPU0 *and* CPU1 - this means the phone technically has a dual core processor. But the second is turned off.

    I then delved into System Tuner's settings area and forced both CPUs online.

    After that, I recorded my screen for further proof to show this phone is, in fact, a dual core phone.

    Since I'm a new user, I cannot yet post proof (read: links).

    So I recommend you search this title on YouTube for my video:proof that ZTE Awe (Virgin Mobile) is dual core.

    You're welcome.


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  2. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
    VIP Member

    Yep, the MSM8630 has 2 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. Have they limited it to only one on stock?
  3. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yea they disabled the other core.
  4. tnertb

    tnertb Newbie

  5. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    It seems like it's is indeed, but I think it might have been disabled for a reason. (or not)

    I set it to a reasonable speed (800mhz on the second core) and the other was set at it's default speed.

    What I did find out when leaving the 'on demand' governor on was the battery wouldn't charge because the phone got hot. I don't really think it's a big deal considering it may have been the temperature conditions in my room. (it can get fairly hot)

    So I set it to powersave while charging.

    It may be cuz I use my phone too much. (I'm a fairly socially connected guy.)

    Oh well. I guess you can call this phone a bang for your buck when you find out it's not a single core. (Then again, the upcoming Moto G is an absolute steal...considering the specs.)
  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    It usually is disabled for a reason.

    Its a cheap processor to buy, but manufacturers or carriers would rather have you buy something else at a higher price so they disable one core.

    But as you found out... Rooters get a powerful phone for a great price :)
  7. tnertb

    tnertb Newbie

    Heck I know the first day I was playing mine it was getting hot right out of the box.

    as for bang for the buck. hell yeah. paid $60 for mine, hoping to get $40 of that back on BF and I was able to keep it on my $25 plan. Once I can figured out the rooting process on this one it will be sweet, even better with the info you provided.
  8. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    You paid $60?! I paid $74 plus one-day shipping (99 bucks or something like that.)

    That's awesome you got to keep it on your plan.

    And if you find the All Things Root section of the ZTE Awe, you can find a program that will help you root it. All you have to do is enable debugging mode on your phone for it to work, and install Super SU or whatever rooting program you use from the Play Store.

    If you need help, feel free to PM or contact me via my twitter (@aiden_phelps)
  9. NumberXV

    NumberXV Newbie

    So is turning on the second core recommend for everyday use? How's the battery with the 2 cores running?
  10. Wpz2000

    Wpz2000 Well-Known Member

    Did you swap out your phone online? Just wondering how you were able to stay on the $25 plan. What phone did you have before?

  11. tnertb

    tnertb Newbie


    Op V

    won't truely know till next billing cycle but keeping my hopes high. :)
  12. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    It can be for every day use. As long as you clock the second core to a respectable speed. I'm getting 9 hours of use (I use my phone A LOT, so obviously 9 hours without a charge is pretty damn good.)

    So in short, battery life with two cores is still pretty good.
  13. NumberXV

    NumberXV Newbie

    Well what do you recommend be a good clock speed to set the second CPU and what app to use? I'm a complete noon when it comes to this.
  14. antipasta

    antipasta Newbie

    Any chance you can run a benchmark like quadrant before and after turning the second core on? Just curious how the 2nd core would change things.

  15. min68

    min68 Newbie

    By industrial common sense, this normally means the CPU shipped for this phone manufacture is defective on 2nd core. like not reaching target speed, or totally malfunction.
    CPU vendors ship such device with huge discount.

  16. Wpz2000

    Wpz2000 Well-Known Member

    It was probably disabled for marketing purposes, a low end phone can't be allowed to cannibalize higher end phone sales which also have dual cores.

    In modern semiconductor manufacturing, anything that is disabled because of defects is disabled via electrical or laser fuses. Software cannot enable them.

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  17. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I usually don't run benchmarks since I consider them pointless for the average user. Sure, there's going to be a slight boost in performance, but the benchmark readings (to see any increase in performance) don't really matter to the average person since they only care if the phone goes faster or not.

    But I do have a detailed screenshot since you asked.

    Attached Files:

  18. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I set the second core to 702 mhz in Android Tuner. And when I ran benchmarks, I set it to the full speed and set the governor to performance.
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  19. NumberXV

    NumberXV Newbie

    So I turned on the second core ( I used Android tuner free) and set it at 700ish. All went well until I pressed the off/boot/init.d switch and now the core is ondemand at Max (1108 or something). I tried turning the core off but when I restart its back at ondemand and max. How would I go about turning the core off? Or will this negatively impact the phone in anyway?
  20. giltheissen

    giltheissen Newbie

    I don't think the second core (cpu1) is turned off (at least it wasn't on mine), it's just that cpu1 is first one to go "offline" when the system is idling. If you look real quick as soon as you open CPU manager, you can see both cores running, but within a half second or so, cpu1, goes offline. As further proof, try sliding the pullout menu from the left side of the screen. As you slide it back and forth, you'll see both cores engaging.
  21. JoshuaAwe

    JoshuaAwe Newbie
    Thread Starter


    Well mine reported to be offline at all times unless I turned the core online.
  22. antipasta

    antipasta Newbie

    I was waiting to get my awe before confirming this, but I've heard of similar behavior with other phones. Good to know!
  23. I actually just paid a flat $40 for a brand new one. Also, where can I download the drivers?
  24. NumberXV

    NumberXV Newbie

    Just connect your phone to your PC. You should get a prompt on how you want to connect the phone.

    1)Install Drivers
    3) MTP USB
    4) MTP Camera

    Choose Install drivers and it should be under Computer (where it shows you the hard drive and such). Click and install the phone drivers.

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