HTC EVO 4G Update 3.29.651.5: Framerate barrier broken

By Peter Chubb - Sep 25, 2010

Two days ago Alan Ng reported that the HTC EVO 4G update 3.29.651.5 was made available for download. He mentioned a couple of new features and fixes, and then asked if there was anything else new? Well we can answer that for him, as it seems that HTC and Sprint has done away with the 30 frames per second barrier.

What was once something that HTC said was impossible to do with just software, we find it strange how there is now no framerate cap. For proof Ross Miller has an image on Engadget that proves that the 30 frames per second barrier has indeed been broken.

A couple of our readers have verified this, one saying that they achieved 54fps, while another said that they were averaging 52fps. What framerate have you bee getting, let us know below?

Some readers on Engadget do not seem too bothered about the increase though; they seem more worried about the hardware issues of the EVO. One issue that has been bothering users is the battery life. Some have been saying that the battery drains down much quicker than other Android handsets, so how come one owner said that he dropped just 30 percent in 8 hours?

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  • 3500mAh

    Guys… if you are not using this battery, you are not using your EVO to it's fullest potential. If you find yourself struggling to turn this gadget or that setting off, you bought the wrong phone. Time to turn that cool EVO in for a simple flip phone, or time to buy a good battery so you can enjoy what your monster phone can actually do! What are you waiting for????

    4.5 stars out of 5, with 168+ customer reviews can't be wrong.

    Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC EVO 4G (Black)

  • battosai777

    Key to battery life..turn off WiFi, Bluetooth and 4g if u are not in a 4g area. My phone will last for 2 days with moderate use. I have live wallpaper on and back light up most of the way. unless I am on the internet for more than an hour per day it will stay up just fine. I send / rcv 30-50 texts and talk for 10-20 mins on a slow day I also usually watch about 30 mins of movies during lunch… not rooted.

  • Ceekity

    I've gone a full 22 hours and still had battery to spare with wifi on, normal backlight and using applications. that was awesome. until i started using the net.. then my evo started dieing.

  • john

    Has anyone's main camera been giving problems? My Evo shows a pink/white screen when using the main camera, the frontal camera works fine.

    • sheldon

      John, I'm having that same issue. have you found a resolution?

      • Naomi

        This started happening to my Main camera last week. It comes and comes with no pattern. It is a full pink hue with soloaried effect.

  • So far I've been getting 53fps. Decent enough for me to watch movies on.

  • jason franco

    The uncapped frame rate to my knowledge had only been possible with routing your phone and installing a custom Rom such as baked snack. The custom roms do help you achieve better battery life as well by enabling you to down clock your processor when the screen is off using an app from the app store. It would be nice to see that HTC and Sprint have provided a solution for those that do not want to go through the root process.

  • Noel

    Most people do NOT know how to properly charge their batteries and end up killing it. I get through a day with moderate use. I turn off live wall paper, I don't use a task killer, I have my screen brightness about half. I fully discharge the battery about once a month.

    • paul

      Evo uses a lipo based battery type, as compared to the previous nicad batteries. Nicad batteries has a memory effect and is why it must be drained completly and recharged from zero to reset the memory. Lipos don’t have that problem. In fact draining a lipo to far will actually damage the battery and could be dangerous when recharged. My hobby is scale electric aircraft and batteries are everything.

  • habibli

    I have found that the WiFi is the key to battery life on the evo. Turn it off when you are not on WiFi network. With WiFi off my battery will last all day.