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Last Updated: June 16th, 2013

CPU-Z has long been a popular tool on the desktop for identifying hardware components quickly and easily. Now that same power has come to Android with the first beta release of CPU-Z in the Play Store.

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There aren't a lot of bells and whistles in CPU-Z, but it knows absolutely everything about your hardware. It'll ID your ARM chip down to the revision number, find software and kernel versions, track RAM and processor load, and list all of your internal sensors.

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The app has a Holo (#YOLO) design, but doesn't really do anything special. You can, however, export device debug information in the event of a problem to Gmail, Drive, Evernote, and other apps. This is just the first public beta, so more features might be added later.

[via @WinDroidGuy]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Jaime Larios

    Nice. It really works!

  • Trent Russell

    Woohoo! A legend in desktop modding.

  • Andrei

    Talking about design, what special things could it possibly do? I've always liked clean and simple UIs that don't add graphical clutter when not needed, such as this app's case. Besides, the desktop app has an interface as simple as this one, so it may well be left like this on purpose.

  • Bjajjull

    Nice! Except it says that my Nexus 4 has a Snapdragon 600, that's a nice surprise.

    • vieravy

      Really? Mines says the S4 Pro. They must've already fixed it.

      • zephiK

        Getting Snapdragon 600 here as well.
        Says Snapdragon 600 @ 1.73 GHz

        • milksop held

          Same but I am overclocked using Franco kernel so that could be it

          • Bjajjull

            I haven't overclocked but I'm using franco.Kernel as well.

          • milksop held

            If you're using a nightly version it auto overclocked

          • Bjajjull

            Well, I've set it to 1512MHz in Trickster MOD.

          • milksop held

            Doesn't matter still listed as 1.7 GHz

          • zephiK

            Franco Kernel does not get auto OC'd out of the box. Its default settings is 1.5GHz. It is a miscalculation on CPU-Z's end.

            CPU-Spy lists anything above 1.5 unused.

  • Scott Robart

    That might be the coolest app yet. I LOVE that the sensors all update in real-time. I have a magnetic field sensor on my HTC One, so I was walking around the house seeing where I was getting the most magnetic fields (computer was a big one, even though I have no magnetic drives).

    I love technology!

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Flowing electricity (charge) creates a magnetic field. It's magnitude depends on the shape of the wire, amount of current flowing, etc.

      In fact, "permanent" magnets also have magnetic fields due to movement of charge particles (electrons) around their atoms' nuclei, and some other causes.

      • Scott Robart

        Yeah, I have a 18" subwoofer as part of my home theater system, I put my phone next to the box and it went over 900, which was BY FAR the largest reading I got anywhere in the house. My smaller front speakers only measured about 180. I am easily entertained, I know. Oddly enough, the trackpad on my laptop measured about 150, which I found rather strange.

        I could play with these types of gadgets endlessly, I'm like an overgrown kid when it comes to my curiosity.

        • RajivSK

          Yes taking measurements across the house was the first thing I did as well ;) The woofers on my speakers only reached about 500 but the tweeters read over 4.5k, which surprised me. Another useless thing learned! :)

  • Joshua Hill

    Yay, hope it's as good as the PC version.

    • jonathan3579

      It's great in all it's beautiful simplicity.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    I believe both S4 Pro and Snapdragon 600 are basically the same, with 600 probably being a later revision with higher max clocks. Original Krait was rebranded as Krait 300, IIRC, which the 600 uses.

  • Asphyx

    This should be a BOON to devs who want to work on Custom Roms for new units as it will tell them exactly what hardware drivers they need to include for those units.

  • Michael Pahl

    Says my Maxx HD has Li-ion battery....

    • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

      Doesn't it?

      • Michael Pahl

        Lithium Polymer actually.

  • hyperbolic

    So it seems that my QC802 Quad Core RK3188 really has a 4 cores and 2 gigs of RAM...

  • Alex

    Think the only thing I can see, its missing more information about the GPU side.

    And the info about the cameras.

  • Rohan

    This app also looking nice with awesome combination and widget
    Check out
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.devicepedia

  • Vasilis K.

    One important feature is missing: CPU temperature.