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The Snapdragon 810 really does have an overheating problem

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Mar 2015 20:05 User comments (5)

The Snapdragon 810 really does have an overheating problem Over the past couple of months, there has been a persistent rumor that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor has a horrible overheating problem.
No company has openly confirmed the rumor, but Samsung did come pretty close when it ditched the processor for its upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship.

Tweakers.net put a few devices to the test with a thermal camera while they were running the intensive GFXBench benchmark application, and the HTC One M9, which is powered by the 810, saw temperatures as high as 55.4 degrees Celsius, a scorching 132 degrees Fahrenheit.

The other phones tested were all significantly cooler, all of which were around 40 degrees Celsius (about 104 degrees F).

At 132 degrees, the phone is certainly uncomfortable to hold, and could be dangerous if, for example, a battery catches on fire. By comparison, the site says a desktop GPU could run at 132 degrees when playing a high-end game, but those cards have better ways to dissipate heat.

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5 user comments

119.3.2015 0:40

Just because the phone is that hot doesn't mean the processor is that hot. The M9 is mostly metal anyways, which is a good thermal conductor, right? That means the heat of the processor is transferred to the body of the phone. We need to know the temp of the processor itself.

219.3.2015 4:14

Originally posted by scopex:
Just because the phone is that hot doesn't mean the processor is that hot. The M9 is mostly metal anyways, which is a good thermal conductor, right?
No! heat conducts away so is cooler the closer to the outside you get,take another look at that picture,the white is the cpu that sucker is frak'n hot,white hot.Can cook some food with that sucker or burn a hole.

319.3.2015 11:51

Originally posted by scorpNZ:
Originally posted by scopex:
Just because the phone is that hot doesn't mean the processor is that hot. The M9 is mostly metal anyways, which is a good thermal conductor, right?
No! heat conducts away so is cooler the closer to the outside you get,take another look at that picture,the white is the cpu that sucker is frak'n hot,white hot.Can cook some food with that sucker or burn a hole.
M9 is made of mostly metal. That means heat can be transferred to the body much easier and therefore dissipates the heat from the CPU better.

The body of the M9 is 55 degrees, the CPU is hotter. The body may be hot but that doesn't mean the CPU is overheating. They should have tested phones with the same cpu and show cpu temps. This just shows the M9 runs hotter than previous phones. I had an M7 and that thing ran hotter than most of my phones, but that doesn't mean it's overheating.

419.3.2015 15:52

Come to Arizona during summer time. I have temp apps on all my phones. Just lay the phone down on the passenger seat idle with no cpu load, you will see 120-135 f all the time being read by the apps! I have never had an issue, but still if it's getting that hot indoors under medium stress then that is not good.

521.3.2015 8:02

I get it that phones get hot...even my Oneplus One gets warm when running certain games. Battery fires aside however, I'm surprised the author failed to mention that heat will drain your battery away like pulling the plug in your car to change the oil. I mean, that's probably a given to anyone here reading the article, but I still think he should have noted it for the public at large.

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