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Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating?

0. phoneArena 03 May 2013, 15:47 posted on

A number of Samsung Galaxy S4 users are complaining that their brand new handset is overheating to temperatures as high as 122 degrees fahrenheit with most of those complaining that the handset is heating up when they are playing games or surging the web; some are suggesting enabling the power saving mode to stop the battery from overheating...

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posted on 14 May 2013, 12:58

124. Razorback556 (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


You need a windows phone!

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:45 2

20. aco96 (Posts: 196; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I don't know about this phone, but my friend's S2 overheats like hell, especially in the area where camera lens is placed.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:50 9

21. darkvadervip (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Well at least my Nokia 920 doesn't have that problem.

posted on 06 May 2013, 04:03 1

112. soona1991 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 May 2013)


lol Nokia 920 trolled again ... phone heats up when you run something that demands a lot of CPU usage. and i dont think windows has such a aap to make the cpu overloaded

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:02 18

24. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


s4 has too many flaws!!!

posted on 06 May 2013, 04:04

113. soona1991 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 May 2013)


name one all new smartphones have issues in the starting .. but all the flaws are are solved in a month or so

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:11 19

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 11450; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


S4 is having some issues man.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:26 8

31. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Almost every phone has heating issues.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:44 1

34. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Not my blackberry Z10 ;)

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:08 1

40. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not my Note II

posted on 06 May 2013, 04:06

114. soona1991 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 May 2013)


name one all new smartphones have issues in the starting .. but all the flaws are are solved in a month or so.
except Note II one of the finest phones in the market .
reason its based on the SIII platform which being in the market for a long time , helped the Note II to be flawless

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:34 17

39. darkkjedii (Posts: 11450; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not bashing Sammy, but I've said time and time again...Sammy bakes too much in at one time. This causes lag crashes optimization issues between software/hardware, and other issues. The s4 is a great device, but it needs some TLC like crazy. Battery life issues, lag, sensor issues causing air gestures not to work rite, overheating, and purple flare in the screen. This is not Sammy, I think they rushed the s4 to the market as some of these features weren't ready for prime time. Hope they nail it with the note 3, cuz sensors, and overheating leading to large battery drain sounds like a hardware issue, and of course those can't be fixed OTA.

posted on 04 May 2013, 00:03 4

75. Hemlocke (unregistered)


I went out and bought an S4 today to tide me over until my Canadian Z10 gets here, and I couldn't agree more. The S4 does too much, it doesn't do anything exceptionally well, and a lot of the gimmicks don't work well enough to even be selling points. It isn't an awful phone, by any stretch, but the One is definitely the superior phone.

posted on 04 May 2013, 11:20

96. darkkjedii (Posts: 11450; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sometimes products are rushed in order to obtain profits. In think this is one of those times, Sammy's air gestures are innovative is heck, but could've used a lot more proofing before heading into the wild. At least Sammy is pushing the envelope though... Kudos to Sammy for that.

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:06 3

60. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yet you knock the HTC One for overheating.
obvious troll is being obvious. :P

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:40

74. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Same as my Sony Xperia Z. :(

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:39

73. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Dark, are you surprised? ;)

posted on 04 May 2013, 12:19 1

98. darkkjedii (Posts: 11450; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Xperia actually I am, we've become accustomed to Sammy hitting out the park. I think this time they hit a long double with no one on base, excuse the baseball analogy lol. Seriously though the s4's that come out say in August will be fully baked, and won't have these issues.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:13

26. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


My Dinc2 used to overheat like that when I overclocked it too high for too long. Although now I have it clocked just as high but it's fine. I'm gonna bet it's a kernel thing.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:27 1

32. AustinPaul (Posts: 35; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


I have to wonder about this - I am not hearing or reading about this issue anywhere else. Does not sound like an epidemic to me. My G3 has never once overheated either.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:09

35. Jack58221 (Posts: 124; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


My s3 will over great from time to time... even when the screen is off... it's gotten too hot to keep in my pocket sometimes... but so did my. S2 and htc hero... my htc evo got so hot it cooked the battery till it expanded and bent the phone enough to separate the screen... but my s3 could cook am egg sometimes... if the s4 problem is bad enough I am sure they will have a fix out for it...

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:41 11

33. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Wow I knew this phone was wack... All of you Samsung fans waited for nothing lol

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:11 5

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn over heating issues again. Just glad I don't rush out buying a phone just because its new. it's always smart too wait for a like a month or few just too get the bugs out of the system.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:25 9

37. tigster2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Aww.. :(
Maby if Samsung chose aluminum like my iPhone it might not overheat so much..
Just a thought

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:11 1

41. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Then how do you explain the Note II, which doesn't have any overheating issues. Just a response to your thought.

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:22

87. tigster2 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Good question!
Maby they just had a mini-hiccup with their hardware or software?
Hope they can fix it or I won't be able to play games with my Samsung s4 buddies :)

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:31 4

38. ricco (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I wonder, why Phonearena is so online with all sammy's faults. Is there any hidden reason? Maybe Nokia, Microsoft? :)

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:13 4

42. bucky (Posts: 1441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Maybe it's a hugely popular phone and this is a phone website.

Btw, if this was the iPhone you trolls would be going crazy over this news. This thread would be 8 pages long already

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:34 5

45. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Most probably because the GSIV is the most popular phone out there.
They will post everything about it, good or not..

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:34 4

44. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Turn off all the gesture crap and airview bloatware. Also, if you set up an email account through samsungs email system, it defaults at "push" mail content. No good. After doing this and disabling apps that you don't use your device will run fine. It overheats because samsung can't stop adding bloatware to the device. I love the phone, but mmmman....sammy, you gotta free up space. 8g of preinstall is ridiculous.

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:20 6

47. funkshit (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)


AM OLED with dimmed screen?? Is there anyone who can see the screen outdoor?? hah?

I also heard that, when playing 3D games few minutes, GS4 even reaches up to 59 Celcius degrees.

Better to buy GS3, iPhone5 or Optimus G Pro. These are the only perfect phones selling in 2013.

posted on 24 May 2013, 08:24

137. kobra696 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 May 2013)


Funks**t, that is true... mine reaches 54C when playing 3D games making it uncomfortable to hold it in your hands. The overheating is real and it looks like a hardware issue.

posted on 13 Aug 2013, 14:02

150. atbaan (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


I have s4 octa core the maximum temperature I ever got was 42 while playing gta

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:52 1

53. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)


anybody still have the old nokia 5800 junk?
i use it for garmin gps and when its turn on, thats one baked phone
i have a first batch s3,and it come no where close to as overheating as 5800

posted on 03 May 2013, 21:03 3

55. verbalize (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Samsung is going down hill. They are starting to figure out it costs $$$$ to build a great phone. They spend all the money on speed and take away memory, quality control, and that low grade plastic.

posted on 03 May 2013, 21:15 2

56. SPASE (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I must be lucky :) no such issues with mine. I have the exynos sgs4,,
love-it

posted on 03 May 2013, 21:28 2

57. TechuntrTM (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2013)


My phone after having it and using it non-stop for a couple days has been nothing but awesome, and no heating problems.

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:11 1

61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5598; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


pfff! i got my MAXX HD up to 141 degrees fahrenheit a couple of days ago on the charger with the hotspot running. it was cooling down when i got it down to what you guys are reporting.
but seriously you should be concerned if your phone is getting that hot doing everything.
some people may end up with a glob of melted plastic if this keeps up. :P

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:42 1

64. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


My GS3 was also having same heating issues. On ideal it was on 29 degree & if i open chrome to surf net in just 10 mins the temp would jump to 40+ degree. I sold my GS3 finally. hussshh.
Samsung is crap company for sure. their every galaxy phone having major issues(I knw there is not a thing like perfect phone) but issues like excenos bug, sudden death, heating. poor design... f u samy.
SAMMY IS ON TOP JUST & ONLY JUST BECAUSE NOKIA IN NOT IN ANDROID GAME.

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:08

67. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Well this is a game changer

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:10 2

69. nothingmuch (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I have an S3, 3gs, note2, motorola atrix hd and used to have an htc one x and all got warm enough to notice just browsing the web. All phones get warm i dont care who your a fan of!

remember when you first get a new phone your using the phone intensly and yes it gets very hot and can drain the battery within an hour but that was with half charge straight from the store.
Gotta keep in mind that when we all get a new phone its NOT going to screen out for some while because of setting it all up at once and for most they're probably charging the phone at the same time. There is no fan cooling these things and if you use a powerful processor under constant load .. whatcha gonna think! C'mon people!! Laptops heat up too lets blame that on plastic

posted on 24 May 2013, 08:26

138. kobra696 (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 May 2013)


You don't put a laptop to your ear and make a phone call.

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:29 1

70. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Wow, I thought the Sony Xperia Z is the only phone that heats up, welcome to the heat family Samsung Galaxy S4!

My Xperia Z heats up when playing games, web browsing. When the phone heats up, it makes my hand feel very uncomfortable when holding it! (sigh)

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:31

71. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


The unanswered question is: which model of S4 is having this heating problem? Is it the snapdragon 600 or exynos 5 octa or both?

posted on 04 May 2013, 00:42

76. gerasim (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


i read both i don't know

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:01 1

78. Sauce (unregistered)


I went to a kiosk in BestBuy to purchase the GS4. All 4 measly display phones weren't even functioning properly and to top it all off, the Samsung sales associate was a complete and utterly f**king moron. Never in my life have I heard that amount of stupidity exit someones mouth.

posted on 04 May 2013, 17:28

103. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


In today's society, unfortunately it's not what you know, it's who you know.

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:01

79. dflash (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


My experience with the Sony Xperia z is similar, it gets hot on th back just under the camera where is the CPU when I play games . But the temperature is around 40 degrees celsius which is less then the s4 ahahhahaha looser

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:28 2

80. jove39 (Posts: 1285; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...overheat is not result of poor parts only...poor parts may contribute...but mostly due to bad CPU governor...samsung should be able to fix this with simple ota.

How I know? I have htc onex (att) it does terribly overheats when I install AOSP rom...reason is default on-demand cpu governor...it bumps cpu from idle (384mhz) to full (1512mhz) for slightest use and result in lot of heat...I have noticed this behavior even when pulling down notification bar...cpu will be at 1512mhz!!!

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:37 1

81. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 391; Member since: 24 May 2011)


my brother bought the s4 octa version a few days ago and it does get warm. Theres no 2 ways about it. Not as warm as my S2 for example but still. It gets uncomfortable while using it. Especially when it is charging. Or playing games. My brother has put a case now which solved the backside heating problem. But the screen still gets warm. But...it still is an absolutely amazing phone.. ill take the heat anyday!

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:38 3

82. CELLKONTECH (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


GUYS,no worries ...i also had the problem but AFTER THE NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE......its solved......and its perfect now...THE UPDATE IMPROVES CAMERA STABILITY AND SOLVES OVER HEATING PROBLEM :) thanks sammy

posted on 04 May 2013, 02:54 2

83. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


hahaha... even plastic toy have overheating problem.
what next????

posted on 04 May 2013, 03:41 3

84. mydi.maus (unregistered)


burn gs4 burn!

posted on 04 May 2013, 04:14

86. DeathR34PER (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Sooner or later, Samsung and possibly some other companies are going have to end up doing some temperature control tests so in the near future no phone would ever get heated up...Then again, it's good to have it heated up while in a middle of some cold weathery states if you couldn't concentrate...

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:44

88. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


its an revolutionary afterall, i have a celphone as wel as a pan so that i could fry an egg. . .bravo sammy, that s the spelling of innovation. keep it up. . .lol no buthurt

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:45

89. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


its a should i say not an. . .

posted on 04 May 2013, 07:20 2

90. joey18 (Posts: 520; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


thas inovation you can use like heater lol

posted on 04 May 2013, 07:34 1

91. jacko1977 (Posts: 390; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


mine as no heating issues the ijunk 5 i had got hotter

posted on 04 May 2013, 09:52 2

94. SoulEater1667 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


this is for you stupid people. if you would read the entire article then you will know that the heating issue is a software issue and not a hardware one that can be easly solved.
S4 is still the best smartphone yet.

posted on 04 May 2013, 13:51

99. martinlosha (unregistered)


Yes my S4 is overheating when I use the browser and the camera..
Plus Laggs a bit...

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