Watch as the Sony Xperia Z3+ overheats after a few seconds' camera app use
By now, it has been established that the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z4 -- like so many smartphones running the Snapdragon 810 processor -- have trouble with regards to overheating. But the severity of the issue with Sony's flagship models may eclipse the problems that HTC and Xiaomi have faced courtesy of Qualcomm's troublesome chipset. A new video released by the guys at Android Pit suggest that the all-new Z3+, technically the same as Sony's flagship-in-Japan Z4, overheats in a matter of seconds when certain elements of the camera app's functionality are used.
OnePlus is adamant that its upcoming OnePlus 2, which will also be powered by the 810 SoC, won't be afflicted by overheating woes. But looking at the mess that Sony seems to have gotten itself into, one may view OnePlus' decision as ill-advised. Sony has said that a software update is on its way to address the overheating problem. But as the video below demonstrates, minor usage of certain camera functions can easily push the Z3+ to apparently unmanageable temperatures.
The launch of the Xperia Z4 in Japan was marred by users complaining and retailers warning about the overheating tendencies, with many outlets advising shoppers to power down their device at regular intervals. Thus, the software update Sony speaks of cannot arrive quickly enough, and here's hoping the fix doesn't involve throttling the chip to a fraction of its capabilities.
Check the clip below, and as ever, let us know of your thoughts in the comments.