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Watch as the Sony Xperia Z3+ overheats after a few seconds' camera app use

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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.


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posted on 24 Jun 2015, 17:42 35

1. BobbyBoster (banned) (Posts: 43; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


Snapdragon 810, the flagship killer.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 17:47 23

2. NotAGeek (Posts: 279; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hate to say this but i have to agree with you on this one.Finally you have some healthy sense

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:08 3

24. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Should have gone Intel

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 22:31 3

35. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Crap the 1st thing you have said that is true and very good for Samsung the only Oem who sales are up this year, all that have used sd are all down

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 02:23 3

42. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


I dont get it why all of them keep using sd810 when clearly it had heating problem since beginning.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 04:13 1

44. nuldolor5x.com (unregistered)


Haha, He is slowly being educated.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 05:06

45. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Stupid SheepDroids can't even read. ROFL.

I hope you realize by now why Sammy is copying Apple so shamelessly.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 16:26

50. TezzaBP (Posts: 273; Member since: 18 May 2015)


I know you're a troll, and you're pretty funny, but other companies not running Android use the Snapdragon processors

Why am I even telling you, you probably already know

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 17:58

3. Zylam (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


One plus should just sell snap dragon 810 chips than, fits in with their line of work.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 16:27

51. TezzaBP (Posts: 273; Member since: 18 May 2015)


They're using a revised version, so hopefully it should be fine

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:08 5

8. cheetah2k (Posts: 1507; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Uber hot 810, combined with a totally sealed IP68 handset with next to no heat dissipation ability just smells like a burning hot disaster to me..

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:12 2

10. waddup121 (unregistered)


fk the 810, 620 is where its at

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:02 7

21. Katrina (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


WHAT A BS VIDEO, first of all he didnt even do a reading of the temp before. clearly these people are too stupid and wants to spread false rumor.

here is a Z3+/4 doing a 4K video testing for over 10 mins.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFw0y5ZeeYs

android pit is super lame, stay in your PIT MANG

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 21:07 3

29. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Don't get that butthurt over some really obvious facts.
Here is another video done by Btekt(don't tell me you trust them as well), and it is compared to the M9 and S6. But guess what? Even the M9 does a better job here.

https://youtu.be/0EkHJw_VNcU

Enjoy ;)

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 06:22 1

47. romeo1 (Posts: 705; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Probably before the update. I noticed it only got hot during the camera app but never in discomfort for me. But the camera app closes. With the update it takes a much longer time before closing. The ar mode still closes in around 3-4min which is pretty bad as you need to play first before knowing what picture you want. The 4k mode is pretty acceptable as i got 6minutes. I don't use the ar mode but it doesn't excuse sony. they shouldn't have put that mode in.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 22:04 2

33. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 508; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


They should stop production on any handset that is suppose to have a SD810 chip in it. It would be better to delay the launch,and use another chip than to launch a turd of a device with this crappy chipset.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 22:30 2

34. j2001m (Posts: 2789; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Crap the 1st thing you have said that is true and very good for Samsung the only Oem who sales are up this year, all that have used sd are all down

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 05:08

46. BobbyBuster (banned) (Posts: 854; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Read again, you moron.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:02 3

4. rsiders (Posts: 852; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Great job Sony.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:02 3

5. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Woops, looks like I have another oven again apart from M9 :)

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:45 3

18. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It will come in handy while camping. I heard the next season of Marooned and Dual Survival will be sponsored by the Z3+.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:05

6. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


That 810 is relentless.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:07 7

7. NotAGeek (Posts: 279; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


OnePlus Two is next,and without aftersales services,recipe for disaster

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:45

27. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


OnePlus said they underclocked the CPU so it won't overheat..

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:12 1

9. waddup121 (unregistered)


S810 BODY COUNT TOO MUCH DEAD!

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:35

15. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Let's call Law & Order, the Special Victims Unit.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:16 6

11. Canaan (Posts: 329; Member since: 25 May 2014)


I guess this is what happens when companies rely primarily on one chip set maker .

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:28 2

12. mostafawael.1998 (Posts: 240; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


It needs some optimisation and better use of cores
See, the new update of the HTC One M9 android 5.1 (2.7.401.1) has massive performance, thermal and battery life improvements now. It also has these new drivers also. I haven't tried it personally, but everyone using Maximus ROM 5.0.0, which is the first android 5.1 ROM for the M9, have very positive feedback regarding these parts. I agree S810 should have been flawless and in a better state, but still the dragon can be tamed. All that fuss is because octa-core setup is new for Qualcomm and they needed more time to optimise and control it better ;)

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:32 4

13. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


I'll call this The Snapdragon 810 Mass Murder case...

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:33

14. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


That drop in the cup of water though.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:39 3

16. tonyv13 (Posts: 37; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


sony knowing that the chip overheats still decided it to use it lol ohh sony . all these companys should boycott and not buy that soc

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:40 6

17. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Turn on camera app, drop ur Z3+ on a water :D warm water :D

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:48 1

19. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Here's how you circumvent the "no hotplate" rule in your dorm kids.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 18:51 4

20. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


Sony is going to"Patch" it..... lmao or basically throttle the hell out of performance even worse then it already is. SnapDragon really messed this one up.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:05 1

22. FCB-Eto (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


The problem isn't only the SD810 it does magnify the problem and make it worst however. The Z1,Z2 and Z3 all would get terribly hot around the camera module thanks to the Boinz processor Sony added to their phones . I'm sure if anyone tries taking many photos or recording HD or 4K with any of the above mentioned phones the camera app would force close to cool ,this obsession with thinner devices also needs to stop and I'm positive pretty soon the adhesive holding the glass together on these phones will weaken from the excessive heat and the phone won't be water resistant any more. I mean the S6 doesn't heat up as much but they are confirmed cases of the glass coming off from the adhesive so I'm sure Sony will lose alot after this.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 08:16

49. drazwy (Posts: 190; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Yes, lets stop innovating and progressing and just give up. It's too hard!!

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:07

23. rnagic (Posts: 148; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


I want to see someone make a rom that turns off all these safety restrictions and just see how long the internals last.

The Icarus chip.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:38

25. dimas (Posts: 1910; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


How about the 615 handsets? Is it true that they also get hot so quickly?

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 21:15 1

31. DavidPro (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Yes! Yes!

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:41 1

26. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Why would any rational company release a phone with this issue?

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 19:48 1

28. saratew (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


Well, a waterproof ability does help here.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 21:14 1

30. DavidPro (Posts: 8; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Snapdragon 810 was built with waterproof phones in mind so that we use it in water and it dosn't overheat and throttle down!!! :D

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 00:10 2

39. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Perfect phone fpr the citizens of Atlantis!

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 21:50

32. Virage (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 May 2015)


Cousin upgraded from z2 to z3+,not worth the upgrade z2 is better. Now on lg g4, with no issues.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 22:32

36. jessyi (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


LG G4 is the best qualcom powered handset so far..

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 22:41 1

37. fyah_king (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Get that SD 620 asap÷

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 23:10 3

38. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


SD810 is such a fail this year.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 19:28

52. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


you can say that again

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 00:41

40. InmortanJoe (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 May 2015)


All these Snapdragon 810 overheating on flagships, means...

Victory for Samsung.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 02:23

41. azene (unregistered)


people should buy z3 instead z3+ i guess :/

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 02:36 1

43. SASANK360 (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Apr 2015)


Every OEM goes to one place which is reliable. Qualcomm. But this year qcom screwed it up with the 20nm process. I do not believe them when they say prototype units did not overheat.
Also the OEMs that used sd810 would have used the phone they built before releasing.
They would have surely realised the enormity of the situation. For sd810 they paid qcom twice the amount they did for sd801. Now it is worthless. So what do they do ? They cannot abandon the idea of selling it. They cannot go back to qcom and say 'hey we wanted to make a phone, we ended up with a furnace.'
So they decided let us mitigate the loss by selling these devices at a premium price, using new selling points, like selfie cam, ultrapixel BS, waterproofing, metallic build blah blah.....
People take the bait and buy the devices just for the "brand" name.
I really love what sammy did. But I also wish qcom uses better manufacturing process for upcoming chips. I am a huge fan of qcom chips and their gpus. Hope they learn an important lesson and come back strong.

posted on 25 Jun 2015, 06:29

48. romeo1 (Posts: 705; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Im notnsure its a good idea to put the z3+ inncolda water if the device is hot. The glass could break by the shock of hot and cold

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