Do you care if your phone gets hot under pressure?

Thermal imaging is at its fine point with smartphones, as we can't imagine a better use of it than measuring how much our handsets heat under gaming pressure. With today's powerful mobile processors, often running at 2GHz+ maximums, heat is an inevitable byproduct, but some phones warm up more than others. The metal ones usually have superior heat dissipation, but their chassis might get too hot for comfortable holding, while the plastic ones may feel just warm in the same conditions, yet they leave the heat trapped inside, which doesn't bode well for the silicon's longevity.

The best scenario is that the chipset doesn't overheat in the first place, yet in light of recent reports about phones with the initial Snapdragon 810 batches - a chipset that will be in many a flagship this season - we wanted to ask you if you care how warm your phone gets to the touch. Manufacturers use many tricks to limit overheating, like throttling the processing power when things get out of control, but this isn't the best solution, as it might be a hindrance to your gaming sessions, for instance. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us how hot your phone is with the comments.

Do you care if your phone gets hot under pressure?

Yes, it's annoying, some get too hot
No, I barely notice it



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

who ever votes no. is like..... thick skinned....on their hands.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

More like blind Qualcomm fanboys.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Qualcomm fanboys be like "qualcomm haters are gonna be pissed, qualcomm has no overheating issue with the recent software update, lg g3 is even hotter than the m9" lol, please..........................

33. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm , yes becuase they under clocked ther 2.0 core to 1.5/1.6 because the cpu is crap

12. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Or people who don't really push their phones hard for long periods of time? Not giving it the chance to overheat anyways.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How about, we don't usually hold the phone where it tends to get hot. I know I don't. I notice under heavy load, then my Note 4 (white) gets hot, it is usually hot around the camera area. I don't play a lot of games, so I rarely hold my phone in landscape. When I do, it usually a photo or a webpage. You don't have to be a fanboy simply because you may not consider something a problem. The fanboys were those when the iPhoen 4 has the reception issues from covering the gaps and the fanbois tried to say it was no big deal. This is not even remotely close to that. Seeing as active cooling is not an o[tion with phones, i am sure they will make sure they don't get to hot. LG is the exception as they chose to use the SD810, knowing it had issues.

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Or maybe you have little princess hands. Make sure you didn't chip your polished nails on the keyboard. The real concern is how 'hot' are we talking about. 30-40 degrees is nothing to me.

27. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Or maybe they never faced this problem

2. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Being too hot means the device is defective or made in China.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Most phones are made in China. Go get your local banana then.

17. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

MediaTek quality person.

34. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My S4 would get crazy hot during Dead a Trigger,

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So did my Note 4. But highend games that are full 1080p will make any device get hot if you play more than 20 mins. But if you play those games anyways, you shoudlnt be holding a phone, they make joypads for that, that will hold your device.

48. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

So did my i6.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Yes. I paid for the phone and I wouldn't want to get half baked technology that includes so many issues

8. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Half baked? I beg your pardon, but the Snapdragon 810 is not half baked. It bakes perfectly.

24. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

+1 lmfao

7. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Stupid poll. Of course no one wants their phone to get hot. People don't buy phones to fry eggs.

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Apparently, 19+ people want to buy phones to fry eggs.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Come on, guys... we're talking about a 1,5° difference between the iphone 6 plus and the much vituperated M9! And the G3, that doesn't have the 810, gets even warmer!

28. TyrionLannister unregistered

This is m9 with snapdragon 810 underclocked to 1.5 GHz. I think we know what was the result when the 810 was running at 2 GHz.

37. jesusnexo unregistered

It is not under clocked dude. It has two 4 cores, one runs at 1.5 the other one runs at 2.0. Google it? Exynoss also has 2 4-cores running at a higher and lower speed

38. TyrionLannister unregistered

Lol. You cracked me up. Read anandtech . It's underclocked to 1.5 GHz for even the bigger cortex A57 cores as 2 GHz made m9 too hot. So both quad core units run at 1.5 GHz. Actually the cortex A53 are at 1.55 GHz which is hilarious.

11. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I don't want it to get hot just because I have 10 apps open or I played a game for 10-15 minutes. If I am running a benchmark, it can get as hot as it wants.

26. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

That is my point. We will NEVER EVER benchmark during real life usage. Temperature after benchmarking is useless. My friend has a Note 4 exynos version and says that phone gets really hot after some Asphalt 8 gaming for 30 minutes. And now, HTC M9 reached a maximum of 41 degrees after about 1 hour gaming, as per pocktnow review. And also there was no mention of stutters of dropped frames also, it was a perfect gaming beast. According to that picture saying, the Note 4 is the coolest one of them. Also G3 has a hotter reading than the HTC M9 with the S801. So I guess that there was some exaggerating on the issue Of course I would want the M9 to be reaching a lower temperature, but that is not a biggie like what people across some sites say.

13. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I'm more concerned with how much it throttles. I've disable the DVFS on my S4 because I use a case and am not concerned with the heat. I also don't have to worry about the battery degrading because I can just replace it (which is why I'm not buying the S6).

14. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

More heat = less efficient SoC = bad thing.

29. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

..bad thing = bad battery life. There you miss it, battery life is the whole point why more heat is bad thing

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is that why the iPhone has such terrible battery-life and its only dualcore running at 1.4Ghz?

15. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I don't mind the heat as long as it doesn't throttle nor consume too much power.

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