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Is your Samsung Galaxy S4 overheating?

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

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 06 May 2013, 01:08

109. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

i had played with 3 different HTC One from 3 different ATT stores, tried the games, apps, taking photos, recording videos, playing music with dual front speakers, going on the web, texting, sending normal text, then sent photo text, it didnt even get hot, couldnt even feel that it was warm.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:56 5

23. AMDPhenomX4 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

The HTC One is literally a giant heatsink. The Snapdragon 600 in it is literally directly in contact with a piece of copper shielding and then the aluminum body. On the S4 the Snapdragon 600 is facing the screen and going through layers upon layers of plastic. You either have the option of a phone that feels warm to the hand and doesn't throttle, or a phone that stays cool most of the time but gets very hot during CPU intensive tasks due to the lack of CPU cooling and them throttles.

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:48 6

52. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

And then theres a 3rd option... Buy an iPhone that has half the battery size, last twice as long, and doesnt get hot at all, while benchmarking better if not the same as the "competition"

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:44 3

65. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

I am not sure if the battery will last twice as long, speaking in personal experience

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:46

120. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

I have an iPhone 5 and get great battery life, but to be fair, everyone has different usage patterns, plus many variables like signal strength, type of signal its pulling, if you have extra radios on such as bluetooth and wifi. Several screen shots showing Standby: 1 day 3hrs, Usage: 4 hrs 14 mins and battery at 26%. Another Standby: 4hrs 9mins and Usage: 3 mins and battery at 100%. The iPhone has excellent standby time. Lastly another showing Standby: 20 hrs 19 mins and Usage: 7hrs 10 mins and battery at 3%. But again everyone has different usage patterns and there are quite a few variables. Overall though i am happy with my battery life.

posted on 04 May 2013, 09:17 2

93. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Saying the iPhone doesn't heat up is just flat out lying, my friend has the 4S and he says it gets hot when playing games, which i think every phone does. (My One X and my sisters Galaxy S II also heat up during games which is a completely normal thing)

posted on 09 May 2013, 18:50 2

121. ecmedic4 (Posts: 420; Member since: 02 May 2013)

Yes ive had mine get warm, but nothing too extreme that it was uncomfortable to hold during certain games/tasks. But like you said everyone does, kinda expected when they are as thin as they are, not much room between the components and outter casing. Ive never had it get so hot that it shut down on me though. Im not a hardcore gamer on my phone though either, so it varies depending on ones usage.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:00 9

7. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1623; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

It would be interesting to see if it's just the Snapdragon version, Exynos version, or both.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:07 6

11. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

That's the first question I asked when I saw this.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:13 5

15. torr310 (Posts: 1072; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

higher chance on the Exynos version. Saw the news saying Samsung's software isn't written well for the 4+4 cores, so it has problem switch between the two. The issue comes when some tasks need high power can only run on the slower CPU and cause it overheated.

Snapdragon verison probably is fine.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:23 3

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

Both are good, the exynos 5 has a slight edge over the snapdragon 600 but its nothing the average user will notice. The only difference I can find is the US S4 seems to lag and the Exynos 5 is flawless (probably due to samsungs crappy optimization on their 2nd choice of cpu)

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:09

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

Good question :)

posted on 05 May 2013, 03:09 1

106. ranveer5289 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 May 2013)

Mine is Exynos version and gets pretty hot when I am browsing, listening music, flipboard, facebook etc over WIFI

I checked my temperature using System Tuner app and it shows my phone at 56C :(

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:06 2

9. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Good question Phil. Kind of important info....

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:07 10

10. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Yeah, complain now the HTC One...

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:20 11

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)

HTC One has build quality issues(nicks, gaps, loose buttons).

Stuck pixels

Fact is that most oems have this kind of problems with the first batch of their products. And this doesn't only concern smartphone oems..

posted on 03 May 2013, 19:44 5

46. MachDaddy (Posts: 52; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)

I was playing with a demo model of htc one and the flash was loose... obv. it was demo model but still.

Also, i was not quite as blown away with the "amazing" build quality as I thought I'd be, but loved the dual speakers on the front.

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:20 5

48. SleepingOz (unregistered)




The mass production models also have these issues.
Like I've said earlier, no oem is immune against these manufacturing defects. The reason why you don't see PA reporting them is because their products are not as popular as the Galaxy/iPhone line.

posted on 04 May 2013, 00:47 9

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

dude do you work for Samsung student agency because i see you on all websites trolling all brands that are not Samsung.

posted on 04 May 2013, 08:26 3

92. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Do you even know what trolling is?
And all websites? like? I only comment here..
You seem a lil butthurt, am I right?

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:07 4

12. eddienimz (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

thin phones will have that problem for sure .... anyway who care if the phone is less than 7 mm .... just make a good phone that we can hold in a good way

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:09 4

13. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)

I think it's the snapdragon. My N4 heats up all the time and sometimes for no apparent reason. Playing games will guarantee that the temp rises to an uncomfortable level. The battery also depletes quickly when the temp rises.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:50

22. kozza3 (Posts: 715; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

you should try the latest PA ROM, everything runs very smooth and i have notice a HUGE drop in how hot it gets during games and browsing

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:14 1

27. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1034; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

It's almost for sure a software issue.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:12 10

14. eddienimz (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

im 21 and im done playing games ... i feel like a kid playing a game ... its samsung s4 and its for adults not for kids who want to play games ... time to grow up people .... no need to waste ur time and play games daily for 24 hours

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:16 5

16. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

What? Now people can't play games on their phones just because you say so?

What shall i do on my boredom? Play a game? No because eddienimz said so.

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:29 10

18. hihiguy (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)

Oh lookie me im 21 im a adult.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:25 1

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

Troll is obvious.

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:04 3

58. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

feeling like a kid doesn't mean you're any less of an adult. you obviously have insecurity issues.

posted on 06 May 2013, 01:15 1

110. KennethP4V (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

well now u sound more like a kid for saying these stupid bs.

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