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Sony Xperia Z5: overheating Snapdragon 810 still an issue?


Call it the modern age blue screen of death. Despite numerous reports about Qualcomm fixing overheating issues in the second version of its Snapdragon 810 system chip, we still find some evidence that the issue persists on the Sony Xperia Z5 at IFA 2015.

One disclaimers is due first, though: the Sony Xperia Z5 units that we tested on the showroom floor are non-final prototypes and those issues might be resolved in the final version of the handset.

With this in mind, we were still not very pleasantly surprised to see the 'overheating, shutting app down' message while checking out the camera interface on the Xperia Z5. And no, we were not even recording the demanding 4K video that is known to cause phones to get hot - it was just looking through the various camera options available, right after checking out the overall interface. Put simply, the camera app shut down with no apparent reason, and that's what's bothersome.

We should also note that the phone itself is getting pretty warm, while maybe not as scorching hot as some earlier Xperias. Still, this is a troubling issue that we hope Sony and Qualcomm will find a way to resolve in the final units of the Xperia Z5.

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