Thermal imaging of stressed Samsung Galaxy S4 shows the chassis rarely gets hot and bothered

Thermal imaging of stressed Samsung Galaxy S4 shows the chassis rarely gets hot and bothered
A few rare heat cam snaps have emerged of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and they show that the device has good heat distribution, plastic or not, and temperature will rarely make it uncomfortable to hold, even under stress scenarios that boil the processor.

The thermal imaging shows that the S4 barely budged during heavy loads to 111 Fahrenheit (44 Celsius) at certain points, like around the earpiece and the Samsung logo on the back, which are not where you'd normally hold the phone

There was a pause between the various tests to let the device cool down, but even under significant stress like gaming, the processor heats the device at only lukewarm temps, it seems.

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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84 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

That's why I'm patiently wait for the exynos version, crapdragon ruins everythings...

3. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The Exynos version has a bigger chip with a bigger architecture (A15 vs Krait 300) = more power draw = more heat -.-

9. highonandroid

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

more cores= less heat

17. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

And I am a flying pig...

35. highonandroid

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

well I thought the more cores the less heat, I'm new in Phonearena and I noticed people dislike everything here, even the thruth, anyways I was actually very shocked when I saw the dislikes and your weird comment, I guess this is not how you comment on PhoneArena. it was just a thought that sounds normal to me, your comment made me look like an idiot -_-

39. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Nope, it's not so simple as you put that

55. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

You do know that unless you play very demanding games or running benchmarks, the A15 cores won´t be active. A7 cores will do almost everything because according to ARM one A7 core is as powerful as A8 in for example SGS1, exynos 5410 has 4 A7 cores and if my SGS1 is running overall very smooth, then SGS4 should run very well on the A7 cores. And A7 cores should have a very low power draw and much less heat than Snapdragon. But Snapdragon is very good processor, perfect choice if you want balance between power draw and performance. Qualcomm was very smart to do this, a hybrid between A15 and A9. I hope that in near future they adopt some elements from A50 architecture because it should have much more performance/Watt and it is 64 bit processor, this could easily get in laptops

61. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The exynos 5 if your just doing standard stuff destroys the competition in batetry life. If you do a lot of gaming it is around the same.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

bragging the mighty phone, now accusing a parts. this is what happen when fanboys get big head, they overheat like their mighty gods. hahahaha too bad you cant put that in the water to cool off hahahaha

7. thelegend6657 unregistered

the exynos version would probably melt the plastic body or boil an egg , lol .

11. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

If snapdragon is crap, why almost every phone manufacturer is using it? HTC, Sony, samsung, and all windows phones uses your so-called crapdragon. Might not be the most powerful one out there but more than enough, but it's the most reliable chip. A bit of difference in benchmark in pure numbers doesnt affect user experience, If 2 random S4s are placed in front of you, one is of Exynos variant, one of of snapdragon variant, you wont be able to tell the difference in performance unless you do benchmark tests.

15. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Dude,they didn't even tell what chip they used in the heating test... -_-

42. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Just another samsung marketing news.. Promoting something that's actually irrelevent for the use of a phone...

62. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Its relevant, if the s4 chassis doesn't get hot thats a huge advantage over the HTC One.

2. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

hooo llllyyy shhhiiittteee!!! my lumia just gets warm.... goodbye ear

4. Robes1

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

In what country is 111 degrees luke warm? If it was that hot outside you wouldn't even leave the house! Water boils at cooler temps than that!

14. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Show me how you boil water with less than 111 Fahrenheit (44 Celsius) please?

19. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Yes you can, at the right pressure, but assuming that we don't spend our time in the Exosphere, don't keep it in your mind :P

20. Aeires unregistered

Only with a serious vacuum.

60. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

In my country (Dominican Republic, its the country next to Haiti for those who never took geography btw.) 44 Degrees Celsius is a good temperature for summer, Once the temperature got to 48 degrees... now THATS hot.

68. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The boiling point of water is 100°C or 212° F at 1 atmosphere of pressure (sea level)

5. tonyv69

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

That country would be the USA they state it is 111f (44c) in article.

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i told samdung don't get that hot that u will burn. that's why some powerful processor is only for PC.

63. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

PC Processors can run much hotter because they have fans/liquid coolers. Phones use passive cooling which is a huge reason why phones will never be faster than standard pcs.

8. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

looks like after this we're gonna hear news like user lost his/her finger because of the heat of samsung galaxy s4!! lolx

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sony Xperia Z : "Wait! I thought I'm the 'hottest' one in here!" :P

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Xperia Z - hottest in the market S4 - hottest in the hands

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha.......xD

18. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

At least you could dunk your phone in the water to remove the heat :P

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

True! xD

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