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

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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Xperia Z3+
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2930 mAh(17h talk time)

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52 Comments

1. BobbyBoster

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Snapdragon 810, the flagship killer.

2. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

24. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Should have gone Intel

35. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

42. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

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

44. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

Haha, He is slowly being educated.

45. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Stupid SheepDroids can't even read. ROFL. I hope you realize by now why Sammy is copying Apple so shamelessly.

50. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 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

3. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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

51. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

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

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2227; Member since: Jan 16, 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..

10. waddup121 unregistered

fk the 810, 620 is where its at

21. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 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

29. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 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 ;)

47. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

33. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 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.

34. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 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

46. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Read again, you moron.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Great job Sony.

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

18. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

6. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

That 810 is relentless.

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

27. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

9. waddup121 unregistered

S810 BODY COUNT TOO MUCH DEAD!

15. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

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

11. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

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

12. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 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 ;)

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

14. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

That drop in the cup of water though.

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