Sony’s flagship smartphone for 2015 features a 5.2 inch full HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop software. That all sounds pretty good, but there may be one major problem with Sony Xperia Z3+. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and there’s mounting evidence that this chip has a heat problem.

There’ve been a number of reports indicating that phones with the processor have a tendency to suffer from performance issues when the processor gets too hot.

The latest example? Using certain features of the Sony Xperia Z3+ for a few seconds can cause the app to crash.

z3 plus camera crash

The folks at Android Pit noticed the problem when they started testing a review unit, but they’ve confirmed with Sony that this is known issue affecting phones that are shipping to customers. Sony plans to release a software update to address the issue in the future, but it’s a pretty obvious demonstration that the Snapdragon 810 processor can run hot.

For now, you can still use the camera to shoot 1080p video or take basic photos. But if you try to use the camera’s augmented reality mode or shoot 4K video, you’ll see a message after a few seconds letting you know that the Camera will turn off temporarily in order to help your phone cool down.

At the conclusion of a somewhat cheeky video, Andrroid Pit’s Kris Carlon drops the phone into a glass of water… but that raises an interesting point: unlike most smartphones with the Snapdragon 810 chip, the Sony Xperia Z3+ features a waterproof design.

Maybe someone should try to build a liquid-cooled smartphone case. Of course, the insides of the phone aren’t waterproof, liquid-cooling would be able to keep the outside of the phone cool, but might not do much to keep the chip itself from getting too hot.

via Android Police

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7 replies on “Maybe Sony’s waterproof phones should be liquid-cooled”

  1. I think better DON’T BUY ANYTHING WITH SNAPDRAGON 810 inside.
    Wait for Snapdragon 820, it is ready but maybe need to wait for mass production for a couple months.

    I see no point to buy so expensive but got those heat problem.
    Or they throttle down the speed, so hey WTF i bought so expensive and they lower down the speed of my mobile processor ? Then i might as well buy a cheaper slower processor.

    Does it make sense to you all or i am the only weird one who think like that ?

  2. Combination waterbottle/smartphone case. I’m gonna make millions.

  3. This problem isn’t exclusive to this new model. I have last year’s, Xperia Z3V and it has the same problem. Whenever I attempt to record HD video, I may get 30 seconds into the recording when I receive the error message about the phone over heating. Maybe I need to record more HD video under water . . . . 🙂

    1. You are using it wrong. You are only supposed to record 4K video if you are at the North or South poll. It is not a bug. It is supposed to keep the phone from freezing and it sounds like it would work perfectly.

    2. Received this message on the Z1S doing 1080p as well. Was fine in the sink though :p

  4. Considering that the message likely shows up when the chip hits 115C,, water might be too little 😛

    1. But might give a good reason to order extra ice with your drink :-p

      Though, a slushie would probably be the most ideal… maybe throw in a good dose of salt to speed up the process… Not sure how that would effect the case in the long run but it’s a option…

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