"Don't worry if your smartphone gets hot," says Qualcomm spokesman

"Don't worry if your smartphone gets hot," says Qualcomm spokesman

Smartphones are more powerful than ever, and with more features they also see higher power consumption. This usually translates into warmer smartphones and the need for manufacturers to develop technologies that better dissipate the heat from devices. In contact with Qualcomm, maker of the most popular series of smartphone processors: Snapdragon, we are told that there is no need for concern if your smartphone gets hot. To be?

The processors of smartphones are designed to warm up. If you feel your smartphone is warming up in your hand, such as when playing a game or watching an HD video, this is not something to worry about.

Qualcomm says that the processing power of today's phones is equivalent to a portable computer, but in a much smaller box. In addition, smartphones do not have cooling fans like most PCs, and this poses a number of challenges for the company team when it comes to keeping a smartphone's operating temperatures stable.

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Snapdragon 820 has high performance yet efficiently controls temperature rise / Qualcomm

"Snapdragon processors are complex systems made up of a variety of components such as CPU, GPU, DSP, camera technology, radio, modem, etc.," said spokesman Qualcomm. "We designed processors to stay cool using the most efficient components possible, with the highest power capacity allowed compared to the design of a single-chip (SoC) design."

So I can say that being able to keep a smartphone's hardware cool without causing users discomfort is a major challenge for Qualcomm, as well as any other manufacturer that takes the users experience into consideration.

You may recall that Qualcomm had issues regarding the Snapdragon 810 processor overheating, which was used in many 2015 flagships. Several of these smartphones had problems with overheating and ended up negatively affecting their performance to keep them cool. nice. As with the case of the Xperia Z3 + that closed the camera app in less than 10 seconds after using some more demanding modes, remember:

In 2016, the Snapdragon 820, on the other hand, did not present the same problem. But what has changed in the way Qualcomm developed this processor to prevent overheating?

"Advanced architectural processes of a SoC make it a globally balanced system to ensure the best heat distribution," Qualcomm spokesman told us. "Another great feature of a SoC to manage power consumption includes the use of a clock and a voltage scale, optimized architectures to implement the best possible data flow associated with various applications and the use of heterogeneous computing to deliver the best features for using the device. "

Qualcomm Tips for Keeping Your Smartphone Cool

In addition to the measures the company takes to offer users the best possible smartphone experience, you can also cooperate in this process. Check out some tips from the Qualcomm team to make this task a little easier:

  • Leave the appliance in a well-ventilated place with drafts whenever possible;
  • Do not let the device toast in the sun, especially the back;
  • Do not cover the device when streaming video on TV or playing a game with advanced graphics;
  • Snapdragon processors control heat by managing the temperature of the device's internal components, and trigger control mechanisms if there is a significant temperature rise in parameters such as frame rates, load rates and screen brightness;
  • Keep in mind that many major applications today involve the use of multiple processors running concurrently, but even when this happens, the design of the SoC will be able to manage heat so there is no concern for the user.

Has your smartphone ever had an episode where it overheated? What did you do to cool it?

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