Processors found under the hood of today’s smartphones keep getting faster and faster. The problem with this is, the more clock speed results in more overheating issues, which is exactly what the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC (CPU on board smartphones such as the Sony XPERIA Z5 Premium) is suffering from. So what’s the solution? It looks like more manufacturers are making use of internal heat pipes to resolve this overheating issue, as an alleged Motorola Moto X 4th Gen prototype is shown making use of the feature.
Internal heat pipe on board Motorola Moto X 4th gen prototype?
The photo above, leaked on Chinese-speaking TechWeb, allegedly shows the internals of a Motorola Moto X 4th Gen prototype, sporting a heat pipe.
The Motorola Moto X 4th Gen is not expected to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, but the new Snapdragon 820 SoC. If the photo really does show a Moto X 4th Gen prototype, this could only mean one thing – the Snapdragon 820 SoC also suffers from overheating issues. Until now, Qualcomm continues to deny that the Snapdragon 810 SoC suffers from overheating issues.
This is not the first time we’ve heard of heat pipes used to address overheating issues of the Snapdragon 820 SoC. Past reports claimed that Samsung has decided to make use of internal heat pipes for the version of the Galaxy S7 with the said CPU.
To recap, the Snapdragon 820 SoC is a quad-core processor that features Qualcomm’s new Kryo cores. It has made appearances on various benchmark tests, scoring impressively high.
Going back to the Motorola Moto X 4th Gen, insiders within Motorola’s supply chain claim that the device will not be launched until the second quarter of 2016 (April to June). This means that Motorola still has a lot of time to address the Snapdragon 820 SoC’s alleged overheating issues. Going back to the effectiveness of heat pipes, it seems to do the trick as the Sony XPERIA Z5 Premium makes use of this feature to address the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810 SoC.
Other than featuring the Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood, not much is known about the Motorola Moto X 4th Gen at this point as the Lenovo-owned smartphone maker is currently busy selling the Moto X Force, Moto X Play, and Moto X Style.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.
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