Sony just launched its latest Xperia-series smartphones, and from the Z5 Compact to the Z5 Premium, they’re all running Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoCs. The choice of the 810 is sensible enough – it’s one of the top performers out there on the market right now – but Sony’s struggled with the chip in the past, notably on the Xperia Z4/Z3+. When we saw those models arrive just a few months back, they were followed by reports of problematic overheating, rendering the phone unusable in certain situations – and shooting with the phone’s camera found itself near the top of that list. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that the Z5 family will repeat that performance, as an early look suggests Sony’s managed to keep any thermal issues in check.
During a lengthy test session recording 4K video, the Xperia Z5 reportedly grows quite warm, but not nearly to the extent the Z3+ did, requiring a post-shooting cool-down period. So while the chip absolutely gives off heat, as any high-performance processor is going to do, it’s not doing so to the extent where it should pose a problem, and that’s the bit that will be most important to shoppers.
The first half of 2015 seemed peppered with smartphone launches that didn’t put the Snapdragon 810 in the best light. With more new arrivals like the Z5, is it finally time to put the 810’s checkered past behind us?