Google’s Pixel 5a seems to easily overheat when recording video
The recently released Google Pixel 5a seems to easily overheat when recording video, according to reports from reviewers. It appears that after a short period of recording (particularly at 4K 60 FPS), the phone will stop recording as it’s beginning to overheat. We noticed this issue in our Google Pixel 5a review, and we also tested and compared the phone against a number of other devices in order to find out if this problem is unique to the Pixel 5a.
Yup. Tested it myself on my Pixel 5a, 70 degrees inside in the A/C and on 4K @ 60 FPS it just takes a matter of minutes to overheat. This is terrible… pic.twitter.com/Pde8GcL6KU
— TechOdyssey | #TechRejects (@AdamJMatlock) August 18, 2021
The Google Pixel 5a’s overheating problem (via Android Police) seems like a pretty glaring issue to ship a phone with. In our testing, we found that video recording on the Pixel 5a was forcefully stopped by the OS after 9 minutes and 32 seconds when recording at 4K 60 FPS. TechOdyssey notes in a follow-up tweet that he has also faced overheating problems when recording at 4K 30 FPS and at 1080p 30 FPS.
We tested the following devices when recording at 4K 60 FPS at roughly 70°F room temperature (21°C), to see whether or not this is a problem unique to the Google Pixel 5a.
- ZenFone 8 (18 min warning, 27 min forced stop)
- Realme GT (stopped at 1:04 manually, no warning or forced stop)
- Huawei P40 Pro (stopped at 1 hour manually, no warning or forced stop)
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro (stopped at 1 hour manually, no warning or forced stop)
- Google Pixel 5a (9 minutes and 32 seconds in, recording was forcefully stopped by OS)
- Google Pixel 5 (stopped at 1 hour manually, no warning or forced stop)
We also tested the following devices at 4K 30FPS in the same conditions:
- Google Pixel 4 (stopped at 1 hour manually, no warning or forced stop)
- LG Velvet (stopped at 58 minutes manually, no warning or forced stop)
As you can see above, most devices handled recording for long periods of time at 4K 30/60 FPS perfectly fine. The Google Pixel 5a, on the other hand, stopped recording fairly quickly. Even the Google Pixel 5 with the same chipset was perfectly fine, though the ZenFone 8 struggled at the roughly half-hour mark.
70°F is not exactly a high ambient temperature, and might even be an average temperature in a lot of places in the U.S. TechOdyssey notes that his problems were faced indoors while recording with an AC on in order to regulate temperature, and all of our testing was indoors, too. It’s possible that Google will release a statement (or even a software update in the future to try and fix this problem), and we’ll be sure to report back if the company does so.