Phone Heat Pipes: Sign of Progress, or Contingency?

Phone Heat Pipes: Sign of Progress, or Contingency?

By now we’ve all heard about the S7’s heat pipe, which had raised concerns of a return to the Snapdragon 810 woes. The 810 was also accompanied by similar cooling solutions in the Z5 and through the Lumia 950XL’s so-called “liquid-cooling”, which was not really liquid-cooling at all. Now that we’ve seen what the S7’s heat pipe looks like, and that it’s certainly not liquid-cooling either, we ask you:

Do you think the presence of heat pipes is a sign of progress targeting better performance and thermals, or a contingency measure to ensure that hot chips don’t go overboard?

Feature image made possible thanks to JerryRigEverything’s awesome S7 Edge teardown!

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Mario Tomás Serrafero
Mario Tomás Serrafero

Mario developed his love for technology in Argentina, where a flagship smartphone costs a few months of salary. Forced to maximize whatever device he could get, he came to know and love XDA. Quantifying smartphone metrics and creating benchmarks are his favorite hobbies. Mario holds a Bachelor's in Mathematics and currently spends most of his time classifying cat and dog pictures as a Data Science graduate student.