As company officials insisted all along, a pre-release software update did the trick, lowering surface temperature to essentially match rival devices.
Fret not about external fieriness, ye One M9 prospective buyers, as the Snapdragon 810 processor inside has been cooled right on time for the all-aluminum beaut’s commercial rollout. Sure, the 5 incher remains a second-rate Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge opponent as far as screen resolution, camera performance and, presumably, energy efficiency are concerned.
But at least it’s covered by a one-of-a-kind warranty policy for 12 whole months, and no longer heats up like a 16 year-old teenage boy on an all-female college campus. Yes, as it turns out, the apocalyptic scenarios, reports, hands-on previews and early benchmarks were much ado about nothing.
While initially gauged at a scorching 55.4° Celsius (131.7° Fahrenheit) in a banal speed test, the thermal reading of the M9 post-software fix stands at a nippy 41.7°C, aka 107°F. That’s still slightly warmer than how the previous-generation One M8, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 function in similar conditions, but it’s actually colder than the LG G3. And we don’t remember anyone making a fuss of not being able to hold the rear physical button-sporting 5.5 incher.
Besides, heat seems to be distributed very neatly around M9’s entire chassis, and that’s always a good thing, ensuring no particular area is prone to instantaneous combustion or extreme temperature-caused malfunctions.
There’s no reason to expect units shipped with anything other than this fully polished Lollipop build anywhere in the world, and even in Taiwan, the HTC One M9 is most definitely available powered by the stable OS out the box.
At the same time, it’s worth pointing out HTC basically reduced the clock frequencies and overall velocity of the S810 chip in certain benchmarks and various strenuous enterprises to better manage heat dispersion. So, if the Exynos 7420 was zippier before, chances are it’s now way out of Snapdragon’s league.