Samsung Galaxy Note Overheating, how hot is too hot?

Galaxy Note Overheating
I can’t express how much I like the Galaxy Note, it is the best smartphone I have ever had and millions of people agree with me. I have run it through many benchmarks and results are outstanding, it is one of the most powerful smartphones in the market while it still delivers reasonable battery life.

High performance comes with overheating issues. My Samsung Galaxy Note overheats, not the Apple style, when phone just turns off without warning whet it overheats but the Galaxy Note runs noticeably hot.  This issue occurs only on heavy usage for longer than half an hour.

The Galaxy Note does not overheat while browsing web, making phone calls, texting and in other daily tasks but it becomes noticeably hot when it is under heavy graphic load, like playing games and watching videos.

The Galaxy Note overheating is noticeable around the camera area where its Exynos dual-core processor is hidden. It’s not like the Galaxy Note starts to melt from it but you can feel heat. I did some further research about its Exynos processor and found that it is based on the OMAP4 Cortex A9 platform. This platform and its modifications are widely used on today’s smartphones.

The OMAP4 Cortex A9 platform specification shows that its operating temperature is 40° to 85° C (104° to 185° F). Then why the Galaxy Note overheats but other phones do not? It is very thin so you are holding your hands very close to processor and you feel heat.

There is nothing you can do about the Galaxy Note overheating and you have to live with it. If you don’t use it for gaming or videos you won’t notice heat. If your Galaxy Note gets warm while you are using it only few minutes without pushing it to limits then it could be some other issue with your device.

Maybe it has foully hardware or there is too many apps running in background that can cause overheating. Some people reports that the Galaxy Note becomes slow without any reason but wrote tutorial how to solve this issue.

Conclusion

As long as you can’t fry eggs on the Galaxy Note, it doesn’t melt, and you can still hold it in your hands its absolutely normal. So it’s not a big deal and there is no fix for it unless you want to stop playing games and watching videos.

Samsung Galaxy Note Overheating

Does your Galaxy Note overheats or feels warm while you are playing graphic demanding games and how you deal with this issue?

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15 Responses to Samsung Galaxy Note Overheating, how hot is too hot?

  1. Vikram June 12, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    Totally agreed i have the same issue

  2. Corwyn Chan July 4, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Yes, I have exactly the same problem. The heat is hot enough that I cannot use the phone after a 20 – 30 minute telephone conversation. ALSO MY DAMN EXTERNAL SPEAKER STOPPED WORKING and even though I know it’s a hardware problem I can’t get it to work again so I live with absolutely NO RINGER whatsoever.

    • James July 4, 2012 at 7:15 am #

      If your Galaxy Note were not exposed to water and you haven’t dropped your phone most likely Samsung will fix it for free. Don’t hesitate to contact them as your phone is only few months old and still under warranty.

  3. pb July 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Just got one and it is amazingly warm. Enough that it burned my ear when on the phone. Didn’t use it for videos or gaming, just phone call and texting and some emails. Also when holding it the buttons on the side are easily hit.

  4. AK August 3, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    I don’t even use the phone and just leave it at the side. When I answer call the ear felt scalded. Fully charge in the morning, after after 1.5 hours the batt left 38%

    • Fivian September 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      I have a same case with u ! It was more then three time just 1or 2 hours batt left then 40%

  5. khamis b August 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    im having the same problem but i noticed it gets heated when the voice command is running

  6. Vikash August 19, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    i have updated the android version to 4.0.4, i have run facebook for 15 mins in Galaxy note & the area near camera got extreme HOT..
    whats wrong with galaxy note

    • Kassim August 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Vikash,

      You got any solution please share with me also, i am also having the same problem… what i found is that when i switch on internet mode/wife the problem comes very fast it get heat and sudden battery low.

  7. Alpha Scorpii September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    just half hour ago the facebook app was hang for 15 minutes and i feel so hot that i can’t hold the area around the camera for more than 1 second! only then i checked task manager and discover a facebook process is using 50% CPU (i guess that’s 1 core)…. was quite dangerous if the hang up task is not automatically killed… i’m sure i can fry an egg with this kind of heat.

  8. Alpha Scorpii September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    just half hour ago the facebook app was hang for 15 minutes and i feel so hot that i can’t hold the area around the camera for more than 1 second! only then i checked task manager and discover a facebook process is using 50% CPU (i guess that’s 1 core)…. was quite dangerous if the hang up task is not automatically killed… i’m sure i can fry an egg with this kind of heat.

  9. Alpha Scorpii September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    just half hour ago the facebook app was hang for 15 minutes and i feel so hot that i can’t hold the area around the camera for more than 1 second! only then i checked task manager and discover a facebook process is using 50% CPU (i guess that’s 1 core)…. was quite dangerous if the hang up task is not automatically killed… i’m sure i can fry an egg with this kind of heat.

  10. TiagoTiago September 8, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    I actually first noticed the heat on the screen, i think i was browsing the web, and while swiping to scroll i noticed the temperature difference across the screen. I might have been playing games before that though.

    I don’t really have a solution, i just lock the screen and put it away for a while when the heat starts to worry me…

  11. Ke Hua September 20, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    My samsung note get very hot with quick droping power of the battery. After search on the web, I think it is the ,unwanted, nature of the phone. My slution is to power it off and restart it. It is almost the same as reseting the phone.

    Conclusion: I can not accept the advice that users have to live with it. Samsung should find a better why to help the user who pay handsome money for the phone. I regret that I did not choice HTC one X.

  12. Anthony December 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    i have never had this issue with my samsung galaxy note 1. i have dropped it a few times but no issues. i am happy.

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