Various concerns are creeping up about the HTC One M9 as the phone prepares for release, not least of all the suggestion that it gets hot enough – literally – to cook an egg.
But outspoken HTC Communications guy Jeff Gordon (who famously described the iPhone as “boring”) says we should disregard all these pre-release benchmarks; the phone ain’t even out yet.
The story kicked off yesterday when xda-developers ran with the headline: HTC M9 Benchmark Proves Snapdragon 810 Overheating, crediting – in turn – Dutch site tweakers.net.
According to the Dutchmen, the HTC One M9 gets notably hotter than the iPhone 6 Plus, One M8, LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, at an alarming 55.4 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature required to cook an egg is said to be 55 degrees Celsius.
Fingers were immediately pointed at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor (present in the One M9; absent from the rest of those phones), which is still – evidently – plagued by overheating rumours.
However, Gordon tweets: “PSA: One more time, all together now: HTC One M9 software isn't final yet, no matter how many pre-release benchmarks you run.”
In response to follower questions, he added: “Anyone who's publishing benchmarks right now is doing so illicitly,” and: “I don't know how or where they got a unit. Might be old hardware, old software. I don't know.”
Of course, if the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 really is at fault, there’s only so much HTC can do on the software side of things to counter that. There have been rumours, too, that Sony is struggling with heat dissipation on the 810-powered Xperia Z4 (ubergizmo).
If all that wasn’t cause enough for concern, Focus Taiwan reports that the HTC One M9 missed its domestic launch on account of unspecified software issues. Oh dear.