Apple is said to introduce a smartphone that has a new cooling system. The company is expected to unveil a liquid-cooled iPhone by the end of this year. In addition, Apple will not be the only one to turn to this technology. Market leaders like Samsung and HTC may be also considering the option.
The news came from DigiTimes which cites insiders from a company for cooling modules. According to them, Apple, Samsung and HTC are interested in adopting liquid cooling on their mobile devices.
The reason for this is that today’s smartphone’s cooling systems are struggling to keep up with the various innovations which are being added. As a result, smart mobile phones are now more likely to heat up after a long period of playing mobile games, for example.
In addition, smartphones are expected to become literary hotter after 4G networks gain a wider coverage. This technology will require more power and that will heat up mobile devices quicker.
If you think that some extra heating will do no harm to your smart device, you are wrong. When a smartphone’s core is exposed too much to high temperatures, it becomes less energy efficient and its battery life gets greatly reduced. Given that the majority of smart mobile phones need to be charged more frequently than feature phones, for instance, users will certainly become dependable on things like electricity plugs and chargers.
But what can liquid cooling actually do? Well, liquid cooling systems can keep smartphones cool and make then more power efficient. As the name hints, these systems rely not on a fan but on liquid to maintain a normal temperature in the device. With fan-cooled mobile phones, the use of fan is powered by the processor. That is namely the reason for the big power consumption and the device’s heating.
Another great advantage of liquid-cooling systems is that they are not as bulky as those that are based on fans. Therefore, we can expect that the next generation of smartphones may be much thinner.
But what if the liquid leaks out? That will certainly damage the phone. To avoid that, technology companies which are planning to adopt the liquid cooling system will also need to figure out how to make their smart products more resistant to hitting and breaking.
The liquid cooling technology is already starting to enter the market. This week, a company named NEC introduced the first liquid-cooled smartphone in the world. Despite that, we are not that sure that Apple, Samsung and Co. will adopt this system as early as 2013. But maybe next year…