HTC EVO 3D overheating problems spark consumer fears

By Alan Ng - Jul 6, 2011

We have a word of caution for those of you planning to pick up the impressive HTC EVO 3D handset on Sprint, as it has been reported that the device is suffering from a bout of overheating issues.

The device has only just been released on Sprint, but it has been revealed that HTC may have a huge problem on their hands if it turns out the device is prone to overheating. According to an article published over at Phandroid, users have been complaining about their EVO 3D overheating when connecting the device to the official USB charging dock.

Furthermore, some users have even reported on the device overheating when simply placing the device in pockets. At the moment, we’re unsure how widespread this problem is at the moment, but based on user feedback we’ve read it seems to be affecting quite a lot of you.

If there is a genuine problem with the device, then HTC will need to determine if this issue is hardware or software related. If it is hardware, then obviously it becomes a much bigger problem at hand, because it’s not something that can be fixed with a simple patch update.

The HTC EVO 3D packs some mighty hardware specs such as a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, dual 3D cameras, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and 1GB of RAM amongst other things. We really hope it’s not the case where the amount of hardware is having an effect on the battery life and components inside, as that would become a real stumbling block for HTC and Sprint as consumers change their minds about picking up an EVO 3D.

If it is confirmed that the device is prone to overheating, then not only is it a serious problem in relation to killing battery life on the device, but it’s also a fire hazard more importantly, especially if it gets hot easily when resting inside a pocket. Hopefully HTC or Sprint will comment on this officially so it can put users minds to ease.

Once we hear back from either company, we’ll be sure to let you know what they say. If you are in possession of a HTC EVO 3D and have experienced these problems or know somebody else that has, let us know how frequently it occurs for you. The good news is that Sprint is apparently aware of the issue, so we have a feeling that an announcement is incoming by the end of the week.

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