Samsung is reportedly considering the addition of a liquid based system for keeping its next flagship phone cool, according to rumours reported by Slashgear.
As phones get more powerful they produce more heat, even with advances in processor efficiency. And so while it may be impractical to add fans to them, as is the solution on PCs and laptops, the use of liquid to help this dissipate could well work in a compact form factor. Microsoft has already done similar in the past with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL phones.
However industry insiders suggest that Samsung has come up with a liquid cooling system that is just 0.6 millimetres thick, enabling it to sit snugly under the skin of the new Galaxy S7 and prevent it from getting too hot.
Lower temperatures also mean that processors can be worked harder, so this might help Samsung to achieve the desired performance with the Galaxy S7, without putting the components at risk of a meltdown.
Of course, there are a lot of challenges involved in installing liquid cooling onboard a mobile device. Not only is there the thickness of the system to take into account, but also the issues that might arise in the event of physical damage being done to the phone.