Samsung, LG to use thermal pipes in upcoming flagship smartphones this year

With US president-elect Donald Trump’s tech advisor, Peter Thiel recently confirming that the age of Apple along with smartphone is over, smartphone manufacturers indeed seem to be scrambling around to throw in everything, including the kitchen sink, into their smartphones this year.

And with multiple reports about Samsung, LG, Microsoft and more recently Nokia, looking at the folding smartphones with foldable displays in the current and coming years, it is clear that exotic tech would arrive on smartphones earlier than expected.

With that said, a report from Taiwan’s DigiTimes claims that both Samsung and LG will adopt thermal pipes in their upcoming smartphones this year to keep the heat levels down.

The publication citing supply chain makers claims that Samsung will incorporate two ultra-thin heat pipes to enhance heat dissipation, the mass shipments of which are expected to begin in February.

Samsung will source their thermal pipes from Taiwan-based Auras Technology and Chaun Choung Technology (CCI) while LG is getting its Japan-based Furukawa Electric and Taiwan-based Delta Electronics. LG  is reportedly looking to include the same in its upcoming LG G6 flagship which is expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in February this year.

The use of heat pipes in smartphones comes from the growing needs for more processing power. Microsoft’s earlier Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones officially introduced them last year with Continuum being a power hog, while others like Samsung have gradually begun to advertise them as hardware features as well.