We were quite impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, back when we reviewed it, due to its thin and sleek design, solid battery life, and stunning 2560 x 1600 high resolution AMOLED display. Unfortunately though, it looks like Samsung might not have struck the perfect hardware balance with the Galaxy Tab S, as the tablet is reportedly suffering from overheating issues.
Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru is reporting that the Galaxy Tab S’ Exynos 5420 processor, which also powers the Galaxy Note 3, is heating up quite substantially during heavy load. Whilst warm temperatures aren’t completely unusual for mobile devices, the Tab S is heating up so much that it is deforming the back cover of the tablet.
The higher resolution display is likely putting a lot more stress on the Mali-T628 GPU than lower resolution devices would, which could be responsible for the additional heat. Combined with a choice of back cover materials that don’t appear to respond to well to high temperatures, and you are left with a bit of a cosmetic disaster.
You can see a few photos of the warping on the 8.4 inch version of the Galaxy Tab S below. The bumps are not overly noticeable, but the look, and importantly feel, of the tablet has clearly been altered by the heat.
Samsung has not yet responded to the complaint, so we will be sure to keep our eye out for an official statement. It is unclear, at this point, how widespread the issue is, so if you have noticed overly high levels of heat or a similar back cover issue yourself, please let us know in the comments below.