Pixel 3 units reported to shut down during use due to overheating
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The latest generation of the Pixel line of smartphones has been linked with some controversy. Some users have claimed that their Pixel 3 phones have not been saving photos properly. Besides this, at least one reviewer has asserted that the devices have a RAM management problem. For phones with 4GB of RAM (which is on the low side for Android flagships these days), this is a serious problem, not the least for those representing the original makers of the OS they run.
New reports from Reddit, the Pixel User forums and YouTube now allege that the Pixel 3s belonging to the users in question overheat to such a degree that the devices switch off automatically. According to a message seen popping up on some of these phones, this is a safety measure designed to protect the phones from potentially harmful levels of heat in the course of "resource-intensive" tasks.
Some, but not all, of these complaints assert that the phones exhibit this overheating while charging. In nearly all of the cases, wireless charging was involved. This may be why Google has stated that only its own Pixel Stand wireless charger should be used with the phone. However, this is not an adequate solution to the problem. At the time of writing, the company is yet to respond to this additional problem with its newest smartphones.