A Samsung Galaxy gaming phone with a cooling fan could be in the works

Almost all phones, especially high-end phones, are actually capable of handling mobile games, even graphics-intensive ones. Dedicated gaming phones, however, add special features aimed at making life easier for gamers. This includes keeping their phones from burning out from all that activity. Instead of just advanced cooling technologies, some gaming phones are going old school and actually placing fans inside the phone. As ridiculous as it sounds, Samsung may have taken notice and may implement its own phone fan in the future.

To be clear, it’s not a certainty yet, but Samsung has just reserved the marketing phrase for such a feature. Spotted by LetsGoDigital, Samsung has filed a trademark application in Europe for “Activate Fan Mode” which applies to phones and tablets. Given that none of Samsung’s current mobile devices have a fan to turn on, it makes sense that it would come in a future phone.

Enabling fan mode suggests that users will be able to turn the fan on or off in the future, unlike the “fanless mode” that Samsung implemented in the new Galaxy Book Pro laptop. While fanless mode tries to provide a quieter computing experience, fan-enable mode allows users to push their phone’s hardware to the limit without throttling the processor from heat.

Sure, Samsung’s phones don’t get excruciatingly hot while gaming, but they can also suffer from thermal throttling in that sense. This could be a particular problem when Samsung launches its rumored Exynos 2200 which will come with AMD graphics technology. Samsung will surely try to push such a phone as a gaming phone and will likely need additional cooling systems to compensate.

Of course, this is still only a guess based on a single trademark filing. Samsung is expected to focus on an Arm-based laptop first with the rumored Exynos 2200, but a phone could also be on the table. Whether it’s a dedicated gaming phone with a built-in fan is also a distinct possibility, but only a possibility nonetheless.

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