Sony’s Latest Smartphone Accessory is Pretty Cool

Sony has launched a smartphone cooling fan accessory designed to lower the temperature of the Xperia 1 IV under intense gaming loads. The Xperia stream also offers a selection of additional ports in addition to working as a cooling accessory. It is now available for pre-order in Japan for 23,100 yen (about $162) with shipping expected October 14.

The purpose of these types of accessories, also produced by Asus and Razer, is to keep a phone’s processor running at higher speeds for longer, by avoiding the kind of high temperatures that can lead to performance degradation. Asus has the AeroActive Cooler for its gaming-focused ROG Phone lineup, while Razer recently released an RGB cooling fan designed to attach to any smartphone you choose.

The four ports on the bottom of the accessory.
The four ports on the bottom of the accessory.
Image: Sony
Cold air in, warm air out.
Cold air in, warm air out.
Image: Sony

The cooler from Sony connects to the Xperia 1 IV via USB and offers four additional ports on the bottom. There’s a USB-C port for charging, an Ethernet port for wired internet, a 3.5mm jack to plug in a gaming headset, and an HDMI port for outputting game footage to a capture player. Map. The fan speed can be controlled automatically by Sony’s software, or you can fine-tune the speed manually.

Sony not only sells the Xperia Stream itself, but also sells it in a bundle called Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition for 189,200 yen (about $1,330). The version of the phone sold in this bundle has 16 GB RAM, an increase from the 12 GB of RAM in the base Xperia 1 IV. It is unclear when or if the cooling fan or the Gaming Edition smartphone will be released in Europe or North America.
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