Sony’s latest smartphone accessory is pretty cool

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

The purpose of these types of accessories, which have also been produced by Asus and Razer, is to keep a phone’s processor running at higher speeds for longer, preventing the kinds of high temperatures that can cause throttling. performs. Asus offers the AeroActive Cooler for its line of gaming-focused ROG phones, while Razer recently launched an RGB cooling fan designed to attach to your smartphone of choice.

The four ports located under the accessory.
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Cold air in, hot air out.
Image: Sony

Sony’s cooler plugs into the Xperia 1 IV via USB and offers four additional ports on its underside. There’s a USB-C port for charging, an Ethernet port for wired internet, a 3.5mm jack for connecting a gaming headset, and an HDMI port for outputting game footage to a capture card. Fan speed can be controlled automatically by Sony’s software, or you can manually adjust its RPM.

Besides selling the Xperia Stream on its own, Sony is also selling it in a bundle named Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition for 189,200 yen (about $1,330). The version of the phone sold in this bundle has 16GB of RAM, compared to 12GB of RAM in the base Xperia 1 IV model. It is not known when or if the cooling fan or the Gaming Edition smartphone will be released in Europe or North America.

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