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Smartphones in a sub-zero environment: Can your smart phone stand the cold?

Ossi Jääskeläinen | Feb. 2, 2012
Some smart phone manufacturers don't allow their devices to be used in cold weather while others guarantee smooth functioning even in -20 degrees Celsius (-3⁰ Fahrenheit).

In AMOLED displays the colors are produced with a layer covered in organic material, organic light emitting diodes. This lack of liquid crystals explains why AMOLED displays work better in the cold.

Manufacturer

Model

Warranty

Operating Temperature (1

Storage Temperature (1

Battery

Display panel

Touch screen

 

Apple

iPhone 4

1 year(s)

0--35⁰C, 32-95⁰F

-20--45⁰C, -4--113⁰F

Lithium polymer (3

LCD

capacitive

 

Apple

iPhone 4S

1 year(s)

0--35⁰C, 32-95⁰F

-20--45⁰C, -4--113⁰F

Lithium polymer (3

LCD

capacitive

 

Nokia

700

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

AMOLED

capacitive

 

Nokia

C1-01

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

LCD

ei

 

Nokia

C2-02

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

LCD

resistive

 

Nokia

C5-00

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

LCD

ei

 

Nokia

C5-03

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

LCD

resistive

 

Nokia

C6-01

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion

AMOLED

capacitive

 

Nokia

E7-00

2 year(s)

-10--55⁰C, 14--131⁰F (4

battery: 15--25⁰C, 59-77⁰F

Lithium ion (3

 

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