Motorola is gearing up to release the fourth-generation Moto X 2016 smartphone. Rumors have it that the upcoming device will feature a fingerprint sensor, in addition to embedding a heat pipe to avoid over-heating problems faced by the previous-generation Qualcomm processor.

According to the latest report from China, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset will power the Moto X 2016, similar to other flagships earmarked for next year. However, there is no credible information available to ascertain if the new chipset will face the same over-heating problems encountered by the predecessor Snapdragon 810. To be cautious, Motorola has apparently introduced a heat pipe so as to cool down the processor on board.

But then, the heat pipes are not new to the smartphone arena. For instance, Phone Arena said that the devices released later in 2015 like the OnePlus 2, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and Xiaomi Mi Note Pro employ heat pipes to keep the Snapdragon 810 SoC’s temperature in check.

Similar to the upcoming Moto X, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will apparently feature a heat pipe. The S7 is believed to come powered by Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chipsets. The Qualcomm silicon powered batch of S7 will reportedly be headed to the U.S. and China, while the rest of the world gets to see the Exynos SoC.

Qualcomm has already assured that the new S820 does not have over-heating problems. The company apparently uses its own Kryo cores to tackle this issue. On the other hand, the credible tipster@Ricciolo1 has tweeted saying the fourth-generation Moto X 2016 will come equipped with a fingerprint scanner.

As far as the Moto X 2016 release date goes, the device will reportedly hit the store shelves in the second quarter of 2016. As always, readers are advised to take the reported Moto X 2016 specs and release date with the proverbial pinch of salt as Motorola has not confirmed any information so far.

Here is the tweet by @Ricciolo1 confirming the fingerprint scanner:

Here are the alleged internals of the Moto X 2016 showing the heat pipe:

Moto X 2016 internals Alleged image of the Moto X 2016 showing the housed heat pipe. Photo: TechWeb China