Samsung’s Galaxy S III is a hot device. It is the most expected Android smartphone of the year, and millions of enthusiasts already jumped the gun on it.
However, it appears that the device might be too hot for its own good, and we don’t mean that figuratively.
One Galaxy S III
unit reportedly malfunctioned while in an in-car holster, which resulted in the device being damaged, most probably permanently.
The user who witnessed this says
that some of the phone’s internals melted, and that they caused burns over the lower part of the device.
It was a global HSPA+ flavor of Galaxy S III, which reportedly sparked into flames, and went down with a bang.
While the phone’s screen continued working, the user claims that there was no reception, and that the device itself suffered a lot of damage along the base.
Clearly, this is not the first time that we learn of exploding handsets, though it does come as a surprise that it happened to Samsung’s latest flagship, and that it occurred so soon after its official release.
Apparently, Samsung was already made aware of the issue, and it is currently investigating to learn what caused the unfortunate accident.
“There have been recent online posts displaying pictures of a Samsung GALAXY S III
that appears to have heat-related damage at the bottom of the device. Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question,” the company said.
“Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on the situation. We are committed to providing our customers with the safest products possible and are looking at this seriously.”
Hopefully, this proves to be only an isolated event, otherwise Samsung’s image would be hurt, and sales of its flagship Galaxy S III might drop a bit.