OnePlus One doesn't settle – explodes instead

OnePlus One doesn't settle – explodes instead
OnePlus just can't catch a break. From the constant ridicule of its invite system, to the merciless bashing of its badly thought-out contests – the company only has its actual product – the OnePlus One – to be proud of.

Now, OnePlus has become quite liberal with its invites and getting a One nowadays is not as hard as it was around launch. Of course, having the handset supplied to more and more people will increase the statistical chance of lemons with weird problems to pop up – such as the yellow line that some owners complained about a while back. However, a yellowish hue that comes and goes is one thing, having your phone explode while in your pocket is another.

And that's just what happened to OnePlus forum member MiYzu. Apparently, his One's battery refused to settle and decided to catch fire for seemingly no reason, while MiYzu was walking around a subway, somewhere in France, with his brother. Luckily, he felt the heat in time and managed to get the device out of his pocket and onto the ground, sustaining only minor injuries to his leg. His brother had his iPhone 4 in hand and captured the death of the OnePlus One in a few photos.

Causes are unclear, although the same user did have complaints about his charger being unusually hot while charging the phone. To that complaint, OnePlus support replied that it's normal for the charger to become warmer, though he should contact them again if it's getting extremely hot (apparently, this response is confusing enough for one to start wondering – how hot does a charger have to get in order to be considered extremely hot?). The device itself is less than 2 months old and MiYzu says that it wasn't at full charge, nor has it been heavily used, prior to the incident.

Carl Pei, director of OnePlus Global, has chimed in, saying that the manufacturer has dispatched staff to physically visit MiYzu and retrieve his spontaneously combusted flagship killer, as well as examine the circumstances surrounding the incident. Furthermore, he promised that MiYzu will receive a new phone and reimbursement for the damage of his jeans, phone case, and for the medical bill.

Related phones

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Dispatched a team, or sent a fed-ex box? I guess he'll have to get another invite for that too. Good thing it was at a subway station an not burning through the bottom of a large airliner. Lithium is fun.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

LOL... OneMinus One. Battery is LiPo which also NEVER SETTLED inside. OnePlus Support: Invitation needed to complaint about this issue. Well jokes apart, it's good that he had only minor injuries.

20. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

what An ugly Camera that was used.

28. androidrocks

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

What do you expect? Do you carry a DSLR every time you go out?

48. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Or when your good 13 megapixel top-level Sony Exmore camera explodes lol

55. p1natic

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2012

what a stupid comment.

32. andonia2

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

I kinda like the fact that they were sooo quick to respond.. and the fact that the company is giving him compensation in full is actually a good thing to see... looks like Oneplus is trying to gain the loyalty of the few customers it has.

41. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

OnePlus is very worried that once the word is out that their phone is basically a suicide bomber device, no one will send them sexy pics for an "invite".

53. bataxstar unregistered

One of the workers at OnePlus is from France and he will be traveling to France this week to investigate on the matter. OnePlus is a great startup company and I don't agree PA always writes articles starting with bad things about them. I guess it's because they weren't one of the first who got a device to check out and test.

59. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Dispatched a team, or sent a fed-ex box?" Even though the OnePlus failed to fully cremate itself, I think OnePlus sent an urn for the remains.

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

hahaha....great article title ..

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe flagship killer means that it explodes while other phones are near it. Clever, O+

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Never settle! !! B U R N!!!!

4. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yep.thats d reason i prefer removable battery over non removable.

6. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Yes, because that would have kept it from exploding!?!?

7. aranauser

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

no.because one can always have a look into the battery if something is not right.phew!

19. Miraries

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

You can "see" the battery in this device too, you can't remove it though...

30. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

No it wouldn't. But, being able to remove it to inspect it on a regular basis can be the ultimate preventive maintenance to help eliminate this problem. The victim has stated a previous problem. The charger is only one element of issue. The charger can overheat due to a battery having a short. This affects the load placed on the charger curcuit. I will only keep preaching the importance of having removable batteries because of the fickle operation of the weakest link in a powerful device such as a smartphone. John B.

31. 7Superman9

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

So with that reasoning, no current Samsung phone should have ever exploded right? While I'm not against removable batteries, having one only guarantees that you have a easy access to swap out and replace them.

34. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I never sad it doesn't happen to removable batteries. I say if you can remove it to inspect it, it reduces the possiblity of undetected battery failure. Most batteries swell before a noticeable issue becomes more prevalent. Sadly, people ignore the early symptoms that can lead to far worse issues. Being able to remove on your own battery is only a benefit for why you would need to in the event of more valid reasons. As a technician for 32 years, I'm having a hard time understanding why people do not view my logic as proactive helpful information to restore balance to consumer control. John B.

37. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

because one out of every million or two phones sold have faulty batteries like this. it is not really an issue. not to mention only a few phones out there truly have non removeable batts.

39. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

False. 40% of device issues are attributed to failing or failed batteries. The symptoms vary that many people would not think as battery related. Why do people make excuses for this? The basic battery technology for these devices is almost 30 years old. Because of this, removable batteries are better for the consumer. Non-removable is better for the manufacturers. Remember this simple logic. John B.

61. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Samsung phones explode. Agreed. But many people when feel something is wrong with the battery, they check it and replace it... so I guess there could have been more news about exploding phones if phones had non removable batteries. !

5. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

OnePlus One equals BOOM!

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'm sorry, but I haven't cared enough to really look into this: what's supposed to be so special about the OnePlus One that they have an invite system?

21. Miraries

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

It has the specs of a $700 device for $300... That's what's special about it, but I do think they could have gotten more phones ready before launching it, and not having to do with the invite system.

38. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The company likes to collect sexy pics of women. They trade "invites" for pics.

40. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Haha, no they don't. Really now. ....Really? They do that? No. No company would be so openly misogynistic. Would they?

42. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"On Tuesday, Chinese tech company OnePlus held a contest requesting that women send in photos of themselves in order to score an invite to purchase its wildly popular phone, the OnePlus One."

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh man. No. that. That is not okay. I just went from "not interested but mildly intrigued" to "I'd rather buy an iPhone."

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