Samsung Galaxy S III explodes onto the scene, literally

Samsung Galaxy S III explodes onto the scene, literally
Its the kind of thing that could have happened to anyone. A guy is driving in a car with his brand new Samsung Galaxy S III safely snuggled into its car dock with the charger not plugged in. All of a sudden, he is startled by a flash of white smoke, sparks and a loud bang came from the device. Stopping the car to examine the phone, he found it had been burned at the bottom and had melted through the case. The guy brings the phone back to the Carphone Warehouse and was told that the phone would have to be sent in to Samsung. And that is how they left it, no replacement phone, no unit for this gentleman to use.

Samsung had apparently found out about the incident and issued a statement that said that the company is aware of the situation and is investigating. Meanwhile, the poor guy narrowly escapes serious damage to this face, his hands or his pocket and ends up with no phone for the moment while the investigation goes on. We knew that the Samsung Galaxy S III was hot, but hot enough to melt the phone?source: Boards.ie via DailyMobile


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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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91 Comments

1. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

What if there was a recall on all S3, and all the carrier release dates were pushed back? GASP

46. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Please Update the article. The user has already gotten a replacement phone. here:http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=79323848&postcount=32

83. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

Yeah, going by that comment it seems that this may be due to the heating system. It's like operating a laptop next to heater blowing hot air on it for a couple of hours. Something bad will happen. The problem with things like these are that news websites only want to tell a certain part of the story or won't bother to update an article once more information comes forward. Even look that the "tree octopus" case. It really shows how ignorant people are becoming and how you can't always trust what you read on the internet

88. Phullofphil

Posts: 1757; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Well I had my most all my phones at one time in blazing heat on my heater charging in my window area and never had that problem. I would guess it would have to be a short. Millions of phones and one ore two phones got past with faults is not unheard of. I believe it was not even plugged in to the electricity. Even if it was I would think a faulty wire touching another or basically shorting out is what that was. You can start a fire with a 9volt battery and some steel wool.

66. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's only one phone out of thousand phones. Doesn't make the SGS3 a bad phone or need a recall.

79. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

yeah. because one person is just one life put to danger out of billions of people. it doesn't make the danger alarming, and so it could be ignored.

2. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

what a fail... xD

3. Steviewy

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Oh great....watch they delay the release of the phone for the carriers who have yet to ship it out yet.

6. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

What you'd rather them ship you a phone that may explode in your face while making a call? IMO, while it's a pisser, it's actually better if they hold off shipping until they find out what the problem is. Also, I know it's not plugged, but who knows it maybe a faulty car dock.

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I knew the Galaxy S3 would be explosive :p

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

sad story. seems that nothing is perfect.

7. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Samsung you better patent explosive phone quick!! Or Apple will sue you for copying an explosive iPhone.

57. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Don't try to shift the attention to apple. Keep it on samsungs defective phone where it should b.

67. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

blame samsung for copying Apple yet again lol

84. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

See comment #57

82. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

85. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

#57: #7 is it shifting the attention to Apple, he/she is just telling the truth.

89. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See comment #57 lol. Good one sithman

8. RoundBallmer

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Samsuck Galaxy S III, Inspired By Terrorist, Designed for Detonation

91. OSUTIN

Posts: 23; Member since: May 28, 2012

I really hate this comment, and yet I couldn't help but get a good laugh out of it. Thank you for making my day and making me hate something temporarily.

9. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Probably the Galaxy Supernova version.

10. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

The owner was not using Samsung USB charger. I have 3 Samsung devices it never burn like that.

30. 9_2_5

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

the article specifially says "WITH THE CHARGER NOT PLUGGED IN"...someone here is illiterate

47. MEeee

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If your phone got blown up, are you stupid enough to tell them that the $1 China made charger was plugged in?

58. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

He wasn't using a charger dummy

11. wendygarett unregistered

I have overheat problem on my oneX too... Fortunately I received an update from HTC otherwise I will suffer this fate :( Never buy a tegra chip phone again...

17. wendygarett unregistered

Btw, is it me or this device has highly overrated just like iphone4s... Oh well... It really just me...

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

samsung galaxy s3- designed for suicide bombers

13. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

That's not overheat problem or battery problem. It can work well without any signal.

14. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

al-qaeda seriously needs to buy an s3 for every member.

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