[Update] GSM Samsung Galaxy S III is Too Hot to Handle; Literally Catches Fire

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  1. dgstorm

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    No, this isn't one of those fun but cringeworthy stories where you see some crazy blogger with too much money doing crazy things with his device like dropping it from a building or cooking it on a grill. Apparently, for one owner of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, his device became hotter than the presales figures, quite literally. Supposedly, and there are several pics that seem to corroborate this, a gentlemen in Dublin had his SGS3 explode and burst into flames while it was sitting in his car dock with the charger not plugged in.

    Of course he immediately took it back to Carphone Warehouse where he purchased it, and they took it from him to send to Samsung for investigation, but they let him leave empty-handed. Apparently, they must suspect that he did something hinky with it to get it to do that, but they want to let Samsung investigate it to be sure. Since the incident, Samsung has issued a statement,

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    What do you guys think? Is this a hoax or just some rare and random event? Let's keep our fingers crossed that it is an isolated and one-time incident regardless.



    UPDATE: According to Endgadget via Samsung Tomorrow it appears that it was not an issue with the device itself, but something externally caused the fire. The article states:


    Source: S3Forums via PhoneArena
     
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    No matter how much quality control you have, there can always be one defective unit here and there. I bet it was the battery. It has happened to Apple too and no matter how much I hate Apple, life happens. In these cases I think the company should take very good care of the customer affected with of course a new phone and maybe a few extras with the phone and of course and most important, an apology. Unless the person had property damage because it beyond the phone or personal injury, a lawsuit shouldn't happen.
     
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    ^^. Agreed.
     
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    Crazy. Electronics can be scary things sometimes.

    I almost had a similar situation with my Macbook Pro a couple of years ago. It was about two years old at the time, and the battery started warping. The laptop wouldn't sit flat on the surface of a desk. I was also infrequently giving me little shocks on occasion when I'd use the trackpad. I called Apple and they, very sternly, told me to save whatever I had open, immediately shut down the laptop, and remove the battery as soon as it was cool enough to touch. Then they sent me a special box to pack the laptop and the battery separately.

    Needless to say, I got my computer back three days later with a brand new battery.
     
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    Apply fanboy trying to head off the soon to be number one selling smartphone handset. I wouldn't put it past those people to pull a stunt like this.
     
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    I love the internet; companies have a much harder time sweeping stuff under the rug or flat out denying something is wrong with their product. I imagine Samsung being a reputable company would probably handle this the same way regardless of its virality. But I remember when laptops were doing this and that company covered their own eyes and tried to deny there was a defect.

    It's a shame the store couldn't have given the guy a "loaner" phone while he waited for the results of the investigation.
     
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    I've left my DX in my car before not plugged in and came back to find my phone shut itself off because it got too hot. I never leave my phone in my car anymore. This doesn't surprise me one bit.
     
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    Looking at the ifixit.com teardown (Samsung Galaxy S III Teardown - iFixit) it's hard to even imagine what might have caught fire in that area, especially considering it wasn't plugged in.

    Obviously, I can see parts in that general area, but since they aren't significant enough to mention in the teardown, there's no way of knowing what they are exactly. Capacitors? Voltage regulators maybe?
     
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    Jeez. Just think if this thing was in his pocket(Assuming this to be true). He better get reimbursed.

    This doesn't mean all devices will explode.. for all we know, this is the one bad Samsung phone in the world at the moment.
     
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    That blue is ugly. The phone probably self-destructed when it saw itself.
     
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    Check out this video to see what is near the location of the blow out. Doesn't seem to be much in the area, except the microphone and charging port. I think the user was maybe using an after market charger with different from the suggested amp and voltage. IMHO

    Around 6:30 he pulls the main board out and you get a good look at it.
    http://youtu.be/eo93EF7rVIw



     
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