Things aren’t looking so good for this one particular Samsung Galaxy S III. While in a car holster, this particular Galaxy S III, which is a global HSPA+ version, went up in flames and suffered heat-related damages. According to boards.ie forum member dillo2k10, he was driving with his Galaxy S III in its car mount when “suddenly a white flame, sparks, and a bang came out of the phone”.
The phone burned from the inside out, burning the plastic and melting the phone’s case. Despite the fire, the phone continued to work, albeit without any signal. The phone is currently being checked out, but unfortunately, the user is left without a phone since Carphone warehouse won’t replace it until they figure out what happened.
Samsung has learned of this exploding Galaxy S III, and just like every other Galaxy S III owners out there, they’re concerned, too. Via their Samsung Tomorrow blog, Samsung had this to say about the entire situation:
There have been recent online posts displaying pictures of a Samsung GALAXY SIII 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.
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 they investigate this quickly and find out what caused this. The last thing they need is for the phone to cause injuries to its users. What if the owner was on a call during the incident? Or what if the phone was in his pocket, or lying on its bed? There’s definitely cause for concern here, and we hope to hear soon from Samsung.