Samsung’s all-new the Galaxy S3 may have a teeny-weeny problem, amid reports that the handset can spontaneously self-combust during transit.
Turns out, at least one unit of the international HSPA+ version of the handset has ‘sparked into white flames’, followed by small ‘bang’, resulting in some serious meltage near the bottom of the handset.
This reportedly occurred while the device was placed in an in-car holster (not a charger, as confirmed by the owner).
Although it may well be a case of a faulty unit, what’s just as plausible is that heat generated by the phone became trapped inside the mount. This then likely caused the plastic to melt and consequently generated said white flame, which is probably explained by the fact it’s the ‘marble white’ edition of the phone we're dealing with here.
Of course, high-end kits imploding inexplicably are not a new phenomenon. Previously, Apple’s iPhone 4 committed hari-kiri inside an airplane, while Sammy’s own Galaxy S2 caught fire in a man’s pants.
Samsung has already released a statement acknowledging the problem and said it is looking into what may have caused it.
The phone-maker posted in its official blog: “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”
The malfunction taints an otherwise faultless launch for the Korean giant’s flagship smartie for 2012, which was unveiled last month to much fanfare in an Apple-style show-and-tell.
Although figures have yet to be released, the handset looks on course to surpass the 20 million-plus sales of its predecessor, the S2. Not least because the S3 had racked up an impressive nine million pre-orders before even hitting store shelves.
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