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Samsung investigating Galaxy S III explosion

updated 09:06 am EDT, Thu June 21, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III spontaneously combusts

A Samsung Galaxy S III has exploded according to its Irish owner. According to the @dillo2k10, he was driving with the S III in his car mount when 'a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone.' Although the screen continued to work after the meltdown, reception was lost. The hapless owner returned it to the Car Warehouse where it was sent away for further investigation by Samsung.

Following the appearance of the story, and its subsequent media coverage, Samsung quickly responded by issuing a statement on the event.

'There have been recent online posts displaying pictures of a Samsung Galaxy S III that appears to have heat-related damage at the bottom of the device,' reads the statement. 'Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question,' the company added.

'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.'

While this is the first report of a Galaxy S III meeting an untimely demise, it has come at an inopportune moment for the company, with its North American launch now in full swing. Electronista will keep readers posted on any new developments on the story.







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  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +10

    Wrenchy's phone?

    Was it in his back pocket when this happened?

  1. DaJoNel

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    Joined: Aug 2010

    +8

    Not all bad

    I think it looks better with those stylish burn marks.

  1. AlenShapiro

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    Joined: Apr 2000

    +4

    Oh Noes

    Galaxy-S-III-gate!

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +4

    Charger?

    Was he using some kind of in-car charger at the time? Dodgy versions are famous for blowing phones.

  1. Yokohama3021

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    +3

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    I guess that is what happens when you have such a hot product!

  1. aristotles

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    +4

    More bang for the buck?

    So will this now be touted as a "feature" by android fans?

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -2

    I didn't believe it.


    There were rumours floating around the net that Samsung was copying Apple, but this is ridiculous!

    Shamesung, STOP COPYING aPPLE!


  1. macgurunc

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    Joined: Feb 2011

    +1

    Talk about

    exploding on the scene with a new product.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +2

    re: I don't believe it.

    Yes, I heard their CEO has cancer.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -2

    puh-lease

    I'm sure the phone is owned by an Apple fanboy trying to drum up bad press against a hated rival. Heck, the way people here talk, the culprit is probably on MacNN's boards!

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