Another Samsung smartphone bursts into flames in Indonesia
Samsung has gone through a lot to shed the image it received with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. To bring the lost impression back it had to bring the ‘Infinity Display’ on board with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and even a dual rear camera with a Galaxy Note 8. But it looks like that the South Korean firm is facing its worst nightmare, once again.
Another Samsung smartphone ‘exploded’ a few days ago. As mentioned by Chanel News Asia, the smartphone in question was the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, a model that came out back in 2013. The incident reportedly took place in Indonesia and was captured in a CCTV footage, which made its way to YouTube, courtesy user Rista Casmiaa. The video can be seen above.
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Samsung is already aware of the incident but will not likely do anything in this matter as it says the Galaxy Grand Duos model had a third-party battery not made by the South Korean tech firm, says CNET. “From a thorough investigation, we have found that the battery used in the device was not manufactured by Samsung or a company authorised by Samsung,” said the company spokesperson. “We sincerely wish for our customer’s swift recovery, and strongly recommend all our consumers to use Samsung’s genuine or approved batteries that have been specifically designed for use in Samsung products,” said the firm.
As seen in the video, the smartphone went up in flames while it was kept in the user’s shirt pocket. The device burst into bright blue flames, reacting to which the user fell on the ground and took off his shirt hurriedly. The incident happened in Hotel Ciputra Semarang where he worked. It is said that the smartphone caught fire as it was using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS all at once.
Samsung is not the only one facing heat this month for smartphone batteries, Apple too has come in the news a couple of times for its bulging batteries in the iPhone 8 Plus.