After a Samsung Galaxy SIII was left to charge overnight, it literally exploded. The incident took place in Kajaani, Finland, where a boy was sleeping beside his three year old handset which burst into flames spontaneously. Fortunately the boy wasn’t hurt in the process, however the burnt smartphone put a gaping hole in the sheets and mattress it was lying on.
Even though the the smartphone was completely destroyed, the parents aren’t planning on claiming any insurance or contacting Samsung directly. They reason being the age of the smartphone, they think that it’ll be a complete waste of time to pursue to matter.
They teenager’s mother stated that her son had had woken up before the smoke alarm went off. She further added that the family had learned a lesson from the incident. She said,
“We’ve at least learnt (sic) now only to charge phones during the day, and nowhere near fabric or flammable materials.”
This should be noted that from what we have seen from similar cases in the past, a faulty 3rd-party charger is always the culprit. However, the this event might have been caused by some other reason which might remain unknown as the family plans to stay quiet.
For those who dont remember, Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III was released in 2012, May. It was powered by a Exynos 4412 Quad chipset and sported 4.8″ 720×1280 pixels display. It came standard with three different storage variants – 16, 32 and 64GB. Other features included microSD card slot, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front facing shooter, 1 GB of RAM and 2100 mAh battery. The 133 gram handset was 8.6mm thick and came out of the box with Android OS v4.0.4.
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