Samsung Galaxy Mega stops a bullet, saves a life

Nokia has carefully cultivated a reputation for having ‘indestructible’ phones, and that impression was certainly reinforced when a Lumia 520 stopped a bullet fired at an off-duty cop in Brazil. But Nokia handsets aren’t the only ones that can perform that particular trick.

As China’s AppleDaily reports, a minor altercation quickly escalated into something far more serious, after a man dropped his wallet in the street. A second man picked it up, and made a joke about using its contents to get some free beer. The owner of the wallet reacted angrily to this, and pulled out a gun.

The second guy then pulled out a sickle and moved to attack the gunman, who then fired at him. The bullet hit his arm, but kept on going straight towards his chest – which is where the real hero of the story comes in. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 that he had in his shirt pocket stopped the bullet, and prevented it from entering his chest, where it may well have caused much more serious injuries.

The device was, thankfully, the only fatality of the whole incident. The injured man is expected to make a full recovery. 

Source: Apple Daily / 9to5Google | image via AppleDaily

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I think Mythbusters already proved that a direct shot at a handphone will not stop the bullet. I think it's because the bullet was deflected by the man's arm that the force of the bullet was probably lower than if the bullet went straight at him without any obstacle in the path of the bullet.

kljs said,
I think Mythbusters already proved that a direct shot at a handphone will not stop the bullet. I think it's because the bullet was deflected by the man's arm that the force of the bullet was probably lower than if the bullet went straight at him without any obstacle in the path of the bullet.

It depends on the caliber too.

the first guy should've thrown a Nokia instead of shooting a bullet. It would've punched through the Samsung without much effort
or if the second guy had a Nokia, it would've bounced the bullet back and killed the first guy

read it! it hit the arm first! that make the energy stored in the bullet far less threatening and way easier to stop.... still no comparison with a direct hit to a nokia

AlexIsFail said,
I feel like I can no longer question Samsung's build quality...

Hey the bullet in this case has already gone througe the man's arm first.

But ok, I confess that "Even the crappiest built phones can stop or deflect bullets.".

Whoops, didn't see that bit there. I guess that makes quite a lot of difference, but still, it's always impressive when you see stories like this. Incredibly lucky guy!

So, and by the looks of it, much of projectile's kinetic energy was already lost from burrowing through the guy's arm, so that any layered material of sufficient thickness wrapped in a leather case, could have stopped it.

Man with gun threatens to shoot you, so you grab the...sickle that you carry along everywhere, and threaten to attack him with it... I've rarely heard more idiotic made up stories. And bullet through the arm.. Mega 6.3 in shirt pocket... oh, whatever.

JHBrown said,
MythBusters will confirm this ;-)

It'll either be busted or plausible, certainly not confirmed.

I think the fact it hit his arm first probably has a lot to do with it.

SpeedyTheSnail said,
The other guy had a sickle?

you joke about stealing someones wallet, and when the guy pulls a gun to defend the property, you take out a SICKLE to attack him, instead of apologizing?

LOL

brianshapiro said,
He was doing farm work?

obviously. but why did he try to attack a guy with a farm tool?
knowing the guy had a gun;
over the wallet that belongs to the guy with a gun?

what i want to know is, where was the sickle to begin with?! he pulled it out of what exactly? those things are pretty big!

gonchuki said,

It's China, he probably also had a hammer in his other pocket.

No it's apparently in Taiwan, where communism isn't that popular.