The Galaxy S III is hot, so hot it melts

The Galaxy S III is a pretty good looking device and although some of us here at Neowin prefer the HTC One X, we commend Samsung for keeping the market full of attractive devices. We understand that some other users may simply prefer Samsung’s branding and design, but we have discovered something that could prove to be potentially hazardous to Galaxy S III owners.

Picture this: you’re sitting in your car, when suddenly your three-week old Galaxy S III spontaneously combusts, replacing the shiny glossy finish it once had with an unappealing rough patch of molten plastic – this is exactly what happened to user dillo2k10.

The damage itself was along the bottom of the device but separate to the charging port. The screen still worked surprisingly, but the reception for the device was dead. We’ve uploaded a gallery full of the images for you guys to check out.

The device has been sent into Carphone Warehouse for a complete check-up as to what caused the smartphone to explode. 

Via: Engadget
Source: Boards.ie

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.Neo said,

Are you kidding me? The thing is an ugly amorphous blob.

Thanks to Apple and their lawyers

Marcin Kurek said,

Thanks to Apple and their lawyers

pretty much every company can make devices that look unique, just look Nokia or Sony (beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder) - only Samsung has the way of simply, plainly and openly copying design and UI and when they get stuffed because of it becomes apparent that they got literally NO design department, just some plastic toy factory and a few guys with less creativity than a corpse in a coffin

P.S.: sorry, left out the guy with the photoshop to do publicity shots showing almost no canvas and some material which does not look like it's actually made from recycled mineral water bottles

Edited by deleted_acc, Jun 21 2012, 5:34pm :

.Neo said,

Are you kidding me? The thing is an ugly amorphous blob.

I think beauty is very subjective, but for me personally I'd have to agree.

I wouldn't mind an S3 in a S2 case, which looks tons better.
Or in a Nexus case.
Some day I'll buy a nice ICS device to tinker with and go beyond my current solution (netbook running ICS)

GS:ios

jbrooksuk said,
I had a HTC Desire which was so hot it burnt my hand. Immediately sold it for an iPhone.
Because the iPhone has never been known to cathc on fire randomly...

Your experience=every one else's?

KCRic said,
Because the iPhone has never been known to cathc on fire randomly...

Your experience=every one else's?


Why are you being so defensive?

KCRic said,
Because the iPhone has never been known to cathc on fire randomly...

Your experience=every one else's?

well, plastic does not have the same melting point as glass or stainless steel...

Morden said,

well, plastic does not have the same melting point as glass or stainless steel...

Well since those glass devices burned up, wouldn't that mean that had to be even hotter. Thus meaning an iPhone is more dangerous?

KCRic said,
Well since those glass devices burned up, wouldn't that mean that had to be even hotter. Thus meaning an iPhone is more dangerous?

for one the SoC is made by Samsung in both cases so it would not be the best defense to point at Apple...

for two i've never seen an iPhone 4 or 4S with MOLTEN GLASS SURFACE, i've seen however iPhones which melted the cases they were in

however i don't see the whole point: pointing out that an iPhone could/would burn down in some situation does not make right for the S3 to burst in flames

PERSONALY .....i have only ever left mine charging on the offical samsung charger that comes with it ....and never felt it get that hot ...my older s2 used to get hotter then the my now s3 ....

being in a car as much as this is said to be non charger port related ,...... being so close to the charge port and in a car in my mind means ...car cig port and usb charger and phone on charge .... given too much juice and boom .... the result of the above or phone laying around on a seat thats been in sun light etc and hey presto !

PS FOR ALL YOU APPLE FANBOYS about to pounce this wouldnt happen with an iPhone ,......... remember who makes the dam A5 processor u love so much SAMSUNG!!!!!!!!

gunny2k6 said,
PS FOR ALL YOU APPLE FANBOYS about to pounce this wouldnt happen with an iPhone ,......... remember who makes the dam A5 processor u love so much SAMSUNG!!!!!!!!

the processor is made by ARM and the video chip by PVR, the design is made by Apple's engineers, the production of the SoC is done by Samsung, to be exact... and they don't even use the same chips in the galaxy S3 so your comment makes literally no sense at all

gunny2k6 said,
PS FOR ALL YOU APPLE FANBOYS about to pounce this wouldnt happen with an iPhone ,......... remember who makes the dam A5 processor u love so much SAMSUNG!!!!!!!!

Of course. Who else to blame when the phone catches fire?

gunny2k6 said,
PS FOR ALL YOU APPLE FANBOYS about to pounce this wouldnt happen with an iPhone ,......... remember who makes the dam A5 processor u love so much SAMSUNG!!!!!!!!

I'm confused, wouldn't an Apple fanboy actually make this his or her very argument?

GS:ios

Lot of random iPhone/apple/samsung/galaxy hate going round? Pretty senseless, not much to say other than that.

Tbh those burn marks look suspicious, It appears that the burn point was external IMO. If you look at an S3 there isn't anything in the area affected, it's empty PCB. Can;t explain loss of radio connectivity because i'm not familiar with the S3 but I know that bottom corner isn't a busy place. It's far from any critical components!

Personally I look at sabotage or poor equipment/damage from other device

Auzeras said,
Lot of random iPhone/apple/samsung/galaxy hate going round? Pretty senseless, not much to say other than that.

Tbh those burn marks look suspicious, It appears that the burn point was external IMO. If you look at an S3 there isn't anything in the area affected, it's empty PCB. Can;t explain loss of radio connectivity because i'm not familiar with the S3 but I know that bottom corner isn't a busy place. It's far from any critical components!

Personally I look at sabotage or poor equipment/damage from other device

The antenna isn't critical? I guess tires on a car aren't critical either ?confused?

aSolRam said,
This is a great example of a 100% sensationalist post. This is not even "news".

There's no harm in reporting an issue like this if it means users pay a little more attention to how hot their phone is getting. Hell, I wish people actually paid more attention in general to the devices they use before they bring it to me broken asking me to fix it...

Most of the readers on this forum are likely fanboys of some brand or the other. I doubt however that even a miniscule percentile is involved in production quality control or familiar with terms like MTBF and infant mortality. The whole idea of robotised production line is the 100 % repetitive process - impossible for the humans. Fault like this can occur at the slightest error of soldering leading to a short circuit or a failed leaf sprung connector within a jack leading to a short circuit. Without the full investigative report on the occurance, it certainly is premature to pass judgement on the product / design / brand.

BTW one designs the quality into the product not depend only controlling it at manufacturing stage. Watch the movie "Disclosure" for what happens when you arbitrarilu change the parameters after the design has been locked down.

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