Galaxy S3 fire melts case, renders phone unusable

by: Chris SmithJune 21, 2012

The Galaxy S3 may be the hottest Android phone in town, and I’m not referring only to its specs and features that make it stand out from the current smartphone crowd. Apparently the handset can become too hot for its own good, as there’s already a recorded fire incident involving a Galaxy S3 unit.

Engadget reports that a UK Galaxy S3 owner had his smartphone bursting into fire while being placed in an in-care holster. The device “sparked into white flames, followed by a bang.” As you can see in these images, the fire caused extensive damage to the smartphone, melting the case in the process and rendering the Galaxy S3’s phone features unusable even though the display still worked.

The phone has been sent to a repair center through Carphone Warehouse, a local handset retailer, and Samsung is already investigating this first Galaxy S3 fire:

There have been recent online posts displaying pictures of a Samsung GALAXY SIII that appears to have heat-related damage at the bottom of the device. Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question.

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.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first smartphone that caught on fire, and as long as these are isolated incidents you shouldn’t be worried. More importantly, the Galaxy S3 owner that posted these images has not been harmed during the incident. But we’re definitely interested to hear what Samsung has to say about the unexpected event once the investigation is complete.

The Galaxy S3 started selling in late May in the UK, almost a month after being officially unveiled during a special London-based media event. Since then we have not received any other reports detailing any malfunctions – well, not counting our own drop test of course. Have you had any problems with your Galaxy S3 unit? Did you notice the device overheating at any point during use?

  • mlc5276

    Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

  • Rath Mam

    A criminal burned the phone and accused Samsung of making bad products. Look inside the phone is cleaned.

  • casey

    hottest phone in town? like the iphone 4 first came out. i do wonder how many people would actually try to sabotage it loll just saying. faulty battery or charger port most likely. still loving my Note.

  • RedRuM

    the white flames followed by a loud pop sounds like a resistor being over loaded…

    the damage is right next to the usb port, so, maybe there’s one to prevent the phone from being damaged by irregular voltage? say from a dodgy in car charger trying to put a whole car battery through it!

    • Terrence Greene

      i think we got a winner

    • Wayne

      A whole car battery, wow if it can’t handle 12 volts there is something wrong.

      • Gavin

        its not about the voltage. Its the amount of current that the car battery can put out. anywhere from 5 to 25 amps depending of the size.

  • petersinnott

    Seems unlikely to be a UK owner when it was posted to

  • Gsushc

    I have one of these phones and it does get hot (well worm would be a better choice of words) I got a mesh vent case for it as getting a case that hold the heat in must be a bad idea.
    Samsung knows this phone gets hot that’s why they have a case with vents built into it for heat dissapation.

  • MasterMuffin

    I have sgs3 and it stays cool even if you play with it all day. I had sgs2 and it got so hot sometimes that it hurt my fingers :)

  • Wayne

    That’s what you get when you buy cheap shit, I will wait for the iPhone 5, at least apple produce quality items!

    • johnnny

      Says who?

    • johnnny

      Says who? Remember the incident where ALL the Iphone’s had a problem with the reception? You dumb fanboy

    • b

      Ya even tho apples shit is full of Samsung’s parts. Read up a lil B4 u speak

  • sohot

    Looks identical to damage that a microwave oven wold cause. Probably an apple scam.

  • johnnny

    Apple burnt that fone. And calls it a recorded burnt out. this ONE phone is spreading around the internet. Also with foxxconn comment about iphone5.
    Apple is scared

  • dingleberry

    user placed in microwave.. idiots