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Galaxy S3 fire melts case, renders phone unusable

June 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?