Smartphones catching on fire was (quite literally) a hot topic in 2016. Samsung was specially in the spotlight after the Galaxy Note 7 managed to collect a good deal of explosion reports, only to later be recalled and removed from the market. How does the industry battle this issue and ensure consumer safety? LG has an idea.
The Korean manufacturer is promising safer technology starting with the LG G6. The upcoming flagship handset will reduce overheating with the use of heat pipes, which are commonly used in laptops and desktops to quickly disperse heat away from processing units.
“We will significantly improve the safety and quality of our new flagship smartphones as more consumers seek safe smartphones.” -Lee Seok-jong, LG Electronics’ mobile communication operation group
Furthermore, LG is going to put this smartphone through harsher tests than international standards demand. The battery will be put through temperature tests 15% higher than what the US and Europe require. The phone will also be exposed to piercings, drops and continuous damage that would simulate user wear & tear over time.
We have to wait and see how it all pans out, but LG claims to be very committed to safety this time around. Of course, we will learn more once an announcement is made. We expect the LG G6 to be unveiled come Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, which is just over a month away.