A SMARTPHONE, specifically a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, reportedly destroyed a man's home in Hong Kong after it allegedly "burst into flames".
Hong Kong resident Mr Du alleged that his Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone rapidly heated up before bursting into flames, causing him to throw the handset onto his sofa, which reportedly caused his home and his Mercedes to be destroyed.
According to Du there was nothing fishy going on here. He apparently was chilling out on his flammable sofa playing a quick game of Love Machine, whatever that is, on his Galaxy S4, while charging the phone using a legitimate Samsung branded charger.
He also claimed that he was using a legitimate battery, seemingly ruling out that dodgy third-party accessories might be to blame.
Samsung Hong Kong said it is investigating the matter and that it will do some "chemical analysis" to determine whether the components were indeed legitimate.
Samsung told The INQUIRER in a statement, "We are unable to provide any details, as Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) is currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire."
This isn't the first time that Samsung has had to deal with such claims. Earlier this month, a woman claimed her Samsung Galaxy S3 had exploded leaving her with third-degree burns, while another Galaxy S3 owner claimed their handset had randomly caught fire, although it turned out in that case that the handset had been microwaved.
Apple, too, has been facing similar problems. Most recently, it was reported that an iPhone 5 handset had been accused of electrocuting a woman in China, although it turned out it was a third-party accessory that was to blame. µ
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