A MAN IN CHINA has shown photos of his Galaxy Note 7 after the handset caught fire and "exploded" while it was being charged.
The man, known as 'Mr. Ni 666666' on the Chinese forum Baidu, posted photos this week of what he claimed to be the remains of his burned out Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.
The user said in a series of posts that his Galaxy Note 7 was plugged in at night when he heard a "sudden bang". He then discovered that his phone had burst into flames, and a series of photos show the aftermath. Thankfully, it doesn't appear that anybody was injured.
We knew the Galaxy Note 7 was on fire sales-wise when Reuters reported today that demand for the Samsung smartphone is outstripping supply, but this incident takes things to a whole new level.
Samsung said that it is investigating the incident. "Samsung takes product quality and customer safety very seriously. We have been in contact with the customer and are conducting a full investigation into the product in question," a spokesperson told the INQUIRER.
"We would like to assure our customers that we always employ strict quality control and safety measures to ensure that our devices meet and exceed industry safety standards."
However, it's unlikely that the smartphone was to blame. The picture (above) appears to show the man using a third-party cable, rather than the white cable included in the box with the Galaxy Note 7.
However, as pointed out by a savvy INQ reader, the USB-C adaptor wedged onto the end of it looks very similar to that which Samsung includes in the handset's box, although it's yet to be confirmed whether this is the case.
Companies have long warned of the dangers of third-party USB-C cables after Google engineer Benson Leung discovered that manufacturers of a lot of the cheaper versions hadn't made allowances for the large currents that the new format can carry.
This revelation, which cost Leung his own Google Chromebook Pixel to prove, has seen Amazon step in to put a stop to the free-for-all on crappy cables.
Most recently, the USB Implementers Forum announced plans to stem the tide of dodgy USB-C chargers. µ
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