With the Galaxy Note 7 explosion epidemic finally and almost fully contained, Samsung has turned all its attention of late to positively determining what went wrong and eliminating any possible missteps from the R&D and production processes of the GS8.
Unfortunately, while phones occasionally malfunction and even randomly catch fire without signaling a widespread flaw requiring a massive recall, the market-leading Korean device vendor is now bound to get flak for each and every isolated incident.
Granted, the latest such incidence of a spontaneously combusting Galaxy handheld sounds pretty bad. A 34 year-old Winnipeg resident by the name of Amarjit Mann claims he felt a bizarre “warmness” in his pocket, where a Galaxy S7 was located, while driving one morning.
Upon taking it out and inspecting it for a few seconds, the gadget, apparently bought new for around $1,000 six months back, “exploded right away”, ultimately causing second and third-degree burns to the hands of its panicked owner. Although he was able to throw the “bomb” out the window, a thick cloud of smoke meant the GS7 had plenty of time to create mayhem, at one point sticking to the man’s hand as it started to melt.
At the end of the day, the Canada-based victim is happy to have not suffered injuries to his face, but still considers filing charges, including for lost wages, as recovery will take time. For its part, Samsung wants to meticulously investigate the explosion’s circumstances, with foul play always a strong possibility. After all, if the Galaxy S7 was as hazardous as the Note 7 due to a production error, this would be the latest in a very long line of calamity reports.