In what could cause a big blow to the sales of Samsung Electronics around the world, a consumer from Ireland claimed that the much-hyped smartphone Galaxy S3 exploded in his car.
A Dublin-based consumer posted comments and photos on a website on Wednesday (here), saying his Galaxy phone "exploded" while mounted on his car dashboard, reported Reuters. He wrote that while he was driving, "suddenly a white flame, sparks and a bang came out of the phone."
"There's no confirmation it was a fault with the phone. It may actually have been caused by a combination of my car mount and my car's heating system," he added.
Samsung Electronics said that the company is looking into the reports of Galaxy S3 explosion and would reveal the result of the investigation next week.
"Our initial investigation found no fault with the phone, but we'll conduct further investigations to decide the exact cause of the problem," Reuters quoted Samsung Electronics spokesman James Chung as saying.
It may be recalled that a Korean had complained of his spare battery for Galaxy S II exploding in March. Samsung clarified that it was caused by massive external pressure or force. Consumer watchdog Consumer Reports also reported a few months ago that Apple's latest iPad generates more heat than the previous versions.
The latest report on Samsung Galaxy S3 could costly for the company as it comes just a few days after sources from Apple claiming that its latest product iPhone 5 would put Samsung Galaxy S3 to shame.
Samsung Electronics launched its flagship smartphone Galaxy S3 last month and has received good response from gadget lovers all over the world. It also got rave reviews from reviewers.
The international variant of Samsung Galaxy S3 sports a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (306 ppi pixel density), multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and TouchWiz UI v4.0. It features a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM.
Measuring 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighing 133 grams Samsung Galaxy S3 features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, Mail-400MP GPU.
(With Inputs from Reuters)