Samsung Galaxy S II reportedly bursts into flames in user’s pocket

A Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone “was sitting in its owner’s pocket when he felt a hot, painful sensation, making him remove the now-smoking device,” Electronista reports.

“Last week, a passenger on an Australian airliner had a similar experience with his iPhone,” Electronista reports. “The Apple incident was attributed to a seldom but well-known occurring problem with lithium-ion batteries, which can overheat and occasionally catch fire. Samsung’s failure may be related and shows that the device isn’t any more resistant to the issue. The failures normally require a significant impact, but both incidents appear to have been caused just through normal use, though both phones had been exposed to high altitudes before the batteries overheated.”

More infer and photos the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]

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24 Comments

  1. Oh dear.. I hope that it is not Sony this time..
    They really don’t need this kind of catastrophy in their hands now when everything else is going bad.

    Last time they lost 3.2 Billion dollars when they had to replace 4,1 Million batteries.

  2. Oh dear.. I hope that it is not Sony this time..
    They really don’t need this kind of catastrophy in their hands now when everything else is going bad.

    Last time they lost 3.2 Billion dollars when they had to replace 4.1 Million batteries.

  3. “though both phones had been exposed to high altitudes before the batteries overheated.”

    A phone in a pressurized airplane is NOT exposed to high altitude, per se, at least from a pressure standpoint. On the other hand, they WOULD be exposed to significantly increased levels of cosmic and gamma radiation without the benefit of atmospheric attenuation. But if that’s all it took to light up a battery, I think we’d see a lot more cases of this.

    I vote for coincidence and the effects of prior trauma.

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