Samsung Galaxy S5 Catches Fire When It Was Idle
It’s quite rare that we expect some of the very high end electronics more specifically smartphones getting a ‘burn’. Yes, a literal burn during normal usage. More recently when it did create quite a stir when an iPhone caused a third degree burn in a user’s pocket.
This time round it was, until recently, Samsung’s flagship product, the Galaxy S5. The first thing which comes to mind is that the phone might have over-charged or electrical fluctuations while the phone was plugged in may have caused the damage. But to everyone’s shock the phone caught fire during stand-by mode, just lying there peacefully on the table.
After touching upon the immediate causes which a normal user might expect, a few more viable causes were also cut down from the list of what caused the damage. These included using a third-party battery or an off-the-shelf poorly developed charger. But when no probable cause is proved, it simply can be stated that a normally functioning Samsung Galaxy S5 arbitrarily sparked off, even when in normal use with all the official accessories.
With just used for a over a year now, ending of the warranty period has left the owner in quite a helpless state. According to the Reddit post, the user still owes the carrier a $400 for the device as per the contract. Negotiations with the carrier firm might offer the unlucky user some compensation.
As yet, there is no official word from either Samsung or the carrier as to why such an incident took place and what repairs or compensation would be given to unfortunate user. Even if they refuse to comment, it is very rightly suggested in the comment threads, that the user take this issue up on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Quora and thus in order to cover up on their reputation, officials at Samsung would definitely give something in return for the damages caused.
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