Fatal battery issues continue to plague Samsung devices as recent as the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Galaxy S20 FE
Recent leaks have confirmed that Samsung continues to take a conservative approach with its smartphone batteries. The company has restricted charging wattages to 45 W on its high-end SKUs to prevent any Galaxy Note 7-esque mishaps, much to the frustration of fans and enthusiasts, who can get more than double that from competing devices. There might be a good reason for that, as discovered by YouTuber MrWhoseTheBoss.
In a recent video, Arun went through his phone archive, a temperature-controlled shelf where he stores all his smartphones. Here, he found the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G with bloated batteries. He initially attributed it to the recent UK heatwave. However, upon consulting with fellow YouTuber MKBHD, Arun found that he wasn't alone. Other creators such as SnazzyLabs also reported bloated batteries in their stored devices. Arun later found out that even newer devices such as the Galaxy S20 FE and Galaxy Z Fold2 suffered from the same issue.
Zack from JerryRigEverything corroborated Arun and Marques' findings and did what he knows best: punctured the battery. Thankfully, it didn't explode due to it holding no charge. Arun then created a thread on Twitter about the matter. Unsurprisingly, the replies are inundated with users complaining about the same problem, often with older Samsung phones that have been kept in storage for extended periods.
Although Arun contacted Samsung about the problem before making the video, the company is yet to issue an official statement, although it shouldn't be long now due to the ensuing PR nightmare. Some users in the thread also showed Vivo phones (Vivo X50 Pro) suffering from identical issues, so it could likely have something to do with the battery supplier rather than Samsung itself.
If you happen to have an old Samsung phone stowed away, we recommend that you fish it out and check the battery for any deformities. If one is found to be in an improper condition, follow local Li-ion battery recycling laws to safely dispose it.