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Oppo A53 user suffers injuries after phone explodes in pocket

The Oppo A53 allegedly exploded, leaving its owner with injuries to both of his legs. (Image source: Technical Dost - edited)
The Oppo A53 allegedly exploded, leaving its owner with injuries to both of his legs. (Image source: Technical Dost - edited)
An Oppo A53 user in India has seemingly suffered considerable injuries after the budget smartphone apparently exploded while in his pocket. The rear of the Oppo A53 is completely devastated and there are noticeable burn marks on the case. It seems the 5,000-mAh battery is the likely culprit behind the smartphone blast.
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Yet another story of a smartphone either exploding or setting on fire has surfaced, however, this particular incident involving an Oppo A53 has left its owner with more than a damaged phone to deal with. A video clip recently posted on YouTube shows the phone’s user sitting on a bed with bandages applied to both of his thighs and on his right ankle. The unlucky Oppo A53 owner also displays his charred clothing, and it can be clearly seen that something has burned right through the layers of material.

According to the video, the Oppo A53 was under warranty at the time of the explosion. The smartphone is still a relatively new release, having only been launched onto the market in August 2020. The affordable phone comes with a Snapdragon 460 SoC, 4 or 6 GB RAM, and a hefty 5,000-mAh battery that would certainly leave a mark if it burst into flames while in a pocket. The owner also used the charger that came with the Oppo A53, so at the moment it appears to be a case of a faulty device rather than user tampering.

The Oppo A53 can attract buyers with its 90 Hz display and long battery life and the Chinese OEM, which is part of the huge BBK Electronics group along with OnePlus and Realme, has priced it aggressively to help it stand out from a very busy budget crowd. But incidents of exploding smartphones can be extremely damaging to companies, especially if personal injury is also involved. Oppo has yet to comment but will no doubt investigate the issue further before posting a statement.

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Damaged Oppo A53. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Sustained injuries. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Burned clothes. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Burned clothes. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Burned clothes. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Damaged Oppo A53. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Damaged Oppo A53. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Damaged Oppo A53. (Image source: Technical Dost)
Oppo A53 charger. (Image source: Technical Dost)
 

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-06- 7 (Update: 2021-06- 7)