Samsung Galaxy S10 catches fire while charging
Samsung undertook serious damage control following the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 because of multiple instances of exploding batteries. It has since committed to an 8-point battery safety check of its smartphones to eliminate catastrophic failures. Inevitably, not all batteries will be problem free, considering the volume of smartphones that Samsung produces.
One rogue battery appears to have slipped through the cracks, with a report of a Galaxy S10 exploding currently circulating on Chinese social media website Weibo. The device in question apparently caught fire while charging, with its battery having expanded until it forced the handset to split apart. According to a Weibo post shared by @Sudhanshu1414 on Twitter, the Galaxy S10 exploded while being charged for the first time, having been bought a day earlier.
Apparently, the device got so hot that it caused the owner to drop it when they tried picking it up, at which point it hit the ground. The impact seems to have been the catalyst for the device catching fire, as it only started smoking once it had been dropped. The video below shows the extent of the damage, with the fire melting the back glass and display, destroying the device.
We have come across no other reports of other Galaxy S10 handsets befalling similar fates. While there were reports of Galaxy S10 5G having exploded in April, the cause of the fire proved to be from an external impact, which would seem different to this Galaxy S10. Samsung has not commented on the matter, although the Weibo post alleges that customer services have been unwilling to help the afflicted device.