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Update: Smartphones explodes / catching fire
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Vivo V5 explodes while charging, users await company's acknowledgment


A smartphone is not the safest piece of hardware and given how handset manufacturers have recently crossed the limits in terms of design, one should always be careful with these compact computers. A recent incident which took place in Karnal, Haryana, saw Vivo's V5 burn into flames while it was plugged in for charging. When the story broke on the internet, various users wished that this is the rarest of the rare cases.


However, things got a little more serious when another Vivo V5's reportedly exploded while charging in one of the mobile stores in India. The photos of exploded phone have gone viral on the social media, showing the damaged phone from all angles. As of now, we have had no word from the company on this incident.


One of the major highlights of last year in the tech industry was Galaxy Note 7's global recall. Couresty of all what happened with Note 7, people are not taking smartphone explosions for granted anymore. Several other smartphones from OnePlus and even Apple were accused of explosions later last year which was soon resolved and was likely restricted to that particular unit. However, the question still remains, Are smartphone manufacturers ignoring the design limits in order to make their device more thinner and, perhaps, more attractive.

To recall, Vivo V5 smartphone was launched in India in November last year. The highlight of this smartphone is its 20-megapixel selfie camera, which is accompanied by a moonlight glow LED flash, Sony IMX376 sensor, f/2.0 aperture and 5p lens. On its back, it flaunts a 13-megapixel primary camera with LED flash and Phase Detection AutoFocus (PDAF).

The Vivo V5 smartphone has a metal unibody design and features a 5.5 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It comes equipped with 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor with Mali T860 GPU. The V5 smartphone comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can be further expandable up-to 128 GB via microSD card. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system wrapped under Funtouch OS 2.5 and gets its juices from a 3000 mAh battery. It also houses a water-resistant fingerprint sensor, which is embedded in its home button. The company claims that V5's fingerprint sensor can unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds.

Besides, the Vivo V5 smartphone offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G with VoLTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/GLONASS, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-Compass, split screen multitasking, and a Hi-Fi AK4376 Chipset for improved audio performance. The smartphone measures 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.55 mm and weighs 154 grams.

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OnePlus One exploded while charging


A OnePlus One smartphone has reportedly exploded while charging, causing property damage and leaving users' left arm with second-degree burns.

OnePlus One user (slr722gts/Froyo) posted several disturbing images and videos showing his burn marks alongside the whole description as to what happened on OnePlus Forum.

"Well, my one plus one exploded while charging this morning. Almost set my house on fire. The explosion set pillow and blanket on fire as well as carpet....... I got second-degree burn on my left arm and lucky no injury on my face..... I'm still in shock... u see the news but it's a totally different experience in real life. Support ticket submitted. I was told by online CS that a specialist will contact me soon", slr722gts/Froyo, explained what was happened.


However, the company representative was prompt with a reply and support ticket and after a series of discussion over the forum, the company reportedly offered him OnePlus 3T to which the user turned downed and demanded the company to do an investigation of the incident.

"CS contacted me this morning and I was offered a new OnePlus 3T. I didn't take the offer and I demand the company to do an investigation of the incident, access the damage, come up a plan how to preventing this happening again."

If you own a OnePlus One, we wouldn't advise you to panic as this incident looks like more of a rarest of rare cases. There are chances that the charger or the fault in the electricity flow might have caused the device to explode. On the other hand, there might be a bunch of OnePlus One devices with a possible hardware defect but we would still go for the former set of assumptions. Our smartphones are a combination of hardware and software and they must be used with a certain degree of safety. In a lot of cases, people often keep their smartphones below the pillow while charging which actually creates a problem as the heat released by a device while charging is then accumulated inside which sometimes cause the device to explode. While the images do look disturbing, we don't think it is the next Galaxy Note 7-like debacle.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explosion caught on video: Report


Just as we put behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 nightmare, news of a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone exploding has filtered in. The blast occurred in Bengaluru, and surprisingly, it was not at home, but at a store. The blast was captured on camera. This is the first such case of a Redmi Note 4 smartphone exploding though previously, other Xiaomi smartphones have been in news for randomly bursting into fire. The video in question was captured on the CCTV inside the store.

In the video uploaded by Phone Radar on YouTube, the entire blast is clearly seen. BGR India received a tip regarding the incident from a Twitter user but could not verify the authenticity of the video and has reached out to Xiaomi India for comment. As per an initial report by TechCase, the Bengaluru resident purchased the Redmi Note 4 and visited a nearly local store for inserting SIM into the device. The video shows exactly how the blast occurs. Arjun, the owner of the smartphone hands over the phone to the shop boy. As soon as he tries to open the SIM slot for inserting the card, the phone instantly bursts into flames.


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Fake Video: It Was Not a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 That Exploded

It was not a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 that exploded in the video, but an Oppo and even an iPhone.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 allegedly ‘explodes’ in user’s pocket: Report


It seems like the ‘Note’ nomenclature on smartphones is cursed. We all know what happened with the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and now the company on the receiving end is Xiaomi. A Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 unit allegedly burst into flames in a user’s pocket, causing him serious injuries.

Bhavana Suryakiran from Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district says that his Redmi Note 4 unit caught fire in his pockets while riding a bike. The fire though couldn’t be doused despite pouring water on his pants, and Suryakiran is reportedly suffering from serious injuries, Sakshi.com reports (via HT).

BGR India reached out to Xiaomi, and a spokesperson admitted that the company is aware of the situation. It is currently investigating the matter. “We take such matters seriously as customer safety is of utmost importance for Xiaomi. All of our devices go through stringent quality tests,” the spokesperson said. “We have been able to establish contact with the customer, and are in the process of procuring the damaged product to carefully investigate the case.”

The report further adds that Suryakiran bought his Redmi Note 4 some 20 days back from Flipkart. He is quoted as saying that he plans to take Xiaomi to court for selling him a defective unit, and also will seek compensation for his injuries.

This isn’t the first time reports have surfaced online claiming that a Xiaomi smartphone exploded. Back in July, a video of an alleged Redmi Note 4 exploding went viral. But after investigations, Xiaomi revealed that it was a fake. We will have to wait for Xiaomi’s investigations to see if Suryakiran’s Redmi Note 4 catching fire is as genuine as he claims, or a cheap trick to earn a quick buck.

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iPhone 8 Plus Reportedly Explodes While Charging in Taiwan

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The Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been available for buying in various markets across the world including Taiwan since Sept. 22. Initial reports have revealed that apart from the crackling noise issue while making calls for which Apple will be releasing a software fix soon, the iPhone 8 duo do not have any other major problem. However, people in Taiwan may not be too excited about purchasing an iPhone 8 Plus as a case about its explosion is being reported by Taiwanese media.

According to Taiwanese media, a woman named Wu from Taichung City had purchased the gold variant of the 64 GB iPhone 8 Plus on Sept. 23. The phablet was working fine until Tuesday afternoon, when it exploded while it was kept on charging.

With 70 percent of the battery power left on the iPhone 8 Plus, the woman had kept it for charging by using the original charger. Reports claim that the handset exploded in just 3 minutes. The following images show that the impact of the explosion was such that it separated the display panel from its body.

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Reports reveal that the woman has been an iPhone user since iPhone 4 and she has never encountered such a situation before. The Taiwanese media have also claimed that the exploded iPhone 8 Plus has been sent to the factory for investigation.

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Another Samsung phone explodes in a man's pocket: Caught in video

We all know the Galaxy Note 7 story and how it caused a great problem for Samsung in terms of brand value. While the company has just put the explosive Note 7 debacle behind it, another Samsung phone has just burst into flames.

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The phone this time is a Samsung Grand Duos model and it has reportedly exploded in a man's pocket. A CCTV footage of the exploding fiasco has also been released and the incident was reported by Channel News Asia. The incident happened in Indonesia and a man is seen falling onto the ground as his handset caught on fire all of a sudden. In the video, you can see him further trying desperately to remove his shirt after the phone explodes.

Speculations are ongoing but Samsung in a statement has told CNET that the alleged device probably had a third-party component. Further justifying its stand, the South Korean giant has stated that the battery used in the device was not manufactured by Samsung or a company authorized by Samsung.

Samsung said, "We sincerely wish for our customer's swift recovery, and strongly recommend all our consumers to use Samsung's genuine or approved batteries that have been specifically designed for use in Samsung products."

This incident is yet again a stark reminder of how these devices unexpectedly can cause some serious injury. Moreover, use of third-party batteries or any other components is not advisable. But again in developing nations, the trend is common as hardware parts come cheaper than the original counterparts.

As for Samsung, these uncalled incidents can cause some real trust issues with its existing users and potential Samsung smartphone buyers

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JioPhone explodes: What Reliance Retail has to say

NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio unveiled its much-talked 4G VoLTE feature phone in India back in July this year at its annual general meeting. The phone was up for pre-orders in August and the company has now started delivering the device. However, it seems that with the deliveries, the JioPhone is surrounded by a new controversy.

According to an online report, the Reliance JioPhone caught fire. According to the report by PhoneRadar, the rear panel of the feature phone has completely melted. Along with that, the charger of the phone has also exploded. As per the images shared by the website, the back panel and the battery both suffered major damage, but the display is intact.

When we contacted the company about the incident, a spokesperson of Reliance Retail added, "JioPhones are designed and manufactured with global standards, and each phone goes through stringent quality control process. The said incident has been reported to us. Our initial investigation suggests that this is a case of intentional sabotage. The damage to the device seems to have been intentionally caused. The incident, as well as its timing, has been designed by vested interests to malign the brand. We will take appropriate action based on further investigations."

The battery capacity of JioPhone is 2000mAh which is bigger as compared to the other feature phones available in the market.

Last year, a Reliance Lyf smartphone caught fire. A user going by the name Tanvir Sadiq has posted images of the burnt smartphone on Twitter. "My family had a narrow escape today after @reliancejio's @Reliance_LYF phone exploded & burst into flames," claimed Sadiq in a tweet.

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Apple iPhone 6 reportedly explodes in man's hands

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An Apple iPhone 6 smartphone mysteriously caught fire at a grocery store in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. According to a report by abc7, the user, Abd Ghaith was texting one of his friends, when his iPhone 6 started to imitate some smoke from the sides of the device. Later, when Abd pulled out the case of the phone to see the back, the smartphone exploded.

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iPhone battery explodes again at Apple store; this time in Spain

Lately, Apple has been facing a lot of flak over the recent battery fiasco. It all started when the company released a public statement confirming the intentional slowdown of older iPhones with degraded batteries to prevent sudden shut downs. The iPhone maker soon found its reputation at stake as many people across the world filed lawsuits against the company for breaching their trust. Apple again posted a blog post explaining the reason why it slows down the iPhones and apologizing to its customers. It also launched a new battery replacement program, under which the cost of old iPhone battery replacement was reduced from $79 to $29.

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Things appeared to get a little better for Apple until an incident involving an iPhone battery came to light two days ago. At an Apple Store in Zurich, an iPhone exploded due to the overheat of the battery, causing injury to an employee. Six other people also needed medical care because of smoke inhalation. 50 people including the customers and employees were temporarily evacuated from the store.

Yet again, another report of an iPhone battery explosion has surfaced online. This time at an Apple Store in Valencia, Spain, an iPhone battery started emitting smoke and exploded. As reported by a local newspaper LasProvincias, this incident led to the entire floor being filled with smoke. While the people present in the premises were evacuated, luckily no one suffered any injuries.

Apple being Apple, has not made any statements regarding the aforementioned incidents. However, the company may have already started looking into the issue to find out what caused the batteries to explode.

Battery overheating has proved to become a major concern for several device manufacturers. South Korean tech giant Samsung faced this issue with its flagship phablet Galaxy Note 7 in 2016. There was so many incidents of the device's battery getting exploded that majority of airlines prohibited passengers from carrying it on board.

That being said, Apple is no stranger to these kind of issues as well. In the past few years, we have heard some iPhone handsets catching fire or bursting into flames, but the incidents were not so frequent.

It will be nice on Apple's part to issue to public statement concerning the issues, though the chances of that happening are pretty low. In any case, we are looking forward to know the reason behind the battery explosions.

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