Samsung might just want to just ditch the Galaxy Note 7 and move on to the Note 8, as more incidents of exploding replacement Note 7s make the rounds.
Last week, a reportedly safe Note 7 smartphone started smoking and forced the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight. Now, there are local reports of more replacement smartphones catching fire or smoking.
A Minnesota teenager, for example, tells KTSP that her replacement Note 7 “melted in her hands.” The incident “melted the protective cover,” and left the 13-year-old with a small burn on her thumb.
In Kentucky, meanwhile, a couple woke up to find their bedroom filled with smoke. “I look over and my phone is on fire,” Michael Klering tells WKYT. Klering had replaced his Note 7 about a week before the incident.
Samsung tells Engadget that it is “taking every report seriously…even though there are a limited number of reports.”
“If we determine a product safety issue exists, Samsung will take immediate steps approved by the CPSC to resolve the situation,” the company said.
In August, there were reports of the Galaxy Note 7 overheating, burning users, and in some cases, exploding. Samsung issued a global recall of an estimated 2.5 million devices and said that the flaw was due to a manufacturing problem. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission urged “all consumers who own a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to power them down and stop charging or using the device.” Samsung later delivered 500,000 new Note 7s to carriers and stores, which it said were safe, and distributed at least half of them. But it appears that they too have their issues.