Samsung Galaxy Note 9 catches fire in woman’s purse

James Marshall
September 18, 2018

About two weeks ago, a real estate agent in Long Island, New York by the name of Diane Chung, had claimed to be the first victim of a purported Galaxy Note9 battery issue. However, a month later, a fresh report has now surfaced, with a woman claiming that her brand new Galaxy Note 9 burst into flames inside her purse. Then she heard a whistling sound and noticed thick black smoke from her handbag. It was then that her bag started smoking, at which point she dropped the contents of her bag on the elevator floor and started punching buttons in panic, the smoke clouding her view. For those who don't know, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 device comes with a price tag of roughly $1,000 and has a massive 4000mAh battery.

"We have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note 9 device and we are investigating the matter", a Samsung spokesman was quoted as saying, the New York Post said. According to a report by NYPost, her new flagship device had combusted in her purse while she was in the elevator alone on 3 September.

Samsung have taken a lot of measures with the safety of their batteries with not just the added safety check but also deliberately not pushing the envelope with battery size and/or charging speeds.

Her trauma didn't end too soon and continued till a man grabbed the burning phone with a cloth and put it inside a water bucket. Her lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages, as well as a restraining order that would prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched with minimal upgrades and a lot of clarifications last month. The latter recall was required after it was found that there were close to 100 cases of Note 7 units catching fire in the USA alone, as noted by Wired.

Samsung and other device makers are looking for ways to boost momentum in a sluggish smartphone market.

Even if the affected Samsung customer has already filed a complaint: Of course, nothing has been proven, especially not a general problem with the Galaxy Note 9 and its rechargeable battery.

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