Samsung just can't catch a break. While still trying to pick up the pieces after the exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle, it seems that the company might have another issue in their hands.
According to PhoneArena, it has received an email from one of its readers who works for one of the big wireless carrier companies in the United States.
The email states that a customer entered the store where the PhoneArena reader works with an exploded Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which is the company's previous flagship smartphone prior to the Galaxy Note 7.
Unfortunately for the customer, the Galaxy S7 edge was the replacement smartphone that was acquired in exchange for the Galaxy Note 7 as part of the recall program on the controversial device.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous, shared that the owner of the Galaxy S7 edge was charging the smartphone overnight using the charger that it originally came with, putting to rest any speculation that a third-party charger caused the explosion.
This is the third reported incident of a Galaxy S7 edge catching fire. The first case was from earlier in the year in May, but it was not revealed until mid-September as the victim, Daniel Ramirez, filed a lawsuit against Samsung. The lawsuit was due to Ramirez suffering second- and third- degree burns as the smartphone exploded while it was in his pocket.
The second case of a Galaxy S7 edge that caught fire was reported in late September, when Weng Briones from the Philippines claimed that the smartphone started burning and spewing smoke while her daughter was using it. She was able to get a full refund for the smartphone, as she declined to receive a replacement for the destroyed device.
Three reported cases might not necessitate hitting the panic button just yet, especially as investigations on the incidents are still underway. However, it does beg the question on how many such explosions are needed before Samsung needs to abandon its Galaxy Note 7 clean-up efforts to take a much closer look on the Galaxy S7 edge.
The Galaxy S7 edge was released back in March, which means that it has been in the market for more than half a year now. Three explosion cases over that span of time is certainly not as bad as the number of incidents concerning the Galaxy Note 7 over its first couple of months, but with all eyes on Samsung right now, every case of a smartphone catching fire will be under extreme scrutiny.