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Video shows Samsung phone explodes in man’s pocket

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JAKARTA — A video of an Indonesian man’s Samsung phone exploding, setting his shirt on fire has been captured in a CCTV footage taken at an Indonesian hotel.

The horrific incident, that happened at the Hotel Ciputra in the Indonesian city of Semarang on Saturday (Sept 30), when the man’s phone burst into flames has since gone viral on social media in Indonesia,, the Daily Mail reported.

The man in the video, identified as hotel supervisor Yulianto, can be seen touching his phone through his shirt just seconds before sparks began flying from his pocket.

Yulianto reportedly sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

His shirt was quickly set alight, with the stunned 47-year-old seen rolling on the floor while ripping off his shirt.

The Central Java Regional Police said the Samsung phone was a Grand Duos model, which Indonesian media reported was released in 2013.

“Mr Yulianto immediately removed his shirt after the phone exploded. He had no significant injuries,” the Daily Mail quoted Agus Triatmojo, the Central Java Regional Police’s head of public relations as saying.

The incident was being investigated, police said.

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In connection with the incident, Samsung told CNET that the device in question had a third-party component. The battery on the used device was not manufactured by Samsung or a company authorised by Samsung, it said.

However, Samsung Electronics Indonesia’s Corporate Marketing Director was quoted telling local media the company was further probing the incident.

“Consumer safety is our top priority, and we’ve contacted the consumer concerned to provide the necessary support, and we are currently investigating the device,” the company 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.”

Samsung has previously been under fire over the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 model which was recalled due to its exploding batteries.

Last year, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 after several incidents were reported where the handset was going up in flames.

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Nokia 7 launched in China

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BEIJING — HMD Global, has launched Nokia 7, the mid-range smartphone in China, the first Android device from the brand which promises flagship-like features at almost half the price of the Nokia 8.

The Nokia 7 comes with 7000 series aluminium build and sports Corning Gorilla Glass at the back. The company says that the handset’s back uses 3D glass thermoforming technology for casting, and comes with rounded corners.

The all-new Nokia 7 has been launched first in China and will be going on sale starting Tuesday but there’s no word on the availability of the Nokia 7 outside China as of now.

The Nokia 7 comes in two variants: 4GB RAM priced at CNY 2,499 and 6GB RAM at CNY 2,699.  Both the variants have 4K video with Nokia OZO audio technology that supports 360-degree recording. There’s 64GB storage and comes with expandable storage up to 128GB (via microSD card).

The Nokia 7 features 5.2-inch IPS 2.5D display with screen resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

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The smartphone features the new octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 clocked at 1.8GHz and packs 3000mAh non-removable battery.

It runs on stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with timely software update promise from the company. HMD Global has also confirmed that the Nokia 7 is Android Oreo-ready.

The Nokia 7 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture lens and dual tone flash. At the front, there’s 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The phone comes with USB Type-C port and also supports NFC connectivity options. At the back, the handset sports fingerprint scanner.

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