Apple's spontaneously combusting iPhone is in good company, it appears, as a report surfaces of a Samsung Android handset doing much the same to the surprise of its owner.
Concerns were raised over the possibility of an iPhone recall when an iPhone 4 started to smoke and glow while aboard a regional Australian flight. Although the handset was extinguished without injury, the incident - which resulted the aircraft being filled with plumes of dense, white smoke in what appears to be the start of a classic lithium fire - is under investigation.
Now, it appears, Samsung is getting in on the act: a member of the XDA Developers forum has posted images of a Galaxy S II Skyrocket handset with clear heat damage around the battery contacts, indicating that it, too, may become the subject of a recall.
"My friend almost lost his nuts," user 'Silly22' complains on the site. "He said he heard a sound, a burning sensation on his leg and as he pulled this piece of junk out of his pocket he smelled burning. There was smoke coming out of his pocket and out of the phone.
"My friend didn't even own this phone for two weeks before it nearly burned him! He said he wasn't even using it; [it was] just idling in his pocket and hadn't been used for awhile."
The handset is a Canadian retail model registered to Rogers, but thus far appears to be the only public report of such an incident. The handset appears to be using a standard stock battery, although some members of the forums have suggested the damage could be the result of a liquid short or the use of a damaged third-party charger.
Thus far, Samsung has not issued a statement on the matter.