What will we do when the first Galaxy S8 catches on fire?

Galaxy S8 colors
Galaxy S8 colors (Image credit: Android Central)

Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer batteries can fail, and when they do, they often do so catastrophically. This was the crux of the Galaxy Note 7 saga: phones didn't just stop working or even puff a little smoke, they caught on fire and damaged property and harmed people. The new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have the same type of batteries in them as the Galaxy Note 7 did — a different design, and with dramatically more quality control checks for sure, but the same basic battery technology.

The problem for Samsung is that the Note 7 has not been completely forgotten.

And just like we've seen for years, some very small percentage of any given phone model — even prestigious brands like Samsung and Apple — will have instances of battery failures. That's unfortunately expected, and a good reminder for everyone that you shouldn't consider these devices entirely failproof — they can be dangerous if not designed and managed properly. The problem for Samsung, of course, is that the Note 7 has not been completely washed from our collective minds. The instances of "Note 7" written in articles about the newly announced Galaxy S8 are inescapable, and average consumers still make that association.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

So even though the Galaxy S8's battery design is dramatically improved, and the quality control standards have been beefed up, there is bound to be a battery failure at some point — there's a good chance it would be completely unrelated to Samsung's technology, like a physically damaged device, a bad charger or a combination of outside factors. But unlike the dozens of instances that happen every year with other phones, a new Galaxy phone catching on fire will unfortunately be headline news once again, even though no physical components carried over from the Note 7 to the Galaxy S8.

A Galaxy S8 will catch fire — the question is how people react.

The question for me is how responsible news outlets handle the information, and how Samsung reacts to the situation. At the start of the Galaxy Note 7's battery fiasco, it was a rational response to say "well, these lithium batteries can fail, that's not surprising" and give Samsung the benefit of the doubt for having sourced high-quality batteries until it was proved otherwise (which it eventually was). The issue now is that second part isn't a given — Samsung can't prove that its batteries won't catch fire ... because the only way it can do that now is to have something not happen. It has to ship tens of millions of Galaxy S8s and then wait for the public to regain whatever trust was lost.

There will be overreactions from some if this situation plays out as expected. Overreaction isn't warranted, I don't think, but skepticism certainly is.

Now for some quick hits on the week that was:

  • As for the Galaxy S8 as a whole, I think it looks great and has the features required to be a big hit.
  • Also, as we agreed on our Galaxy S8 special edition podcast, the Galaxy S8 is the model to get — very few will need the extra screen and cost of the GS8+.
  • Just as I wrote in regards to the Note 7, you shouldn't be worried about the curved screens — they're very subtle.
  • After a whole month with the LG G6, I'm still super happy with it; and still just absolutely loving the dual cameras.
  • In my general quest to go all USB-C, I'm still in need of a battery pack that does USB-C right. Only a couple exist, and most seem to be funky and not fully compliant.

And with that, I'm off on a vacation for the next two weeks. My goal, of course, is to make everyone jealous via posts on social media.


Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • A sh@#@# storm will happen
  • The interwebz will lose their GD minds!
  • Yup. Sites like BGR will dedicate a 10-article series of posts if there is even 1 explosion, with a headline like 'Run for your lives! Galaxy S8 is murdering us all!', and 'All Android phones are bombs! If you want to live, buy an iPhone NOW!'
  • Websites like BGR are the worst. Even if Apple made a completely awful phone they will still argue its merits.
  • God I miss my Note 7 :(
  • i miss mine too. Seeing a picture of the Note7 in this article made me a little sad.
  • Samsung is selling Note 7's that are refurbished now with different batteries. http://www.droid-life.com/2017/03/27/samsung-going-sell-refurbished-gala...
  • UPDATE: Samsung told The Verge that it won’t be selling refurbished Note 7 devices in the US.
  • Hope we are not on the same airplane.
  • You sound like every other iDiot. But anyway speaking of airplanes. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/exploding-iphone-may-have-brought-d...
  • Holy cra@. That's pretty serious. I hope pilots all heard this theory given that I assume their phones are exposed to much more direct sunlight.
  • I just preordered​ yesterday so.........
  • So did I... It's the least likely phone to ever catch fire imo...far too much scrutiny placed upon it. It'll be the safest phone by far... ;-)
  • Where did you study electrical engineering?
  • Well, we'd have to treat it with some skepticism as well.
  • Indeed.
  • Lol nice sterilization.
  • I bet there will be alot of intentional S8's going up in flames just for attention and to try and hurt Samsung. Jealous sheeple most likely.
  • Why the International version pray tell?..Mmm?
  • Intentional, not international
  • hmm...never thought of that. you're probably, unfortunately right though...it will likely happen.
  • Team Samsung All Day.
  • It's not a team at all.
  • Ok, I'll bite: do you actually think any number of S8s will catch fire? Dontcha suppose Samsung is now kinda paranoid about putting another burner on the market?
  • It will. No matter how much safety inspections, if they sell 50-100m units, even with a 0.001% failure rate, that's still hundreds of units. No company in the world can guarantee a 0% failure rate on their components. The question is how bias will the media/public take it.
  • You can't change physics with paranoia.
  • Like the article mentioned, some fire instances happen because of non oem charger, damage to the phone or some extenuating circumstance caused by the user.
  • Or outright fraud.
  • My point here is no matter what Samsung does, one will have a battery failure because of the general physics of how these batteries work and how many they'll make. There's no way to have 100% safety rate with Lithium-based batteries today. So the question is how the media will handle it, what the general buying public will think and how Samsung works to mitigate damage.
  • The media would grab hold of it and run.
    (Of course they'd fail to include and honest and fair appraisal and give stats for other smart phone battery explosions ect).
    That's what I think the media would do!
    The question is: How would Joe Public respond this time?
  • Never understimate the stupidity of top management in a corporation -- especially one run by descendant(s) of a family scion. These executive offspring have not necessarily attained their top management positions through merit alone. I hope the chucklehead headed to prison was the one reponsible for the elimination of the removeable battery and the "we fixed everything in less than 30 days let's reship our Note 7's" decision. Those of you too young to remember Wang Computers, the top word processor of the 1980's, should Google the story of how the son ruined his Father's company. For Samsung's sake, I hope they have learned their lesson. I do not like the sealed battery. By design, removeable batteries have been ruggedized to add an additional line of defense unlike their sealed counterparts. I fear this pursuit of thinner phones and elegant glass lines has left the newer phones and batteries increasingly vulnerable to the everyday abuse these phones will take - especially those used without a protective case. I would really like to see Samsung S8 and Note 8 "Active" models with a removeable battery. I would think the super nerds that use the Note variants would prefer a removeable battery.
  • Well block bgr because those Apple trolls will go crazy
  • Exactly. BGR wants clicks----responsible reporting isn't on their radar. They will dramatize, inflame, and stir that pot as much as they humanly can.
  • Because well-researched, absolutely unbiased, non-misleading, clickbait-free reporting is what the people WANT, right? Get off your High Horse. If people didn't want clickbait reporting, they would reconsidered after at all the Trump news. But we didn't. We EMBRACED clickbaiting and misleading news more than ever!!! Its our media consumption that has to change, not sites like BGR...
  • BGR is cancerous. Android and iOS trolls thrive there.
  • It will depend on how long it take to happen. If one or more happen in the first week then expect trouble for Samsung.
  • But yeah, Samsung is in the the media cross-hairs. One fire out of a gazillion phones will probably kill them. Everyone should watch that recent PBS documentary on batteries. There is a section on Li-ion fires. The more important section is on energy storage for solar and wind.
  • The worst-case scenario is that they stop making phones altogether, or spin-off their mobile division into its own company. Samsung would still make $$ by supplying most or all of the parts, without the negativity of their brand name being dragged through the mud.
  • Well it won't be mine... Pixel 2 all the way.... The 170+ day wait to get Nougat for my 7 Edge kind of sealed my decision. I call the phones that Samsung makes - flash bangs - anyway... They're in a mad rush to get them out and then - they're done with them...
  • Sadly that seems the case. Samsung is just awful at updating.
  • My wife and I have T-Mobile S7 and S7E and both have Nougat and are on the March security update. How much faster do they need to be?
  • Right off... I'd say something more notably faster than the 170+ days it took to see the Nougat update for my area and carrier... AT&T... Enough said...
  • Blame that on the carrier, not samsung. It would make sense to get up in arms if every s7 took that long, but the unlocked international models get updates much faster aka no heavy handed carriers like in the US. 
  • The unlocked US model took longer than the T-Mobile US version which itself got it February '17, fully 5 months after it was released, 2 months after the OnePlus 3/3t, etc.
  • In all fairness... The 7 Edge is a damn fine phone. What seems to be repeatable, is they garner most of their developers to implement new ideas to sell their new products and - drop support - maintenance - security - updates for the phones that they have already sold... That has been repeatable... That simply tells me what is very important to Samsung... Selling new phones..
  • As it should be for them
  • Why the S7 edge already had most of the features of Android N and more. Android N ruined the split screen mode also. You can't size it in landscape mode like before.
  • I still don't understand the whining and crying about updates.
  • This more than likely is do to personal history. When I was developing apps - my immediate test base were friends and basically clients that could use it. Their main concern was simply up-time with no bugs. Features were being implemented and support for error trapping. Just to note - I hate apps that have little or no error trapping... I have always felt proper and ethical support is necessary for success. There were developers that were simply looking to make money... Sold software under many names and was simply looking at turnover rates to support what they were doing... To me that was unethical... So I take support at a personal level I guess. I expect it. To think otherwise - is to support - - - a lost cause... Which I'm sorry - I don't understand why you would want none...
  • I love app updates - usually. My reply was in regards to an OS update. Not sure why people want to be the public beta group so badly that they are willing to change to more than likely inferior equipment in order to do so.
  • I thought we were supposed to stop drop and roll. Has something changed?
  • That's if YOU are on fire :P
  • Lol.. 👍
  • WTF
  • Go out and buy the S9 next year.
  • I'll do what I did when I had to deal with the Note 7 fiasco twice: I'll trade it in for an iPhone.
  • "The question for me is how responsible news outlets handle the information..." My own question is how responsible bloggers hype stuff that hasn't happened as clickbait. If my S8 (arriving April 21st) catches fire, Samsung is done as a company. Do you think they aren't aware of that? They're also aware they're at the mercy of a tech press that is salivating at the thought of it enough that they'll write "what happen when" instead of "what happens if."
  • Problem is, it is a when, not an if. That's nothing against Samsung, I'm sure they've done a lot to improve battery safety. But it still contains a lithium cell, and lithium cells want to catch fire. With the numbers Samsung move, the chances that not one unit will malfunction and burn itself out are incredibly slim.
  • Bingo.
  • And Samsung is very aware of this. They'll do what they can to make sure the replacement process goes as smooth as possible. Offer a refund or a replacement w/ a free wearable or something. Nothing too crazy.
  • So a multi-billion dollar company is just going to fold? Note (npi) that Samsung had another major public product failure (of their washing machines) at the same time of the Note 7 recall, *and* their CEO was recently arrested. They may sell off any troublesome divisions, but they won't fold completely.
  • They won't fold! They build skyscrapers, Radar systems for the military, scanners for medical use, the list goes on and on.
    They're also into Oil in a big way.
    I don't think they'd fold!
  • I don't think it will catch 🔥 because of all the extra millions of dollars Samsung has invested to make sure it doesn't!
  • Doesn't matter. A small number is bound to catch fire. It's science.
  • I love the keyword in the title "When" lol Have a little more faith that not a single galaxy device will blow up. :D That 8-point check should guarantee this. A droid a day keeps the Apple away
  • There is no such thing as a 100% guarantee moron when it comes to these batteries. A small number will catch fire. Do some Grodd damn research.
  • Ordered my s8. The Note 7 had a design flaw. Not enough room was left for battery expansion. Samsung knows this could break them as a cell phone manufacturer.
  • Well, the battery itself was mainly to blame. The first one had a fault on its electrodes, which were bent, apparently. The second one was much worse, with lots of quality issues ranging from lack of insulative tape on some to even welding defects which caused internal shorts. I can only think that due to the rapid increase in demand, these batteries were churned out at a much faster rate than usual, which could explain the higher-rate of defects.
  • No reason to trade in my 6P. Nexus/Pixel is the only way to fly.
  • No waterproofing no sd card no wireless charging and looks just like an iphone on the front. I would never admit to owning one.
  • I have no fear they have been making phones for years and years that haven't blown up. So I pre-ordered my S8+ and can't wait to get it!
  • Feel free to use the phone for more than one week and let's find out.
  • It'll take far more than a week to find out how this one will go down.
  • Highly doubt it will catch on fire. I'm sure they took a look at everything
  • I will not purchase one , I am very happy with the BlackBerry DTEK60 kudos to BlackBerry /TCL
  • I am sure there will be atleast one of someone doing it on purpose. With that being said, every phone with a battery will have some with issues. I mean even the iphone is not immune to catching on fire. Unless it is widespread like the note 7, I do not see a huge issue. 
  • I think this is bit of an inappropriate article and click bait. If phones went around catching on fire all of the time it would a) be on the news all the time, or b) not be as big of a deal. Let's not make people think about a phone that hasn't even been released yet catching on fire. We got it. The note 7 had issues. Let's move on and deal with it if it becomes an issue.
  • It's an editorial. It can be about whatever the author wants it to be.
  • My point is that every type of phone has less than 100% quality control, so something WILL happen eventually. These batteries are dangerous and no matter how "safe" they are they're bound to have at least one issue when you sells tens of millions. NORMALLY this wouldn't be a problem, but as I explain (and everyone knows) Samsung has a bit of a focus on it — so if there is ANY battery issue, it will be unnecessarily amplified at first. I'm simply discussing what will happen when that eventually takes place.
  • Thanks for replying Andrew. My point wasnt the validity of the article, I just think it helps maintain the negative stigma associated with the Samsung and creates a dialogue that isn't necessarily helpful. I don't even like Samsung so don't think I'm defending them. There is no fail proof, fire proof, splosion proof electronic device. And hey, the note 7 fiasco was a really big deal. I just thought the article wasn't representative of the potential product and the quality control measure​s implemented to try to prevent the same thing from happening again. This article is kind of like disaster prep. Like if they christened another Titanic and then a few weeks before it's maiden voyage, the newspaper ran an article saying "what do we do when this one sinks?" The article wasn't wrong, as in ethically. I just didn't find it appropriate.
  • I think you don't know what click bait is
  • Exactly.
  • Might be prudent to see how the first ones do if you can wait, before purchasing the S8. Early adopters shouldn't be too upset if their phones catch on fire due to the prior history of the Note 7s. Should be making the purchases with eyes wide open.
  • Or... I can go by the personal example of the S7edge I have, which despite having a higher capacity battery than the Note 7 (and higher than that of either model of the S8) has somehow not shown a tendency to catch fire and/or explode.
  • I think it'll depend on the numbers. If it's just a handful then I doubt it'll be an issue. People forget easy. But if it's another Note 7 fiasco then, well... Poor Samsung.
  • "having sourced high-quality batteries until it was proved otherwise "
    I think you meant to write "proven".
    *edit- it appears that both variations are fine in this case. Never mind :P http://grammarist.com/usage/proved-proven/
  • I bet that the first fire cases will be in US
  • This article is a lie. They are the Same battery's as the Galaxy S7 not Note 7. This article is fear mongering.
  • You do understand that all modern consumer electronics batteries are made with similar designs and processes, right?
  • I think it's good and important to bring this up now.
    I hadn't considered it, tbh, but some story will appear (true / verified or not), and Samsung are in the cross hairs. This article is saying be prepared for this, and keep it in context. My perspective is that the Note 7 fiasco (inferno?) opened our eyes to how often this happens to other devices, recently and in the past - and we have to stop being complacent about leaving devices to em their own devices (and that has raised a long term worry). Why could there not be early warning software or a physical trigger to stop charging or something. I know they isolated the causes this time, but... Samsung should have gone a few steps further, but there would not have been time with the S8. What next on the Note 8 and S9.
  • Apple will make sure a Galaxy S8 blows up...
  • Oh really
  • I don't really think that's how Apple rolls.
  • Oh come on, no corporate espionage? One S8 explodes in public fashion and Apple's chief rival is in a tailspin. I wouldn't put it past them.
  • If bush were still in office he would definitely make one explode.
  • They don't have to and they make pretty great products. They generally don't behave like Samsung. Samsung makes great products but they are no Apple. They want to be like them though.
  • I just don't see the advantage for Apple to potentially be caught doing something like that. Apple is doing well on its own, and should be spending all of its time continuing to make products that sell in massive numbers — not wasting their time trying to sabotage anyone.
  • Not so much Apple, but rather some crazy rabid fans of rival OEMs. Every incident should be treated with initial skepticism. But it won't be.
  • I am reading through these comments and am floored at how poorly many people comprehend what was written.
  • Agreed. Reading comprehension is not a skill that everyone has.
  • I was going to post the same comment until I saw yours. It's a pretty straightforward article asking how the press will react when one of these phones catches fire (which it inevitably will do due to the sheer number of phones sold). I have no idea how some people are interpreting that as hoping it happens and the article being clickbait. Then you've got the people deciding Samsung have achieved the currently impossible in making a 100% safe phone that could never catch fire.
  • It's an uphill fight.
  • I came here looking for tips on Pokemon. #confused
  • I'm sure Sammy spent what it took to make sure that never happens again. But there are always those few idiots that will test the waters out there that will try to ruin it for everyone.
  • I think they did what they could to make sure that it doesn't happen on a Note 7 scale again. But they can't make batteries that are 100% failproof right now, and so we have to think about how people will handle it when such a failure happens.
  • . I find this artical full of hypocracy an what-ifs with a whole lot of click bait . . something I'd expect from the like of bgr and CNET you'd think with all the adds that you guys now have you wouldn't have to result to such things to garner more revenue for AC . Most of the general public has moved on ......you guys should to. Oh and , nothing is certain in this world and nothings 100% all the time that's a obvious answer to question that most of the general public is not worried about. The sun will continue to rise and the world will go on . Stop looking for a problem that doesn't exist yet
  • What a DRAMA QUEEN (an end result of too much exposure to social media) you are Mr. (Ms.?) Martonik. Too much hoopla 'bout nuthin'. Welcome to the weird(o) and wonderful world of Tech. lol
  • This is what will happen. Android Central will jump to conclusions and release a an article about how the sky is falling with a clickbaity headline.
  • You may want to go back and read through the way we handled the Note 7 news. We really didn't jump to any conclusions, and in many ways took the slow road to eventually recommending against buying or trading in for a fresh Note 7.
  • Your use of, "handled," is correct. Past tense. Except that you keep trying to create more FUD about it. Let....it......go
  • What FUD is here? I'm simply pointing out that no battery in any phone is 100% failproof, and the tendency of the media and general public to overreact to things may turn this into a bigger story that it should be. In fact, you're directly proving my point about overreacting about things with the way you're commenting on this story over and over again.
  • I'm not really directly proving your overreactions with any overreactions of my own. I am not the only reader who is tired of your note 7 drama. In your mind, the note is a permanent stain for Sammy. But you refuse to acknowledge that this is your opinion. Instead, it's supposed to be news. For regular businessmen and business women, it's a mistake for sure but not one that had happened before or that has been repeated (yet). The jury is still out. No one can say for sure either way that the problem has been resolved. But to make claims that the brand is dead and to constantly ask if Sammy can overcome is sensationalist at best and sophomoric at the worst. If you're banking on a Sammy failure while you beat your chest because of your predictions, it's my opinion that the predictions are going to fall pretty flat.
  • I am writing an editorial. It by definition is my opinion. Idk what else to say beyond that that could make you understand.
  • Bravo, today's editorial is an opinion. I never said it wasn't. Your previous articles and lack of a retraction about the Note line being damaged beyond repair/dead make your position clear. It really reads like you're trying to make a last ditch effort to be right, that Sammy won't be able to overcome the N7 hiccup, and to be able to say that you predicted the fall. Again, my opinion, but the data leads me to that conclusion.
  • What will Samsung do? Likely ignore it. What will we do? Make a couple of snarky remarks and move on.
  • You think Samsung can ignore a battery-related incident? I think it will have to be a bit more proactive than that.
  • I'm being facetious. Of course their collective hearts will stop. But let's not discount the fact that before the Note 7 went up in flames, this company released safe phones and had a pretty stellar track record.
  • Will another phone over heat in the world ......sure so what's the point of this article other then click bait . More then a few iPhone 7 over heated so the question is can it happen ....yeeeees . Will it happen after all the things samung said they did to fix the battery issues on the 1% of the note 7 that actually had the issue not likely. I'm I worried about my s8 plus over heating noooo . Heck I used to sleep with my note 7 in bed watching YouTube . Only thing I need to know is WHEN MY DAMN S8 DROPPING
  • Was just thinking about this. Public and indeed media don't know the friggin difference between S and Note and we have the unfortunate chronology of 7 to 8. The word Galaxy is in the name as well. I was hoping they'd change it to Galaxy Edge or whatever. There will be a fire or a few and the brand will suffer even more while Galaxy owners continue to be shamed. Sad.
  • Continue to be shamed .....really now your taking your self and your comment way way to to serious . It's clear you'd like nothing more then to see another repeat of the note 7 circus and overhyped Fiasco from the media and the likes of trolls like yourself . But i don't think that's gonna happen. Know matter how hard in your small demented mind you hope for that ain't going to happen
  • With these smaller batteries I would hope not
  • Of course everyone would hope not. The point is, nobody can make a lithium-based battery that isn't at risk of failing.
  • Wonder if the note fiasco was reason they went a little smaller on the batteries this time around? Would make sense that they want a little extra room in the chasis to prevent any issues, hence why the batteries are "small" compared to the s7/7edge even though they have larger screens (s8/8+)
  • Definitely would make sense for them to put some extra padding in there and not push the envelope.
  • I think its odd that some automaticlly assume the Gs 8 will catch fire. There was a GS 7 that supposedly caught fire but it wasn't as big a deal since it was only one (that I know of). I still have my gs7 and love how fast itbis with the Nova launcher and no overheating. I wouldn't think.the Gs 8 would be catching fire due to the extra protection they took in its manufacturing. Just my 2 cents though.
  • It won't ,but that's not good click bait ....you know the glass half full analogy. The drama gueen news ..man I'll tell you must be a slow day in the tech world. Real slow !!!
  • It's a Sunday and I'm writing an editorial ... just like we do on every single Sunday for the past 5 years. There's nothing "news" related about this.
  • Something like 3 Pintos caught fire back in the day that were sorta related to rear end collisions. The Pinto was forever remembered as the car that explodes when you get rear ended. It doesn't take much to create a stigma - especially now in the internet age. Ignore the naysayers. The topic is relevant and interesting and worth keeping an eye on.
  • Nobody's assuming the GS8 will catch fire — I'm specifically pointing out the statistics of the situation. Phones of all types and manufacturer have battery failures at a non-zero rate. The Galaxy S8 should undoubtedly have the safest consumer electronics batteries ever made — but that doesn't mean we're at the point where any company can have a 100% guarantee that its phones won't have battery failures. The question here, given the facts shown above, is how the news, general public, and Samsung will react to that situation.
  • There are a few that were able to comprehend what you wrote. It is actually a thoughtful piece. The problem does not lie in what was written, but in the preconceptions and hostility of the readers. It is as if some read a completely different editorial than I.
  • Thank you :)
  • No the problem lies in the title. It's obviously a title meant to drum up conflict and attention, not interest in a particular issue. He knew exactly what he was doing. The contents of the article are reasonable.
  • Wow you're stupid
  • Getting in early on the Google search results by speculation huh?
  • It's not speculation. It will happen.
  • Buy a Pixel phone.
  • Pixel phones are not immune to catching fire.
  • We want a phone that actually works and works well.
  • Me too! Plus I want pictures that'll actually be in focus. That's why my last three phones have been Samsung :)
  • How many iPhones caught on fire as opposed to note 7's last year?
    Why even start this ****?!
  • Lots of iPhones caught on fire. And that's exactly my point in the article. Some small percentage of ANY phone will have a battery failure — the question is how everyone will handle this when it happens.
  • Fortunately for me, I won't be upgrading to the S8+ until about November. So we should hear all about it by then
  • If several of them catch fire the first thing I'm going to do is go buy one, hope for a recall, but never return it. That's what I should've done with my Note 7.
  • And you'd have a completely bricked Note 7 today.
  • Actually no. There are many people still using their 100% battery capable Note 7 phones to this day.
  • Wrong
  • When or if*? Haha, you're so sure that it will happen, Andrew.
  • It will happen. A small number of phones of every model and manufacture catch fire every year. So it's not a matter if if it is a matter if when. Educate yourself.
  • All the Samsung fanboys in the comments are so patheically triggered.
  • What happens? Tech sites and blogs positively trip over themselves rushing to post the first story about how it's the same all over again! How it's the end for Samsung! It seems at least one of those sites couldn't wait.
  • It's going to take some time to repair your journalistic integrity, judging from the public's response to your frivolous rhetoric.
  • It's almost as if you didn't read the article?
  • why can't they encase the battery in a fire proof case inside the phone? that's what I would vote for, lol.
  • Instead of carbon fiber... Asbestos fiber!!!
  • I'm sure that even the Chinese assemblers (with their low safety standards) would draw the line at working with asbestos. Nomex ( http://www.nomex.com ) would be a safer choice.
  • I don't hold any ill-will towards Samsung because of the Note 7, but then again, I didn't buy one and have to go thru all that mess.
    I will be honest though. I really kind of want the S8, but I plan to wait a month just to make Sure Samsung did indeed fix the issue. (or I may just wait for the Note 8. I LOVE the Note line most of all.) But, when the Note 8 does come out, I will also wait a full month after release to buy one.
    I honestly do not think anyone has anything to worry about. I seriously doubt Samsung would let it happen again.
  • Currently on Verizon; S8 $720, S8+ $840, G6 $672, iPhone 7 Plus $769, Pixel XL $769, S7 Edge $696. The clock has officially run out for Apple. I've argued bitterly that the iPhone Edition IS NOT a competitor to the S8, the future Note 8 will be. The S8 is loaded with features and undercuts last year's 7 Plus by $49. To me, if you are not on a budget, the S8 is the device to have. You're right, the + is a bit excessive for the sake of being excessive. If you are on a budget, or you are primarily concerned with taking pictures, the G6 is the go-to device. It's only $24 more than last year's regular small screen iPhone and Pixel. As for what happens when one goes up, the internet will erupt in mass panic, but the device is so good, and has so many fans, I think it will blow over. If the replacement Note 7 had fixed the problem, that mess would have blown over. As long as there isn't a systemic defect, it will be ok.
  • So wrong. Apple will still sell gabajillions of apple things. If any clock is ticking it's on premium devices in general. Once the "cheaper" flagship alternatives have the same camera quality (or close enough) as the more expensive models, then maybe - just maybe - buying habits will start to change. Even then - Apple will still sell ridiculous numbers.
  • Just like bgr would write any article, AC will write anything just for the sake or writing. By writing these kinda articles you are giving people a reason to look for faults even though there wont be.
  • Lmaooooo, not even if
  • Probably still get it cause it's better than this pos note 4
  • iPhone fanboys and galaxy haters will start crowing about the end of the line for S8 owners and Samsung cover-up conspiracies. Main stream media will pick up on it and make it into something it isn't regardless.
    Galaxy Fanboys will pretend it never happened.
  • Probably best to miss the S8 and go for a device from a reliable manufacturer. Maybe come back for the S11 or S12.
  • I'll bet it took you all night to come with that comment .........go back to bed ..please ^^^
  • "The question for me is how responsible news outlets handle the information..." You mean like Android Central, who's already coming up with a scare story before the event even happens?
  • Wow you're stupid.
  • In what way is this a "scare story"? I really would love some examples of what you're thinking here.
  • Is this expected to happen? Have the S7 and S7 edge been catching fire?
  • Yes they have. Every phone with a lithium battery runs the risk of catching fire.
  • Yes, a non-zero number of Galaxy S7s have had battery failures. And they're still considered "safe" because a dramatically high % of them have no problems at all. No doubt the GS8 could be even safer, but that doesn't mean it can be 100% free from battery failures.
  • Better buy LG and sleep well at night
  • Every phone on the market is using a Lithium battery, they all have the same concern, so get off of Samsung, it's not the phone causing the issue it's the battery. Jeez.........you all in the media. Please state the facts.
  • Wow you are stupid and cleary didn't read the article
  • I said EXACTLY this in the article.
  • you know some as s hole will intentionally get one to go up in flames just to make SS look like crap!
    It will be the death of SS then
  • I love my bag phone still
  • What will we do??? buy the remaining units at a heavy discount!!!!!
  • That's easy. We'll blame you for jinxing it! Plus, it doesn't help when someone writes that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have the same battery technology, instead of >95% of devices in general have this type of battery technology, and that it can theoretically happen to any device with a lithium battery.
  • From the article, full quote: "And just like we've seen for years, some very small percentage of any given phone model — even prestigious brands like Samsung and Apple — will have instances of battery failures." and "But unlike the dozens of instances that happen every year with other phones, a new Galaxy phone catching on fire will unfortunately be headline news once again." Seriously, read the article. Fully. And then comment.
  • Hold on, which battery packs get USB-C right? I've got an Anker PowerCore 20100. Will I have issues once my S8 arrives?
  • The PowerCore seems to be one of the good ones. I want something a bit smaller though.
  • I will continue laughing at the fools buying these cheap samsung pieces of crap. People are easily fooled by marketing. And reviewers are easily bought out with free hardware. Maybe after the second annual samsung fires they'll remove their heads from their arses.
  • I don't agree with your comment - but your avatar pic thingy is hilarious.
  • Will blame androidcenteal for it
  • Pour water on it? After all it is water proof. So no damage done. Sheesh. You really getting paid to write such a paranoid article? I hope you are well prepared when all of your tech toys explode into flames all at once while you are in the middle of it. lol
  • What's up with the sensationalist clickbait title....like, really?
  • I have the s8+ and it has the best battery life out of any phone that have had