Canadian carrier Videotron just received the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Lite for sale yesterday, but customers may want to buy with caution because the P10 and P10 Lite’s Plus brother, the Huawei P10 Plus, has now exploded in China.
Photos of the Huawei P10 Plus show that 6GB RAM/64GB ROM beast exploded, leaving evidence on a bed and flat surface of the incident. The phone itself appears to be well-charred, which is evidence that the phone indeed burned. Apparently, this all happened while the phone was still charging, as evidence that the 3,750mAh lithium ion battery housed inside swelled while under pressure from charging (heat is most likely the cause).
The Huawei P10 Plus isn’t the first smartphone to combust this way, as high-spec’d premium smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, have received this reputation in recent years. The most “note”-worthy explosion would have to go to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, the subject of two recalls last Fall after arriving on the market on August 2nd.
The Note 7 fiasco resulted in several models exploding on flat surfaces without any prior warning, some explosions occurring during the night while victims were asleep. Samsung will now re-release the Galaxy Note 7 as refurbished Galaxy Note 7 FE (“FE” for “Fan Edition”) with a smaller, 3200mAh battery, likely due to the potential risk that could occur by way of a larger battery size.
The recent explosions of smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 7, other Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and even the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has prompted Samsung to establish an 8-point battery check from the Galaxy S8 moving forward, and motivated LG to implement heat pipes into its new LG G6 smartphone. Of course, Samsung had a CPU cooling system in the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 – so heat pipes can’t guarantee an explosion will never occur.