First, warm your hotplate to 200 degrees, second place the Samsung Note 7 onto the hotplate, after 2-3 minutes turn over, remove, and voila! You have just made yourself an “exploding” Samsung Note 7.
After having to recall 2.5 million handsets due to their unsafe lithium ion batteries causing minor “explosions,” Samsung got more bad news earlier this week after a few Chinese consumers came forward to claim that their Note 7s were also “combusting.”
However, Samsung has now denied these claims, along with pointing out that different batteries are used in the Note 7s on sale in China, the company was also quick to explain in a statement that the damage to the phones had been “brought about by heat from an external source,” according to the Financial Times.
Afterward, some took to the internet to ponder just what exactly the South Korean tech giant meant by this statement: “Is Samsung saying that Chinese Samsung users are cooking their own phones until they explode?”
Yes, that seems to be exactly what Samsung is saying. There have since been reports online that “cooking” a Samsung Note 7 on a hot plate or inside a microwave for 2-3 minutes creates a very similar-looking phone to the photos from the two Chinese Note 7 users. What’s on Weibo wonders if this is a new form of 碰瓷 (pengci)?
Literally translated, pengci means to “knock over porcelain.” It has become the term for a form of compensation fraud that is sweeping the nation, whereby desperate individuals hurl themselves in front of passing vehicles to fake accidents. Some are better at it than others.
Whether this is a case of fraud remains to be determined. However, Samsung needs to be careful in making such claims in China, lest they be accused of treating the Chinese consumer unfairly. “Whether this was a staged incident or not, all it does is make people think that Samsung doesn’t dare to raise a fuss overseas, but in China as soon as explosions are mentioned they blame other people. They are bullying the Chinese people,” wrote one Weibo user according to The Wall Street Journal.
Samsung’s main concern now is to restore confidence with both its consumers and investors. Already, reports from Twitter show that the company is re-selling the infamous model. Maybe they ought to take a page out of Huawei’s playbook and release a bullet-proof phone to change up their image a bit.
By Seamus Gibson
[Images via People’s Daily]