Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 catches fire in woman's purse

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An alleged incident has been reported by the New York Post detailing what may be the first case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's battery catching on fire.

NY resident Diane Chung has filed lawsuit against Samsung after her Galaxy Note 9 caught fire, seeking a ban on the phone's sales, a report said.

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She placed it in her purse, but soon noticed smoke coming from the pouch.

The woman then tried to empty the contents of her purse on an elevator floor but to no avail. Sensing that her shiny new Galaxy Note 9 was starting to get hot, she put it in her bag as she rode an elevator of a Bayside building.

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Other rumors claim that Samsung will follow in rival Apple's footsteps and release three variants of the Galaxy S10, each in different sizes and with a varying numbers of cameras. According to a report by NYPost, her new flagship device had combusted in her purse while she was in the elevator alone on 3 September.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched with minimal upgrades and a lot of clarifications last month. A man had to use a cloth and immerse the device in bucket of water to put out the flames. The issue, which the company says is the only one reported, has triggered memories of the battery explosions in dozens of Galaxy Note 7 devices. That said, it also crammed in its largest battery so far, paired wit the fastest mobile processor in the market this year. The latter recall was required after it was found that there were close to 100 cases of Note 7 units catching fire in the US alone, as noted by Wired. Once she reached the lobby and the elevator door opened, she kicked the burning hot Galaxy Note 9 out of the lift. The Korean smartphone company, however, said that it had not received any reports of such incidents and was probing the matter.

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A Samsung spokesperson had responded by saying "Samsung takes customer safety very seriously and we stand behind the quality of the millions of Galaxy devices in use in the United States".

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