POCO M3 blasts in India; investigation underway
A new smartphone blast incident has surfaced in India and this time it is a POCO phone. Last week, a Twitter user Mahesh (@Mahesh08716488) had shared a picture of his brother's burned POCO M3 unit. However, he soon deleted his tweet without providing more details on how the incident occurred. POCO has acknowledged the case and has started its investigation on the same.
Why does this story matter?
Smartphones catching fire or exploding is not a new thing. This year alone, we have reported a number of cases ranging from OnePlus Nord 2 blasts to Samsung Galaxy A21 catching fire on a flight. Reasons like manufacturing defect, processor overloading, using third-party chargers, or physical damage to the battery may cause a smartphone to catch fire or blast.
Here is what POCO said about the M3 blast
In an official statement, a POCO India spokesperson has said that "our team contacted the concerned customer as soon as the issue was notified and is awaiting his visit to the nearest service center." "We are committed to examine the issue in detail, and extend all our support to the customer and resolve this on priority."
Another POCO smartphone had blasted in September
In September, a similar incident was reported when a POCO X3 Pro exploded after removing the unit from charging. At the time, POCO had concluded its investigation by saying that it was a case of "customer induced damage."
The phone has a Full-HD+ LCD display
As far as its specifications are concerned, the POCO M3 features a waterdrop notch design with a narrow bottom bezel, plastic body, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The handset bears a 6.53-inch Full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) IPS LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It comes in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black color options.
It sports a 48MP main camera
The POCO M3 is equipped with a triple rear camera setup comprising a 48MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, a 2MP (f/2.4) macro snapper, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth lens. For selfies and video calling, there is an 8MP (f/2.1) front-facing camera.
It draws power from a Snapdragon 662 chipset
The POCO M3 is powered by a Snapdragon 662 processor, paired with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Under the hood, it runs on Android 10-based MIUI 12 and packs a 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support. For connectivity, the device offers support for dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, a headphone jack, and a Type-C port.