This Nexus 7 Reportedly Exploded While Charging

If you thought the Nexus 7 was a hot commodity, you'd be right. In one case in China, it was apparently so hot as to actually fry itself up.

The story originates on a Chinese forum, where the user claims the tablet was charging with its original charger when suddenly it began to smoke. Then, in a matter of seconds, the tabs innards were totally torched. Now there's no real way to vet the story, and even if it's true, it could have been the result of a power surge or something similar.

Nonetheless, Asus has apparently considered it legitimate enough and, according to several sources, has reached out to the user with a replacement tablet, regardless of what the cause of damage may have been. According to CNET, the (un)lucky owner will also be getting a free pair of Google Glass upon release, but it seems pretty unlike that Asus is going around promising people Google hardware willy nilly, and there's no evidence that Google itself has addressed the incident.

Google Glass or no, it looks like Asus is fairly willing to bet this is going to be a one time event by providing a free replacement. They maybe have opened up the market for Nexus 7 arson/insurance fraud though. [Baidu via Phandroid via CNET]



    How hard is it to add thermo sensors to these things? Sure, low voltage events like this are incredibly rare, in fact I'd be hard pressed trying to make a circuit heat up that much on purpose. ASUS has done the right thing, there is no way to determine how this happened, but the fact is, something which is designed for you to hold up to your face should never be capable of causing such a violent reaction, they should have these things disconnect from power (Both external and internal power) as soon as they get abnormally warm.

      It's a Nexus 7.

      If you're holding it up to your face, you're doing it wrong.

      Or else you should go see your optometrist for an eye test...

    Just went through 7 pages of the forum reading through all the replies (mostly irrelevant). On the 5th page, the original poster replies to everyone explaining that ASUS was happy to replace the damaged Nexus 7 with a new one. The part that everyone got regarding "a brand new replacement and a pair of google glasses" was just a joke from one of the users, ASUS was not giving out free google glasses as compensation.

    Also to note is that the Nexus 7 was imported into China as it isn't available for sale there.

      This gives me the goosebumps.

      I wonder if this could be something to do with the power rating in that part of China, or the conversion plug that was used since they weren't exporting it to China.

    I totally, completely believe that the user was indeed using the original charger.

    Really? Gee; I can't wait for the Apple fans to come!

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