Another phone explodes, and it’s the infamous Nord again!
“Hey, did you hear? There’s a new patakha in the market! Its a bit expensive but boy sure does it make one hell of a blast!”
This shouldn’t be the catchphrase for the marketing campaign of any smartphone. But seems like OnePlus is trying to make it a reality- with the second OnePlus Nord 2 blast reported today in Dhule, such marketing does not look like a far future.
@OnePlus_IN Never expected this from you #OnePlusNord2Blast see what your product have done. Please be prepared for the consequences. Stop playing with peoples life. Because of you that boy is suffering contact asap. pic.twitter.com/5Wi9YCbnj8
— Suhit Sharma (@suhitrulz) November 3, 2021
Just when OnePlus was creating hype for its Nord 2 Pac-man edition, a person by the name Suhit Sharma shared pictures of an exploded onePlus Nord 2 along with (graphic) images of an injured person with the caption. “Never expected this from you #OnePlusNord2Blast see what your product has done. Please be prepared for the consequences. Stop playing with people’s lives. Because of you, that boy is suffering contact asap.”
Oneplus was also quick to respond to this, with a reply to the original tweet as “Hi Suhit. Please connect with us over DM so we can look into your claim.”
According to the original tweet, it looks like the Nord 2 exploded inside the pocket of the user, seriously burning his/her thigh part. The injury looks really serious but it’s unclear what may have caused the phone to explode. Regardless to say, OnePlus has some explaining to do as this is the second Nord 2 blast reported this year.
A smartphone exploding, that too in 2021, should be worrying. It’s unfortunate to see that it’s been 5 years since the Galaxy Note 7 incident, and smartphone companies are still designing unsafe smartphones. Not to mention, this isn’t the first time any Nord has exploded. Back in September, a similar thing happened when a OnePlus Nord 2 exploded in the gown of a Delhi based advocate. This does, and it should raise questions about the safety of the Nord 2 and the direction OnePlus is going with its smartphones.
After all, a phone exploding once may be limited to that specific unit, but it happening multiple times means you’ve got a serious design flaw.
Sure, packing a phone with the latest features while keeping the cost to minimum means you have to cut some corners – but safety should never be one such cut corner.
Back then during the Galaxy Note 7 incident, Samsung called back all the units regardless of if those had issues or not. It costed the company a fortune but it was the right thing to do. That said, it would be interesting what steps OnePlus takes for the Nord 2 blast.