Samsung Galaxy S3s are Suddenly Dying

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Samsung Galaxy S3s are Suddenly Dying
 

 

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In case you own a Galaxy S3 and have experienced a strange event – the phone turning off and not rebooting without any explicable reason – fret not, you’re not alone in this and apparently Samsung is aware of the situation.

A post on Reddit that’s currently amassing over 150 comments points us towards a special xda-developers discussion entitled “Ultimate GS3 sudden death thread.”

Started just over a month ago, that thread had 61 pages and 601 posts at the time of this writing, detailing various instances in which the Galaxy S3 suffered from such a sudden death experience.

Reddit user TurtleRecall summarizes the apparent problem:

The XDA thread has 56 pages (so far) [at the time of his comment] of people whose mainboards have suddenly died. The devices seem to last between 150 and 200 days before failing. Samsung are replacing them under warranty whether or not people have rooted the devices or installed non-standard firmware.

There’s speculation that the NAND is becoming corrupted and failing. Worryingly, Samsung are replacing the mainboards with the same revision so this may just be putting the problem off for another 6 months or so.

It happened to my S3 last week and I’ve never rooted or installed anything other than the official 3UK Samsung firmware, first ICS then JB. Samsung haven’t officially acknowledged that there’s an issue, but both the guy I spoke to in the authorised repair centre and the chap in the Samsung warranty call centre have said they’ve seen this issue a lot lately.

Tl;Dr – S3 mainboards dying for no reason, Samsung replacing mainboards for free, but no new hardware revision so it might just happen again.

This isn’t the first time we report an issue with a popular device, and this isn’t the first time we’re going to tell you that no device is perfect, no matter what OS it’s running, so certain problems are to be expected. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s okay for smartphones to behave like that.

With that in mind, we have no idea how widespread this issue is, and there is no comment from Samsung on the matter. However, we would a.ssume that only a limited number of Galaxy S3 units are suffering from this sudden death issue so far. Otherwise, we would have heard more from the angry masses.

Because tomorrow is December 21, we’ll make the obvious correlation and joke: is this Galaxy S3 dying a sign that the end is near?

Seriously though, we’re certainly looking forward for feedback from Galaxy S3 users out there. Have you experienced it anything like what’s described on Reddit and/or in the xda-developers thread?


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 Galaxy S3 ‘sudden death’ (mainboard?) issue affecting some owners

79 comments for "Samsung Galaxy S3s are Suddenly Dying"

 5 years ago '05        #2
Adamsville 131 heat pts131 OP
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I bet that HTC One X looking kinda good right now

 5 years ago '11        #3
rec1989 5 heat pts
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 Adamsville said:
I bet that HTC One X looking kinda good right now

 5 years ago '05        #4
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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 Adamsville said:
It happened to my S3 last week and I’ve never rooted or installed anything other than the official 3UK Samsung firmware, first ICS then JB.
This is for the international version. Last I checked, most posters here are in America. Yet another failure by Adam.
 5 years ago '06        #5
xFMx ALCHEMiST 262 heat pts262
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im kinda scared this will happen fu*k! rooted and modded too

gotta sell this before my Nexus ships sometime in January-Feb
 5 years ago '05        #6
Adamsville 131 heat pts131 OP
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Samsung bout to roll out that PR team very rapidly

I was gon fu*k with the S4 next year too, but now Im having second thoughts. It looks like Samsung has problems producing quality handsets.</concernedconsumer>


HTC >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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 5 years ago '05        #7
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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If I was Adam, I would ignore this ether below too:

 Adamsville said:
It happened to my S3 last week and I’ve never rooted or installed anything other than the official 3UK Samsung firmware, first ICS then JB.
 Y.G. said:
This is for the international version. Last I checked, most posters here are in America. Yet another failure by Adam.
 5 years ago '07        #8
Bleezy 10 heat pts10
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They're coming...
 5 years ago '05        #9
TheChief 24 heat pts24
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 Bleezy said:
They're coming...
so is your mom
 5 years ago '10        #10
FrankAndBeans 27 heat pts27
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 Y.G. said:
If I was Adam, I would ignore this ether below too:





I used to think some of yall be clowning each other, not being serious. But you so thirsty to have someone reply to you, you quoted yourself. This really is your life and you really care about this sh*t
 5 years ago '06        #11
JCSIII 72 heat pts72
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Has nothing to do with my American version
 5 years ago '05        #12
Y.G. 27 heat pts27
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 FrankAndBeans said:
I used to think some of yall be clowning each other, not being serious. But you so thirsty to have someone reply to you, you quoted yourself. This really is your life and you really care about this sh*t
The alias that has over 70% of his posts d!ck riding Apple has the nerve to say someone else doesn't have a life. Imagine that.
 5 years ago '12        #13
eCity 420 21 heat pts21
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So Sammy fu*kin up for the foreigners?

but HTC fu*kin up for us americans.. and thats who u choose to ride for
 5 years ago '06        #14
layzie8171 42 heat pts42
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another reach, as usual
 12-21-2012, 12:35 PM         #15
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Was about to purchase this..........might have to rethink this.
 5 years ago '05        #16
Adamsville 131 heat pts131 OP
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 FrankAndBeans said:
I used to think some of yall be clowning each other, not being serious. But you so thirsty to have someone reply to you, you quoted yourself. This really is your life and you really care about this sh*t
Its all love over here, I just like fu*king around with dem Samsung n*ggas
 5 years ago '11        #17
XxHeAtMaKeRxX 30 heat pts30
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Ls on top of Ls on top of.. more Ls

inb4


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oh.. too late

 5 years ago '06        #18
coolio 57 heat pts57
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HTC and apple fanboys are letting their buyers remorse get the better of them..both have been very desperate for any kind of win these last couple of months




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 5 years ago '05        #19
Adamsville 131 heat pts131 OP
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Samsung already apologizing for this incident. They say that they''ve been aware of the situation for months and have been and will continue to replace every phone that malfunctions. Apparently a shipment of their limited edition Mayan calendar S3s were sent out instead of the regular sh*tty GS3s. They have promised to increase the quality of their future products to a level as close to HTC as possible.


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Didnt happen to me
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