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Nexus 7 Explodes and Melts, Leaving Decorative Horse Imprint (See It?)

Authored by: Steven Blum — Nov 12, 2012

It's not every day a Nexus 7 explodes and then melts, leaving a beautiful imprint of a horse on its charred remains. But that's exactly what (allegedly!) happened to a Chinese owner of the device. 

According to the Chinese forum where these images were posted, the likely-forever-scarred owner of the device had only left the Nexus 7 charging for a total of 3 hours before it spontaneously combusted. While certain folks have, in the past, faked photos like this (by sticking their devices in microwaves and other stupid places) there was no immediate evidence of foul play.

Here are a few more, oddly entrancing, photos of the damaged device:

According to Android Soul, the owner of the device left it charging at night and woke up to the site of this, as well as a whole lot of smoke. He contacted ASUS and was sent a replacement Nexus 7 immediately, which is pretty impressive. It seems ASUS is taking the case seriously and thoroughly investigating the cause of the explosion.

I always want to believe these owners, but the Internet has taught me to be suspicious of folks looking for link backs. What do you say about the pics: real or microwaved?

Source: Android Soul

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • Gio A. Nov 12, 2012 Link to comment

    Ahm gangnam style.

  • C. Pieterek, I am awarding a gold star to you for that comment (in my brain, at least). Hilarious. Now put some pants on.

  • I would think the owner would have noticed it getting very hot around his family jewels if this story is true. That sure looks like the imprint of a very tacky belt buckle to me. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't charge my phone with my pants on!

  • LOL I see a seahorse!

  • If the bottom of the burn is the rump and the nexus logo us the face then I see a pig!

    I won't run screaming from nexus 7s until their are a few repeats.

  • I'm firmly in the horse camp, but the nose is quite elephantly long.

  • I was thinking the same thing! It looks remarkably like an Elephant's hide!

  • Linda Nov 12, 2012 Link to comment

    I don't see a horse I see an elephant in the picture.

  • I suppose it's possible, but I'll wait until there's a little more proof to believe this one. Must be a ghost in the machine trying to get out.

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