Owners of some Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones are complaining their devices are suddenly being bricked, a tech site reported over the weekend.
The Next Web quoted some owners who said the phone would no longer turn on again after being charged overnight, or after the screen is turned off.
"Users are reporting that the mainboards are the root of the problem and that the flash memory is becoming corrupted and failing, though the devices do seem to last somewhere between 150 and 200 days before dying,"
It added that while Samsung has not officially acknowledged the issue, users who sent their devices to repair centers say they have been told by employees the issue appears to affect many people recently.
The Next Web cited reports indicating Samsung is replacing the affected devices under warranty, whether or not people have rooted the devices or installed non-standard firmware.
But it also said Samsung is allegedly using the same revision for the mainboards, raising the possibility the problem may recur.
One comment cited by The Next Web said Samsung had told "multiple people" the issue is a hardware problem. — TJD, GMA News