A Samsung Galaxy Note9 caught fire in a woman's bag

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 explodes inside woman\'s purse in New York

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A NY woman is suing Samsung after she claims the company's Galaxy Note 9 smartphone started smoking and caught fire inside her purse.

According to Diane Chung's legal claim, her Note 9 suddenly felt significantly hotter while she was using it inside an elevator.

She then heard whistling and screeching sound as smoke appeared from her purse, the woman alleges.

The woman then tried to empty the contents of her purse on an elevator floor but to no avail. In her lawsuit, Chung is seeking unspecified damages and a restraining order to bar the sales of Galaxy Note 9. A Samsung spokesperson told the publication, "We have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note 9 device and we are investigating the matter". As she was alone in the elevator, the woman reportedly panicked and her visibility was also compromised due to the thick smoke.

Samsung have taken a lot of measures with the safety of their batteries with not just the added safety check but also deliberately not pushing the envelope with battery size and/or charging speeds. According to the New York Post, Chung recalled that she placed her Galaxy Note 9 in her purse at that time, having noticed that the newly purchased device had become "extremely hot".

"The mobile didn't stop burning until a good Samaritan grabbed it with a cloth and plunked it into a bucket of water", the report notes. What makes things even more disturbing is that it comes following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle where several units were reported spontaneously catching fire, causing Samsung to discontinue the device.

Everyone remembers the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note7 saga all too well.

Prior to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's release in August, the company's mobile head, D.J. Koh, assured consumers that the device's battery is "safer than ever". At 4,000mAh, it is the biggest battery found in a device that is marketed under the Galaxy Note brand.

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