The recent Mayan prophecy that the world will end on December 21, 2012 didn’t come true however the end came to some Samsung Galaxy S3 devices. Some users have reported that their S3 units have crashed and failed to reboot for no reason at all. From the information gathered from those that have this problem it seems that it is happening between 150 to 200 days of initial activation of the device.
The problem was first reported over at the XDA forum where a lot of people have already commented on this issue. There are currently 72 pages so far regarding this topic on the forum. The main culprit behind this initially points out to a hardware issue. Experts suspect that the NAND used by the device gets corrupted and fails at a certain time. This kills of the mainboard of the Galaxy S3 and bricks it.
Samsung is already aware of this issue and have already been replacing the affected units with new motherboards. While this may be good news for those who are affected by this, it might just be a temporary solution as the replacement might also have this problem.
Some of the comments of XDA members made are
“My phone died today. Was chugging along till 2AM yesterday night and then I dozed off with the phone connected to wall charger. Woke up and saw the green light on but the phone was unresponsive. I ‘long pressed’ the on/off button and the phone switched off (no vibration, so it probably died then). I pressed the on/off button again, no response. Removed the battery and tried again. Nope. Tried another charger, no response.”
“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.”
Samsung has still yet to make an official comment on this problem. The good new though is that they are replacing the mainboards free of charge with no questions asked.
The Galaxy S3 is the current flagship model of the company which was released last May. It sold a record 20 million units worldwide in its first 100 days alone.