Who would have known your phablet could double as body armor?
A man in Taiwan is recovering after he survived a gunshot on Monday when his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 phablet took a bullet for him.
As AppleDaily reports, a man named Han got into a street altercation after picking up a wallet dropped by another man and joked about using it to buy liquor.
The wallets owner, Xu, apparently didn’t think Han’s joke was very funny and attacked him. After a brief scuffle, Han reportedly pulled out a sickle, at which point Xu pulled out a gun and fired one shot from a distance of just 2-3 meters.
Han instinctively put up his hand to block the bullet, causing it to pierce through his arm as it continued directly towards his chest.
Luckily for Han, he had his Galaxy Mega phablet in his shirt pocket. The massive smartphone blocked the bullet from reaching any of his internal organs. He was then rushed to the hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery. Xu reportedly turned himself into police shortly after the incident.
In images provided by AppleDaily, the smartphone did not appear to have suffered much damage considering the circumstances. It is unclear from news reports on exactly what caliber weapon was used. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a giant 6.3”screen with a 3,200 mAh battery. It measures about 0.31 in thick and features a somewhat bulky, plastic build.
When the phablet was originally released last year, many in the United States squawked at its unusually large size. “It’s too big,” they said. “It won’t fit in my pocket,” they said. Let this be a lesson to you – bigger is better for more reasons than one.