While the launch of the Pixel phone was never perfect, most of the problems they showed were not necessarily critical. Sure, a bluish hue can affect color accuracy, accidentally closing apps can be annoying, and saving photos can be downright frustrating and depressing. However, recent reports about Pixel 3 are almost physically dangerous. Owners of the smaller phone claim that the phone is overheating while charging so that the phone shuts down to prevent a potential disaster.
Let's be clear: these reports have in common that their owners continue to use the Pixel 3 during the charging process. This will of course load the unit and increase the heat, but we are far from anything that would lead to an emergency shutdown. In fact, some manufacturers would boast of being able to play themselves while charging.
There seems to be no other pattern in the reports. Some only play music while others watch a livestream . Others, however, make a video call that may require charging the phone to prevent the phone from draining quickly. Some report the same behavior when using a wired charger, but some use the wireless charging, which often generates more heat than the wired one.
The charging circuitry of telephones normally avoids dangerous situations. Sometimes they throttle the charging process so much that the phone is actually no longer charged. The most extreme case is the shutdown of the phone, although this would continue the charging process.
Given the habit of people charging their phones while sleeping, often near their beds, this issue could pose a security risk. It does not seem like the problem is widespread and so far no reports have been heard for the Pixel 3 XL. Hopefully these are just a few flawed models, but their very existence could scare off potential buyers. If these owners do not just charge their phones wrong.