Samsung Has Finally Determined What Caused Note7 To Explode
Samsung has conducted an internal investigation regarding last years Note7 and its exploding tendencies. The company has now finally found out after more than four months of investigation what caused the problems.
The problem seemed to have in, wait for it, the battery! Yes, according to Reuters the investigation found out that the reason the battery spontaneously combusted was a flaw in the battery. Well, to be honest it isn’t that simple and the fault could have been elsewhere.
For Samsung it must be hard to come to the conclusion – maybe that’s why it took four months – because the batteries were made in-house. The batteries built by Samsung SDI have been the prime suspect all along but the company has also suspected the battery controller.
Samsung had certified the batteries in their own CTIA laboratories unlike most companies that use a third party companies to make sure batteries are safe and work properly.
It seemed that Samsung managed to pivot from the catastrophic failure of fall 2016 to new models coming in early 2017. Thus, official statements of these sorts are probably going to be released when the damage can be minimized.
What Is The Galaxy Note 7
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (marketed as Samsung Galaxy Note7) is a discontinued Android phablet smartphone that was produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 2 August 2016, it was officially released on 19 August 2016 as a successor to the Galaxy Note 5. Although it is the sixth main device in the Galaxy Note series, Samsung branded its series number as “7” instead, so that consumers would not perceive it as being inferior to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy Note 7 is an evolution of the Galaxy Note 5 that inherited hardware components and improvements from the Galaxy S7, including the restoration of expandable storage and IP68 water resistance, and new features such as a dual-sided curved display, support for high-dynamic-range (HDR) color, improvements to the bundled stylus and new software features which utilize it, an iris recognition system, and a USB Type-C port. Demand for the Galaxy Note 7 on-launch was high, breaking pre-order records in South Korea and causing international releases to be delayed in some markets due to supply shortages. The Galaxy Note 7 also received positive reviews from critics, praising the quality of its construction, HDR support, as well as its streamlined user interface, although it was panned for its high price and increasing similarities in overall specifications to the main Galaxy S series phones.
On 2 September 2016, Samsung suspended sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and announced an informal recall, after it was found that a manufacturing defect in the phones’ batteries had caused some of them to generate excessive heat, resulting in fires and explosions. A formal U.S. recall was announced on 15 September 2016. Samsung exchanged the affected phones for a new revision, which utilized batteries sourced from a different supplier. However, after reports emerged of incidents where these replacement phones also caught on fire, Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide on 10 October 2016, and permanently ceased production of the device on 11 October. Due to the recalls, Samsung has issued software updates in some markets that are intended to “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices“, including restricting battery capacity, and blocking their ability to connect to wireless networks.
The recall had a major impact on Samsung’s business in the third quarter of 2016, with the company projecting that its operating profits would be down by 33% in comparison to the previous quarter. Credit Suisse analysts estimated that Samsung would lose at least US$17 billion in revenue from the production and recall of the Galaxy Note 7.
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