The Galaxy Note 7 saga is finally about to reach a definite end. After regaining about 97 percent of Galaxy Note 7 devices from recalls, Samsung is now set to issue an update which will render errant units of the smartphone left out in the wild effectively dead.
The update will stop all Galaxy Note 7 units left from being charged. Samsung had employed a similar strategy a few months ago in the US, where carriers like Verzon, AT & T, Sprint and T-Mobile had cut off cellular services for the Galaxy Note 7 rendering it useless as a smartphone. However, the device could still be used without mobile services as a media player or camera.
This update will ensure that all Galaxy Note 7 devices left globally will become completely dead and not endanger anyone’s safety.
Back in August 2016, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone that should have been the turning point in the Android – iPhone War, a device that was supposed to be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone’s dominance. However, reality turned out to be quite different.
All over the world, users started reporting instances of the Galaxy Note 7’s battery exploding which led to widespread recalls and even a ban on using the device in flight.
The company made matters worse with knee-jerk reactions and multiple recalls. The worst part was when the company issued new supposedly ‘safe’ Note 7 devices which ultimately turned out to have the same flaw as the one’s before.
According to various reports, the aggressive design of the Note 7 – trying to cram the biggest possible battery in the smallest possible frame – is what caused the battery explosions.
As a result, Samsung’s reputation took a nose-dive globally and the company had to turn their attention back to their Galaxy S7 line up of devices. Now, Samsung is banking on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ to become big hits critically and commercially and the company is taking strict measures to insure they don’t suffer from the same issues.
Samsung has introduced new quality control protocols which include a durability test, an 8 point battery safety check, a visual inspection and an X ray test to check for abnormalities inside batteries.
The Galaxy S8 is set to come with a 5.8′ Quad HD Super AMOLED display along with IP68 dust and water resistance, Samsung Knox, Samsung Pay, Wireless Charging, 4G LTE support and earphones tuned by AKG.
Additionally, the device is rumoured to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor – the Snapdragon 835 in the U.S and some European regions and the 3GHz Exynos 8895 processor in other regions including India alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card.