What was supposed to be Samsung’s moment of glory has gone up in smokes, quite literally. In a bid to launch the Galaxy Note 7 ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7, Samsung ended up shipping Galaxy Note 7 with a manufacturing defect that led to the phone’s batteries exploding and setting people, their homes and cars on fire. The exploding battery fiasco has led Samsung to delay the launch in many markets, including India, and also had to recall devices from markets where it already went on sale. Samsung was supposed to launch the Galaxy Note 7 in India on September 2 but BGR India has learned that the India launch would now happen only around Diwali. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42Also Read - Galaxy A22 replaces M42 5G to become the cheapest 5G Samsung phone in India
The Diwali launch does hamper Samsung s initial plans of releasing the Galaxy Note 7 before Apple s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, both of which are set to go on sale in India starting October 7. The battery fiasco has been a nightmare for Samsung and its now showing any signs of ending soon. Even after replacing the units with faulty battery, a Galaxy Note 7 with safe mark reportedly exploded in China, causing minor injuries to two fingers of the owner, while also burning his MacBook. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
Things don t stop there; US-based airline safety regulator FAA has urged passengers to not carry the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onboard an aircraft. The aviation regulator DGCA has also banned the use of the phablet in aircrafts, by asking users to switch off and not to charge the Galaxy Note 7 while on flight. To make matters worse, Samsung s four year old Galaxy Note 2 also caught fire mid-air in an Indigo flight from Singapore to Chennai. While the situation was perfectly handled by the cabin crew and the plane landed successfully, DGCA is reportedly banning all Galaxy Note smartphones from being used or charged in flights. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 catches fire in an IndiGo aircraft, DGCA advises all Galaxy Note devices to be switched off during flights
The replacement units are also reportedly facing overheating, battery drain issues too. Samsung clearly wants to ensure that the 2.5 million devices that it shipped globally are first recalled, whereas the ones that go on sale are put through quality control tests. For Samsung, it now becomes increasingly difficult to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Note 7, and it remains to be seen how it could turn things around. ALSO READ: Here s the real reason why the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 batteries are exploding
The company has already announced that those who pre-booked the Galaxy Note 7 in India will get the Gear VR headset for free, which is priced at Rs 7,290 and was available to them for Rs 1,990. Samsung will also give these customers an Oculus content voucher worth $50 to these customers. ALSO READ: Here s how to tell if a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unit is safe
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specifications
Priced at Rs 59,990, the phablet flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED dual-edged curved display covered with Corning s latest Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy Note 7 is powered by Samsung s Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot with support for up to 256GB.
The Galaxy Note 7 is equipped with Samsung s 12-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/1.7 with PDAF, dual pixels technology and dual LED flash. Up front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Armed with a 3,500mAh battery and support for fast charging and wireless fast charging, connectivity options include USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and Bluetooth 4.1.
The Galaxy Note 7 and the S Pen stylus are both certified for water and dust resistance. It also features an always-on display and heart rate sensor. The S Pen stylus on the Galaxy Note 7 comes with improved functionality including translation feature, crop videos and convert to GIFs and more.