This is probably the last nail in the coffin for the Galaxy Note 7. After implementing a worldwide recall, in which Samsung was able to regain around 97 percent of the sold units of the infamous Galaxy Note 7, the South Korean company is now making its final move to disable use of the device even for the ones who chose to hold on to their units. Samsung is releasing an update to the Galaxy Note 7 devices out there, which will stop the devices from being charged. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
Essentially, with this latest update, Samsung aims to make the unreturned Galaxy Note 7 units unusable. In December last year, the company had done the same for Galaxy Note 7 users in the US, killing off device s use in the country. Back then, carriers including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint had also decided to cut off cellular service for the Galaxy Note 7, leaving it into an electronic brick — however, still with the potential to burst into flames. But the update like this one ensure that every Galaxy Note 7 dies discharged, and hence turning them into just bricks. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7 in August 2016, and soon after its release, multiple reports about the smartphone catching fire and exploding started to emerge. In September 2016, the company had to halt the production and replace the faulty units. When that didn t work, Samsung had to take a tough decision to withdraw the Galaxy Note 7 completely from the market, to avoid further damage. RELATED: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by two set of faulty batteries
Even after the recall and the widespread news of danger from the devices, there are many users, which have been still holding onto their devices, claiming that their Galaxy Note 7 work flawlessly.
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In order to persuade such users, Samsung had also launched multiple replacement and return programmes. For instance, in India, it offered Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge as replacement along with some exclusive offers to those who had pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in India.
However, ensuring that this nightmare remains in the past, Samsung is being very careful with its flagship Galaxy S8, by holding strict new quality assurance protocols. These include an 8-point battery safety check, which will address safety of batteries right from component level to their assembly and shipment of devices. Others include a durability test, a visual inspection, and also an X-Ray test to look for abnormalities inside the batteries. Lastly, the company will also conduct a large scale charge and discharge tests. ALSO READ: Samsung s Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco investigation misses out on one major problem with every smartphone