The fiasco over the phone wiped out billions of dollars of profits and tarnished Samsung's brand around the world. Given that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are now receiving their Android Nougat update in a worldwide release, we can expect the flagship's more rugged variant, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, to follow suit shortly. "However, the prototypes aren't final and could change", a report from The Wall Street Journal read.
There's also an unconfirmed rumour circulating that Samsung plans to hold an event in March in NY to launch the phone, and it will go on sale on April 18. That I understand but what did trigger fires in such conditions? The South Korean company, which dedicated a team of 700 to test 200,000 phones and 30,000 batteries, says two suppliers are responsible for two separate battery problems. Manufacturers like the batteries because they weigh less and pack much more energy into the same space than other types of batteries. The first battery that led to a phone recall was basically too big, according to the investigation, leading to complications that caused the phone to overheat. A highly technical explanation of Note 7 problems boiled down to the relatively large battery cells not fitting well into their pouches, with not enough insulating material inside. "No", said Park of the Korea Electronics Technology Institute.
Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy, said the odds of two different suppliers having issues with the same phone are extremely low.
To reassure customers, Samsung also discussed steps it was taking to ensure product quality at every level of product development, including an eight-point safety check for batteries.
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"We provided the target for the battery specifications", Koh said. "SDI is expected to continue supplying batteries for Samsung's next flagship smartphone, which would help the company see recovery in earnings starting from the second quarter". That may suggest a breakdown both in communication between Samsung and its suppliers and in quality control and testing.
Samsung said that although those tests were protocol in the past, the company has now implemented "new and enhanced" safety measures with the aim of "zeroing in on areas for improvement".
In the short term, there could be concerns from consumers about lithium-ion batteries after Samsung disclosed that two manufacturers had made serious mistakes.
Samsung said it also will seek advice on battery safety and innovation from a group of battery experts. It was first introduced in the ill-fated Note 7, where it worked well, so we'd be surprised if it wasn't brought over into the company's main flagship range. And before Note 7 units began igniting, the model was on course to be a grand slam.