Galaxy Note 7 fires caused by oversized, faulty batteries — Samsung

Allan Goodman
January 21, 2017

Samsung's report will apparently conclude that the Samsung SDI batteries did not fit in the phone properly and that's what caused explosions.

Previous independent investigations surrounding the Note7 concluded that the Note7s extreme thinness contributed to the battery issues, compressing the battery to the point where the "critical polymer separator layers that keep the battery safe" were compromised.

A person familiar with the matter earlier told Reuters that Samsung's investigation concluded that the battery was the main reason some of the smartphones caught fire. Time waits for no man, which means we have more news on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery issue today.

Though Samsung hasn't publicly revealed the root cause just yet, the Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources places blame on Note 7 batteries that were irregularly sized, causing overheating.

The South Korean conglomerate was forced to discontinue its flagship Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fire, with the debacle costing the company billions in lost profit and reputational damage.

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Note7, which was released in September 2016, was first replaced and then ultimately recalled due to multiple incidents of device exploding due to unknown reasons. Unfortunately, the problems didn't stop. The company has finally completed testing of the new OS in its devices and rollout of the same should begin in the coming days, if it hasn't already started.

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The report seems to finally explain why so many users' Note 7s unexpectedly caught fire previous year. Since the Galaxy Note 5 didn't launch in the UK, Galaxy Note 4 users will not be able to enjoy the latest OS on their devices.

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