Samsung has finally completely opened up about the Galaxy Note 7 battery issues. USA Today has the news.
“Following an investigation that took months, Samsung Electronics has revealed the root causes behind those exploding Note 7 phones: design and manufacturing flaws associated with the lithium-ion batteries used in the phones, which were produced by Samsung’s battery suppliers.”
This was all suspected in the first place, but Samsung finally confirmed it. However, it was very interesting to hear that the specific reason for the explosions was very different from the first batch and the second “replacement” batch, which was released after the recall.
According to Mashable, the first batch involved a battery casing that was too small and caused an incorrect positioning of the negative electrode tip in the upper right corner of the battery. The second batch yielded an “abnormal” weld spot, which led to an internal short circuit.
One has to praise Samsung for finally coming forward about the issue. There have been arguments that Samsung waited too long, but it was important that they took time in their tests so the same mistake isn’t repeated. The results come after the company conducted large charge and discharge tests involving 700 engineers, 200,000 devices, and 30,000 batteries.
“We are taking responsibility for our failure to identify the issues arising out of the battery design and manufacturing process prior to the launch of the Note 7,” Samsung said in a statement, adding that the Korean company did not plan to take legal action against its suppliers.
Though Samsung has certainly wounded its brand, it’s not a severe wound; it’s one that can be fixed with an outstanding smartphone that will make everybody forget about the Note 7 disaster. The Galaxy S8 appears to be the band-aid Samsung will use to heal the wound.
According to Tech Radar, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be a huge upgrade from the S7 and S7 Edge. Some of the likely highlights include a 4K screen (on at least one version), a Snapdragon 830 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a massively improved camera. There is also a small possibility that the S8 will have a foldable screen, though that’s probably wishful thinking.
There could be two different versions of the S8, and both will come with curved screens. One could be a 5.7-inch regular version, and the other, the one that would have the 4K screen, will be 6.1 inches. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be announced next month and released in April. The day we can put our hands on this device can’t come soon enough.