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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Embroiled In TOTAL RECALL PR Disaster: Specs & Hardware Detailed

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Embroiled In TOTAL RECALL PR

 

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is FINALLY official. Here's everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note and when you can buy one

Samsung officially unveiled its sixth-generation Galaxy Note phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, on August 2 2016 at one of its special "Samung Unpacked" events in New York, USA. The latest Galaxy Note has skipped a number as Samsung allegedly wanted to keep the name consistent with the Galaxy S7 flagship series.

The new 5.7in Android-based phablet has, of course, been the subject of much gossip, rumours, and leaks ahead of its official launch. Although it's quickly becoming a tech-journo cliche, it's nonetheless true once again with the Galaxy Note 7 that with the wraps taken off there are not many surprises following a long trail of rumours which have revealed, mostly accurately, near every detail of the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung’s next BIG THING to hit up the rumour mill will be the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship, which is scheduled for launch inside early 2017 in its usual spot - likely a day or two ahead of MWC 2017 in late February or early March. However, in 2017 there is a MASSIVE potential curveball on the cards and it goes by the name of Samsung Galaxy X.

Why’s it a curveball? Simple: the Galaxy X — which is believed to feature multiple models — will be the first commercial handsets that are completely flexible, meaning you will be able to fold and flex them. Samsung has been developing this tech for years, and in 2017 it will finally be ready for public consumption.

How the Galaxy X will effect the Galaxy S8 remains to be seen. Will it replace it? That doesn’t seem likely given how much sway Samsung’s Galaxy S brand commands in today’s mobile space. What’s more like is that it will be a side-brand like the Galaxy Note series. But if the rumours ring true and the Galaxy X is a truly flexible handset the reaction from consumers could be HUGE.

I mean, the status-quo of mobile design hasn’t really changed since 2007, save for the advent of ever-larger displays. The Galaxy X and the technology behind it stands to seriously shake things up on the mobile front by showing consumers that they can have phones that change shape, flex and roll-up. I mean, just think about that for a second — it’s HUGE. And, importantly, it’d give Samsung a huge marketing advantage of Apple and pretty much everybody else in the space.

Interestingly, it seems the Galaxy Note 7 may be indicating a product shift for Samsung; it's the first Galaxy handset with a curved EDGE display that isn't explicitly named with the EDGE moniker bolted on the end and, what's more, it has been launched solo, without a flat-screen alternative model, like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 series. This has been enough on its own to get punters speculating about the possibility that all future Samsung flagship models may be single-model launches with a wholesale shift to curved EDGE displays, and without the need anymore to flag the feature in the naming convention, as it's now a familiar fixture for Galaxy fans.

Following the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, some new info gives further weight to this line of thought, Samsung's head of mobile, Dong-jin Koh, spoke to the Korea Herald during an interview in New York after the Note 7 event, where he said, "Samsung has considered that it would make the edge display as the identity of the Galaxy S smartphone lineup if the company can provide consumers differentiated user experience through software and user-friendly functions (for the curved screen)."

However, with the Galaxy X waiting in the wings with an innovative new form factor, we are left to wonder how long the fixed-curvature of the EDGE display will be around before fully flexible and folding OLED phones dominate the Samsung Galaxy portfolio.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Issued Over Battery Fire Issue: Sales Put On Hold

Oh dear. Things aren't looking too great for the Galaxy Note 7 right now. Following its expected enthusiastic launch and reception, little problems are starting to crawl out of the woodwork. First we heard how the Galaxy Note 7's S-Pen stylus could become jammed in its containment slot, and then reports started bleeding out that the handset was catching fire.

Initially we regarded this somewhat cautiously, as the handsets catching fire when consumers use dodgy third-party chargers are not at all unusual. However, it seems this is the real deal, this is not down to user error and Samsung has now issued some statements on the problem, as well as issuing a recall and temporarily halting sales. This is sure to put a damper on Samsung's bottom line and there are already reports of investor concerns and share prices dropping in reaction - a Reuters report claims the firm's market share value dropped by as much as $7bn.

Samsung's initial response from a spokesperson said, "In response to questions on Galaxy Note7, we are conducting a thorough inspection with our partners. We will share the findings as soon as possible. Samsung is fully committed to providing the highest quality products to our consumers."

Following this, the firm has now revealed more details.

"As of Sept. 1, a total of 35 claims were registered with Samsung's service centers at home and abroad. Only 24 units on a scale of 1 million were affected by the battery problem. By putting our top priority on customer safety, we've decided to halt sales [of Galaxy Note 7] and offer new replacement handsets to all customers."

So yes, you can get a replacement handset. According to reports, Samsung designed the Galaxy Note 7 battery cell, but the production was delegated to third parties, it's claimed one of these third party manufacturers has produced the batteries present in faulty units.