When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7, they knew that the device would be hot, but just not THIS hot! Just a few days ago, it was looking like the South Korean giant was about to leave the Note 7 recall disaster behind and move ahead, but that is not very likely as of now. After an allegedly "safe" Galaxy Note 7 caught fire right inside a Southwest Airlines plane which was leaving for Baltimore from Louisville, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has stepped in. In the words of Chairman Elliot Kaye, they are "moving expeditiously to investigate this incident." He also advised Note 7 owners to switch off their phones for now and hinted at the possibility of a refund from the manufacturer.
Samsung has withheld its statement on the matter until a full investigation regarding the incident is carried out. If it turns out that the smoking Note 7 which burned right through the carpeting of the plane is indeed a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was marked as safe, the blow to Samsung's reputation and business would be tremendous to say the least. A second recall could also cost the company a billion dollars or more, in addition to the losses it suffered during the first recall.
Saikat Kar (Tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 7 FE or "Fan Edition" is now officially on sale and if you wanted to own one last year, you can do so now a year later! Of course, you will need to be in South Korea to buy one in the first place. If you are a fan of the device and would like to import one into the US, I am not sure if that's even allowed at this point of time. While the handset should now legally be allowed on flights, I am not entirely sure how airport authorities will feel about importing a Galaxy Note 7 on an aircraft. Nevertheless, it's here in Korea in all its glory for us to gawk at.
With almost identical specs, the Galaxy Note 7 FE looks and feels exactly like it did last year and that's to be expected, given that the only change is the battery being shrunk down to 3,200mAh. The combination of the QHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 8890 SoC, 4GB of RAM and the S-Pen makes the Galaxy Note 7 still a great smartphone to buy. In fact, at the reduced price of only KRW 699,600 ($606 roughly), it's a very good deal for the ones who don't mind the chip from last year. Only 400,000 units of the handset will be sold in the country and they will be exclusive to three local telecom carriers.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)