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Just as Samsung was setting up to restart the sale of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with a new batch of safe devices, a new report from China has come in where a customer in Guangzhou is claiming that his brand new and "safe" Galaxy Note 7 exploded within a day from the date of purchase. Bloomberg reports that Hui Renjie, a 25 year old man from Guangzhou, China, got minor burns on his fingers after his Note 7 exploded. Ironically, it allegedly also burned his Apple MacBook in the process!


According to Renjie, someone from Samsung did contact him after the incident and asked to remove the device, but he declined in favour of going public with the incident. In reply to the incident regarding the exploded smartphone which was supposedly marked as safe, Samsung has issued the following reply via e-mail.


"We are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it,"


It should be noted that Samsung had excluded China from the global recall of the Note 7, by citing the reason that the ones sold in China sport batteries that are different from the hazardous ones supplied by Samsung SDI. We will soon find out if this is an isolated incident, a faked one or if the Galaxy Note 7 really is still as "explosive" as before!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



After what has been roughly three and a half months since the Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued, Samsung has finally disclosed its findings regarding the cause behind the exploding smartphone. Just like previously thought, Samsung blames the batteries used inside the Note 7 for causing the safety hazards that the phone did, back when it was still being sold.


700 engineers worked with 200,000 Note 7 smartphones and 30,000 batteries used in those phones to reach the following conclusions.


1. The first batch of batteries which were supplied by Samsung SDI had curved corners which resulted in the electrodes inside the casing to bend. As they bent and came into contact with each other due to heat or pressure, fire and explosion became inevitable in certain cases.


2. After the first recall, Samsung equipped the next batch of Note 7s with batteries supplied by Amperex Technology Ltd. In a bizarre coincidence, these batteries also turned out to be faulty and began to catch fire as a result of inadequate welding and subsequent internal short-circuits. This was probably brought on due to the tremendous pressure of manufacturing millions of batteries in an impossibly short time.


As Dong-jin Koh, the chief of Samsung Mobiles explained all this in a press meeting, he also confirmed that the Galaxy S8 will indeed be delayed this year, and therefore, we will not see the device at the MWC next month.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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