According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung has come to a conclusion on the cause for the Galaxy Note 7 fires that caused such a ruckus during the closing months of 2016. Surprise, surprise: it was batteries all along.
Although Samsung isn’t expected to release its official findings until January 23rd, a source within the company has already revealed the results of the report to the press. Although some had opined that a hardware design defect contributed to the cause of the fires (i.e. there not being enough physical space inside the chassis for the battery), all signs pointed to faulty batteries in the end.
According to the source, Samsung conducted repeated tests in its own laboratories and was able to rule out Galaxy Note 7 hardware shortcomings or any software deficiencies. This information, however, seems to run contrary to what took place when the first reports of battery fires came to light. Once Samsung realized that it had a big problem on its hands, it recalled the first batch of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which had batteries produced by Samsung SDI. However, replacement smartphones that included batteries produced by Japanese firm TDK also had the same propensity for catching fire.
Whatever the case, the Galaxy Note 7 saga will come to an end a week from today when the official report is released. It’s a rather unfortunate turn of events, considering that the smartphone was announced with much fanfare and won rave reviews for its features and performance (you can read Dave’s original review of the smartphone here).
Looking forward, Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy S8 family washes out the sour taste left in the mouths of customers burned by the Galaxy Note 7. The company’s next generation flagship is expected to feature a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage and an all-new exterior design with minimal display bezels.