Just when you almost forgot about what a terrible time Samsung’s been having, a literal garbage fire broke out at the company’s battery supplier in Tianjin, China. The cause? Discarded faulty batteries.
Reuters reports that it was just a “minor fire”, but we all know that this is a major “screw you” for the company that lost a reported $US5.3 billion ($6.9 billion) in profits due to exploding Galaxy Note7 phones. That extended nightmare, of course, was also caused by faulty batteries that were made by Samsung SDI, the aforementioned victim of the garbage fire. It’s so far unclear if the discarded faulty batteries were related to the Note7 debacle. The local fire department reports that the “material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products”.
Let’s hope, for Samsung’s sake, that those half-finished products were not the long-awaited Galaxy S8 devices. Let’s also be thankful that there were no casualties reported from the garbage fire. Hasn’t Samsung suffered enough?