Samsung's report into its exploding Galaxy Note7 and the unprecedented worldwide recall it caused has just been released, and there's one obvious difference it will make for the future phones you buy: they'll have an internal rollcage protecting the battery even when dropped. That means your next Samsung might be thicker, and definitely sturdier, than the one it's replacing.
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Samsung's Galaxy Note7 fiasco continues. After recalling faulty devices, pushing battery-limiting software updates, issuing replacements, then recalling all Galaxy Note7s and halting production entirely, the company is doubling down on limiting the explosive potential of any Note7 still in the hands of a customer.
After a battery fault in the handset caused overheating and fires, Samsung launched an official recall of the Galaxy Note7 in Australia (and worldwide) on 2 September, with replacement handsets arriving in the country on 22 September.
Now, following reports of the replacement handsets also catching fire, shipments of all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones to Australia have been put on hold.
After recent mass recalls of the Galaxy Note7 in response to a manufacturing fault causing battery fires, Samsung has confirmed (safe) replacement stock will be available from today -- along with software updates to the original recalled devices to limit the battery to 60 per cent.
Here's what you need to do if you're a Note7 owner.
If you have a Galaxy Note7, and still haven't switched off and taken it back, do it. Not only is it at risk of catching fire, as of next week Samsung will begin rolling out a software upgrade that will limit the battery to 2,100 mAh of its 3,500 mAh capacity.
This is in an effort to protect you from your phone catching fire. I don't mean to overstate the point at all, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy Note7 your phone can catch fire. Seriously, just switch it off and take it back.
As part of Samsung's worldwide recall affecting over a million Galaxy Note7 smartphones, every owner of a Note7 in Australia -- even if they bought the phone overseas or online -- will be contacted proactively to arrange their choice of a replacement phone, a full refund, or an expert repair. No battery fire incidents have been reported in Australia, but the company is taking unprecedented steps to address any potential issue to keep customers happy.
With a full recall from Samsung expected to be announced imminently, Australian retailers are pulling the Galaxy Note7 from shelves. "Sales of the Galaxy Note 7 have been paused while we investigate," Samsung has confirmed to Gizmodo, referring to reports of the handsets catching fire.
JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have all removed the phone from sale whilst they await further news from Samsung.
Samsung's newest phone is its best phone ever. But that's no surprise -- we've said that about every flagship Samsung release for the last couple of years. No, what's interesting is why the new Galaxy Note7 stands out from the crowd -- and it's not because of its world-first iris-scanning biometric unlocking.