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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 – Recalled

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the thought to be the smartphone to top all smartphones. The phone's highlights included: A dual-curved screen A rounded

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the thought to be the smartphone to top all smartphones. The phone’s highlights included:

  • A dual-curved screen
  • A rounded back for comfortably in the hand while using the S Pen. And continuing
  • A water resistant device and S Pen

We’ll also throw in some pretty cool commercials, like this one, featuring that dude that’s in all of Quentin Tarantino’s movies.

Now, you can add fire hazard to that list as well.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has now categorized the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as a “serious fire and burn hazard”. This comes after reports of phones catching fire in cars and numerous homes. To be specific, Samsung received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of people receiving burns and 55 reports of property damage. The danger was so high that numerous airlines and airports had banned them from airplanes.

The Cause

It’s now been revealed that the fire hazard is primarily attributed to the device’s lithium ion battery. Similarly to last year’s trend of choice, the overboard, these batteries have a huge tendency to overheat and catch fire.

The Effect

The effect of this sweeping recall, is bring the promotional products industry to a screeching halt, particularly when it comes to phone case manufacturing. Distributors looking to push the sell of custom branded cases and accessories for the Note 7 will have to wait until the phones are fixed and, again, ready hit the market..

But, lets not overlook the source of all this distress –the lithium ion batteries. This problem goes beyond the battery itself, and seems to be fault of design of the phone itself. In an effort to construct an extraordinarily thin device, Samsung created a hazard.

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According to CNET, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s construction included a manufacturing error that “placed pressure on plates contained within battery cells,” which forced positive and negative poles to touch.

“The thin plastic layer that separates the positive and negative sides of the battery got punctured, became the shortest route for the electricity to zap across the battery (that’s why they call it a ‘short-circuit’), and became a huge fire risk,” said CNET.

The overall manufacturing goal was to make the device as powerful, while having it has compact as possible.

Samsung’s solution for the replacement phones is to source the batteries from an alternative supplier.  For more information, check out this video from Samsung president and chief operating officer, Tim Baxter.

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