Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Samsung has finally killed off the their Galaxy Note 7
Samsung has announced it's ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 around the world, pulling the plug on the phone for good after a months-long controversy over its defective, dangerous batteries. "Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” said Samsung in a statement, which follows the news yesterday that the company is recalling all Note 7 phones, including supposedly safe replacements.
Samsung issued the worldwide recall yesterday after at at least five replacement Note 7 handsets caught fire over the past week. "Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7," said the company in a statement. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission commended the move, with chairman Elliot Kaye saying: "It is the right move for Samsung to suspend the sale and exchange of all Galaxy Note 7s."
Consumers with a Note 7 (and that means any Note 7) are urged to power them down immediately and return them to wherever the devices were originally purchased. Carriers have issued statements letting customers know that replacement Note 7s can be exchanged for another handset from Samsung or other manufacturers.
The Note 7 was originally released in August to highly positive reviews, but before the month was out, the first reports of the phone's battery catching fire began to emerge. Samsung issued a recall of the original device on September 2nd and that same month began shipping out replacement Note 7s to carriers. However, these too have proved to be a fire risk, leading to the company's expected — but still momentous — decision to cease production altogether.
Although Samsung and the rest of the mobile industry will be dissecting what exactly went wrong here for years to come, early reports suggest that the fault might have been cause by the Korean company's desire to beat this year's 'dull' iPhone. Samsung is certainly not out of the mobile business despite this disaster, but recovery will be slow. Analysts cited by Reuters came up with a $17 billion dollar figure, based on lost sales of the 19 million Galaxy Note 7 units Samsung had originally expected to sell during the device’s lifetime. The company's shares tumbled eight percent today ($18.8 billion dollars), its biggest one-day decline in nearly a decade.