According to a new Bloomberg report, the reason behind Samsung’s exploding battery problem found within the Galaxy Note 7 is due to the company actually rushing the phone out to the market before Apple had a chance to release their quote-unquote ‘dull’ iPhone 7. Sources “familiar with the matter” gave this information to the publication, while it seems that Samsung’s executives are to blame for this issue.
See, when these heads of Samsung heard that the iPhone 7 wouldn’t be introducing a major redesign or any flashy features which could rip away Sammy’s potential customers, the company ultimately decided to “accelerate the launch of a new phone they were confident would dazzle consumers and capitalize on the opportunity.” This phone eventually became known as the Note 7 to us consumers, and to others as a safety hazard. Let me explain…
Since Samsung rushed the Note 7 out to the market, production of the device had to be sped up. And since Sammy kept pushing the phone’s capabilities by adding in a 3500mAh battery, producers of the phone remained under pressure which resulted in a faulty battery placement within the devices that ultimately was the cause of overheating and the explosions everyone’s heard about or even experience themselves.
But it wasn’t just the battery placement in the Note 7 that’s to blame. In fact, Bloomberg states the overall design of the Note 7 is faulty when it comes to power management. It’s unclear why this is so, but it definitely has something to do with the fact that this phone was seriously rushed out. In addition, one model of Samsung’s own in-house batteries has been in use by manufacturers to build these phones which also has proven to be faulty by being recognized as too big for the Note 7. Luckily for third parties, it seems that this whole ordeal is Samsung’s own fault and no partners with the company seem to be subject to partial blame.
All in all, this is an ugly turn of events for Samsung. Almost four weeks ago, the company announced that they were recalling the smartphone due to “battery problems.” Then just a week later, the US Safety Commission alongside the FAA recommended powering down your Note 7 and stop using it. Four days later, it was confirmed that a software update rolling out to the phablet would cap the battery charge allowed back into the phone at 60%. It’s still unclear just how effective this is, but we’ll keep you posted. Then just 48 hours later, an official recall from the US government requested that everyone return their Note 7 for an exchange from Samsung who will begin shipping out repaired units of the phone September 28th. But up until this point, it was extremely unclear why Samsung’s latest handset was experiencing these issues. Of course, this information isn’t confirmed by the company as of yet, but stay tuned to MBEDDED as we’ll have more on this subject when richer details emerge.
For more information, read Bloomberg’s full report on Samsung’s rushing of the Note 7 here.