Cursed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 dead forever?
Seoul, Samsung Electronics has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, a report said on Monday, a month after a recall prompted by battery explosions and a day after two major overseas distributors halted replacements.
It’s not clear, if Samsung will restart the production on kill this model forever, considering the bad reputation it has picked up.
Samsung told media it was “adjusting the production schedule to ensure quality and safety matters”. It issued a recall of the Galaxy Note 7 in September and later assured customers that the fixed devices were safe.
But there have now been several reports of replacement phones starting to emit smoke.
In a further blow, two US mobile networks have stopped replacing or selling the phone.
The AT&T and T-Mobile networks said they would no longer replace the devices in the US, while the latter said it would halt all sales of the phone.
The new incidents raise questions about Samsung’s initial explanation of the battery problem. Last month, the company said it was caused by one of its battery suppliers, which the company says it has stopped using and hadn’t used for any of its replacement phones in the U.S.
In addition, air travelers have been told not to turn on their Galaxy Note 7 devices during flights, regardless of whether they are replacement phones.
Samsung’s devices aren’t the only electronics to catch fire. Lithium-ion batteries, which currently power many mobile devices in addition to Samsung’s, have been known to catch fire. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has previously said they have recorded 171 incidents involving batteries aboard aircrafts from 1991 to January of this year.