Galaxy Upgrade Program, Note 7

It’s been more than a couple months since Samsung announced that their flagship smartphone ‘Galaxy Note 7’ is no more but the wounds of its explosions still have some residual pain. And that’s because we are still unaware of the ‘true’ cause behind the repeated blasts, which were reeking havoc among the masses.

The Galaxy Note 7, which packed in a beautiful 5.7-inch curved display, iris scanner, and amazing new features was termed the best phone of 2016. But fast-forwards a couple weeks, we witnessed reports of an initial Note 7 blast surface on the interwebs. In no time, the Galaxy Note 7 became a detonating device and a piece of junk for users and trolls. Due to the insistent fires, Samsung had to announce the demise of the device and recall all devices from existing users. The company couldn’t wait for another phone to go kaboom! before taking a strict measure.

The Korean giant has since internally been investigating the cause of the blasts for months and reports now suggest that it is now complete, reports The Investor. The publication mentions that Samsung has ‘reportedly completed its internal investigation’ but is not ready to share the deeds of the explosions with the public just yet. It has already compiled the data and submitted its findings to external laboratories such as Korea Testing Laboratory, American safety organization UL, and others.

The public has waited long enough to hear the root cause for the repeated explosions of their Galaxy Note 7 devices. We now are extremely close to figuring out what exactly was wrong with these Samsung devices. There have been numerous speculations which are of the opinion that the smartphone has a design flaw which snuck in due to Samsung’s focus on beating the iPhone 7 lineup to the market.

A recent teardown of the smartphone, on the other hand, has revealed specific details about the design flaw in the Galaxy Note 7. This states that the smartphone blew up because of the battery enclosure being smaller than expected — the internals had been crammed into the device to launch a phone slimmer than the previous one.

There is a fundamental design flaw and the battery doesn’t have enough breathing space so there isn’t much leeway for the same to expand over time. It leads the two oppositely charged layers, separated by a polymer, to come in contact and the smartphone overheating beyond control. But we still haven’t received confirmation if this is the true cause of the explosions or not. However, Samsung has also published a complete full-page advert to apologise for the wide-scale mishap.

The Korean giant is now banking on the release of its upcoming flagship device Galaxy S8 at Mobile World Congress in February next year. It is expected to pack in a complete glass-covered curved display (in two sizes), and up-to-date Snapdragon/Exynos processors, GPUs and RAMs. It might also feature Samsung’s first-ever virtual assistant powered by its recent acquisition of Viv. There is expected to be a lack thereof the 3.5mm headphone jack and the prominent home button.

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