Samsung no doubt hoped its Galaxy Note 7 nightmares would be over when it completed its costly recall and reissue of the next-gen smartphones, after the first batch of units were reported as bursting into flames — and even torching one family’s Jeep.
Unfortunately, it seems that problems linger, as one Chinese tech worker found out this week.
Twenty-five-year-old Hui Renjie says he ordered his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on Sunday and had it delivered the same day. However, when he charged it overnight, it began to pump out black smoke and subsequently burst into flames.
“We are currently contacting the customer and will conduct a thorough examination of the device in question once we receive it,” Samsung said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about possible problems for newer Note 7 handsets. Yesterday, there were reports stating that replacement units quickly overheat and lose battery power. In the aftermath, a Samsung rep noted that the issues were “isolated cases” and “completely unrelated to batteries.”
Samsung allegedly rushed development of its Note 7 in an attempt to gain a competitive edge against the iPhone 7, which it predicted was going to disappoint in terms of its new features.
Well, we guess we know which feature Apple won’t be looking to copy for next year’s iPhone 8!
Edit: According to CNN, Chinese Galaxy Note 7 handsets may have been left out of Samsung’s original recall because their batteries came from a different supplier to the supposedly dangerous ones. Guess a new working theory is needed…
Source: CNN Money