By Justice Roy

            The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was anything but ideal for the Korean product developers. Its unveiling in August in New York was breathtaking, with the new screen, faster processor and bigger and “better” battery life the note 7 was sure to dominant the cell phone sales. Below are some tech specs about the phone provided by gadgets.ndtv.com. “
“The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is powered by 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 8890 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.  The Samsung Galaxy Note7 runs Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 3500mAh non removable battery. It measures 153.50 x 73.90 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 169.00 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts two Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.“ <http://gadgets.ndtv.com/samsung-galaxy-note7-3677>

This powerful new device took off in sales people were buying them left and right. Every major retailer was selling them quicker than they were receiving them. The momentum of this steam train slowed down as reports of the phones exploding during usage were popping up left and right. There wasn’t an initial recall due to the belief that these were isolated incidents. However, as they progressed and got worse the note 7 was recalled and there were replacements on the way. Samsung stock took a huge blow but they were sure to recover. As the replacements came out the scary outrage that almost unfolded seemed to slow back down.

However not long after the replacements came out those starting catching fire as well. Below is a timeline of the phone.

  • 11 – Samsung permanently halts sales and production of Note 7 smartphones and asks customers to stop using the phones as it investigates reports of fires in new devices.
  • 10 – Samsung says it is adjusting Note 7 shipments for inspections, quality control due to more phones catching fire.
  • 9 – AT&T, T-Mobile say they have halted issuing new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to safety concerns.
  • 6 – A Southwest Airlines plane in the United States evacuated due to smoke from a Note 7 device on board.
  • 1 – Samsung resumes selling new Note 7s in South Korea.
  • 29 – Samsung says more than 1 million people globally now using Note 7s with safe battery.
  • 25- Samsung delays South Korea re-start of Note 7 sales by 3 days.
  • Sept. 22 – South Korea orders extra battery safety measures for Note 7 phones.
  • Sept. 21- Verizon Communications, Sprint Corp begin taking orders for new Note 7s.
  • Sept 8 – U.S. Federal Aviation Administration advises passengers to not turn on or charge Note 7 smartphones aboard aircraft or stow them in plane cargo.
  • Sept. 2 – Samsung announces global recall of 2.5 million Note 7 phones, citing faulty
  • Aug 24 – Report of a Note 7 explosion surfaces in South Korea.
  • Aug 19 – Samsung starts Galaxy Note 7 sales in 10 markets including United States and South Korea.

< http://www.reuters.com/article/us-samsung-elec-smartphones-timeline-idUSKCN12A0U1&gt;

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