Samsung expected to recall Galaxy Note 7s over battery quality concerns
Samsung seems to be taking the proper cautious approach to quality control standards.
Reports have surfaced indicating that the Galaxy Note 7 launch has been delayed in parts of Europe — Germany in particular — as sales were set to commence this week. The news lands corresponding with multiple reports coming out of Korea that Samsung has plans to issue recalls for phones — anywhere from just some Exynos variants up to all Galaxy Note 7s that have been sold.
High-capacity phone batteries are one of the components that are held to extremely high quality control standards considering how much damage an improperly manufactured or assembled unit can cause. For this reason, it’s in no way surprising that Samsung (or any other manufacturer) would issue at a minimum a halting of sales or quite easily a full recall for any units it deemed to be defective and potentially causing harm.
The safe route is the only route to take when it comes to faulty batteries
A statement given to Yonhap from a “Samsung official” claims that “Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1 percent of the entire volume sold.” Even if that’s the case, with the volumes that Galaxy phones sell that could be thousands of phones — even before a full global rollout has commenced. On top of that, you can’t always determine how deep in the supply chain the potentially faulty batteries are, or where they were shipped and sold. Android Central has reached out to Samsung for a comment on the situation.
You can guarantee that Samsung will notify you if and when it finds which phones may be in the recall group, whether that’s in the U.S., Asia or the few that have trickled out in Europe. Right now, it’s worth taking the pragmatic point of view realizing that a halt in sales or pre-orders is a good thing for consumers — safety should be the number one goal, especially when it comes to batteries.