Galaxy Note 7 Latest News & Update: Analysts Conclude Samsung Went Too Far On Note 7’s Design, Causing It To Explode
Christmas is right around the corner and yet Samsung hasn't released an official statement regarding Galaxy Note 7's untimely demise. However, reports say that the company is expected to announce its findings by the end of the year, although analysts already have their say on the subject matter.
Analysts: Galaxy Note 7's Design Is To Be Blamed
A team of engineers at Instrumental recently cracked open a Galaxy Note 7 and according to their findings, the phone's tendency to blow up is due to its faulty design. Surprisingly, they also came upon a conclusion that Samsung engineers sort of knew that the design was risky, but pushed it anyway in attempt to release an Android phone with an obvious competitive edge.
The way the Galaxy Note 7 was designed, a pair of polymer layers soaked in electrolytes was used to separate a positive layer made of lithium cobalt, and a negative layer made of graphite. If these two layers come in contact, the electrolytes would heat up, causing combustion.
In short, the phablet's internals were stuffed in way too close to each other, the battery was continually being compressed. In Galaxy Note 7's case, its battery's positive and negative layers were too close, it generated heat to continually cause a thermal runway.
Galaxy Note 7: Samsung Broke Protocol
To make things worse, Phone Arena reports that Samsung broke protocol by self-testing its own batteries instead of using a third-party lab, which is the standard procedure followed by other smartphone manufacturers. The testing ensures that the products adhere to the standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. If the company chose to skip this crucial part, Galaxy Note 7's testing appears to have been compromised.
To be fair, the time wherein Galaxy Note 7 was released was indeed feisty. It's easy to wind up with the idea that Samsung, in attempt to beat the iPhone 7 to the market, aggressively pushed for a smartphone that could be valued as more of everything.
Last week, Samsung announced that they are to make "significant changes" with regard to quality-assurance. New and better Galaxy Note 7 units are to be sold for a friendlier price next year as well, GamenGuide reports. Whatever the come out of this will be, the Korean tech giant has definitely learned a valuable lesson.