Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Release Date, Specs and Updates: New Update on Galaxy Note 7 to Brick Phone to Avoid Battery Explosions

By Nens Mitchell , Updated Dec 16, 2016 11:11 AM EST

To avoid any more incidents of exploding batteries, an upcoming update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will already brick the handset. Though the tech giant has already ordered a recall, there were still some customers who failed to surrender their devices.

Bricking update

The new update which is set to come in the United States on Dec. 19 will stop all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets from working as mobile phones. They will be rendered useless so problems like overheating and explosion won't be an issue.

When issues about exploding devices came to light, Samsung immediately ordered sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 be stopped. They advised customers not to use the smartphone then ordered a recall.

Consumer safety

However, despite repeated reminders and even offers of incentives, there were still some individuals who did not surrender their phones. "Consumer safety remains our highest priority and we've had overwhelming participation in the U.S. Note 7 Refund and Exchange Program so far, with more than 93 per cent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices returned," an earlier statement from Samsung read.

Thus, Samsung was prompted to just brick all units still out with customers so these won't cause any harm on others. The company has assured consumers that it will not risk the safety of more individuals just because some choose not to heed their call.

Specs and features

When it comes out next year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is thought to have a foldable design. Many are already looking forward on how the company will incorporate this but rumors imply that the display panels could face outward.

Instead of the usual home button at the bottom of the screen, Samsung could replace this with a touch-sensitive option. This will save space on the screen which could be allotted for more features. What are the other features you expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?

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