The relaunch of the Samsung galaxy note 7 as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE is around the corner. One may wonder, why has Samsung decided to relaunch this smartphone that almost took away their reputation last year while the new Galaxy Note 8 is somewhere around the corner?
Well, you can call it Samsung’s love for money or the need for Samsung to use up the Galaxy Note 7 components stored somewhere in their warehouses or they don’t want to leave a space unfilled in the Galaxy Note series.
But the fact remains; the phone is on its way back into the market with the name, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE.
In appearance, the phone is looking more like its last year’s version that was recalled, but this time, it is coming with a lot of internal changes that will make sure the phone doesn’t misbehave again.
For Samsung to decide to bring this phone back into the market, a lot of changes must have been done. Changes which have tested to be working excellently on the Galaxy S8/8+ and other phones released within the period of their transformation. These are changes which will ensure that the debacle that took place with the Note 7 will never repeat itself again.
In this post we are going to take a detailed look into the measures Samsung has taken to ensure that the new Galaxy Note 7 FE is safe for people to us this time around.
Last year, while the device was being recalled. Samsung released the reason why the phone was exploding into flames. Samsung came to this conclusion after 200,000 devices and 30,000 batteries were tested by 700 dedicated and professional staff inside a gigantic charging and recharging test facility built solely for this task. The reason was later known to be that the battery usually heats up and catches fire.
Based on investigations from the company and three different consulting bodies, the problem being that the battery was overheating was caused by two separate issues in batteries Samsung had sourced from two different Samsung battery suppliers.
Samsung sourced its batteries from Samsung SDI and when SDI batteries had issues, they sourced for a replacement battery from Amperex which developed same issues too.
Samsung SDI batteries on the Note 7 doesn’t have enough space between the heat sealed protective pouch around the battery and its internals, that caused some electrodes inside each battery to crimp, weaken the separator between the electrodes and cause short circuiting.
Batteries from Amperex Technology Limited, on the other hand, had the problem in which some cells were missing insulation tape and a handful of batteries have this sharp protrusion inside the cell that led to the damage of separators between the anode and cathode. Also, batteries from Amperex have thin separators in general, which increased the risk of separator damage and short circuiting.
Samsung tested other components of the phone and found out that there was nothing wrong with any of them.
Samsung is so innovative, and its new type of design for the Galaxy Note 7 was so demanding on its battery suppliers. The batteries from Amperex was believed to malfunction because the suppliers tried to quickly increase its production.
Samsung had an interest in procuring phone batteries from LG Chem, the company that makes batteries for their rivals, LG.
Also, a report came up within the early part of 2017 about Samsung’s interest in procuring batteries from a Japanese battery company, Murata Manufacturing Co. Murata purchased Sony’s battery subsidiary sometime around June.
In all this assumptions and intentions raving up and down, Samsung will be using their batteries from Samsung SDI and as usual, will only turn to another battery company if they happen to fall into a short supply of batteries.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE will be getting a reduced battery capacity of 3200mAH compared to the capacity of last year’s Note 7 which was 3500mAH.
The South Korean mobile phone giant has promised reform in its production and quality controls to prevent a repeat of the Note 7 debacle.
Last year ended with Samsung forcing a recall on the Note 7, and while 93% of the phones have been returned, 7% are still at large, either damaged or still in use, who knows?
The last news about the note 7 ended with Samsung sending out a security update to stop the utilisation of all unreturned Galaxy Note 7s. The update was to prevent the phone’s battery from charging to the fullest and finally bricking the phone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+ should be a living example of the reform Samsung promised us and also, the forthcoming Note 8 will also show the reform put into play.
The Galaxy Note 7 FE will go on sale by July 7, 2017.