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If you’re currently in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, then you may soon be holding a very rare item in your hands. This is because Samsung has reportedly halted production of the Galaxy Note 7, and could be planning to kill it off entirely.

South Korean news agency Yonhap is reporting that Samsung has “temporarily suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone”. Yonhap cites “an official at a supplier for Samsung,” and suggests this temporary halt in production is “in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China”.

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 on August 19, and reviewers loved it. Unfortunately, reports of exploding devices soon started rolling in. Samsung finally recalled the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 over faulty batteries, Google shelves Project Ara, Apple is removing dysfunctional apps from iTunes, Instagram adds pinch-to-zoom, and why YouTubers are freaking out right now. Read More at the start of September.

However, that wasn’t the end of the story. There have, in recent days, been reports of new Galaxy Note 7 handsets, issued during the recall, exploding. And all of the major carriers are now inviting their customers to swap their Galaxy Note 7 out for a less dangerous alternative Dump Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for Something Less Dangerous Dump Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for Something Less Dangerous All four major US carriers are now letting their customers dump the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Customers can exchange their device for a less dangerous alternative. Read More .

Samsung Could Cut its Galaxy Note 7 Losses

Halting production is an unusual step to take, and could signify Samsung preparing to cut its losses when it comes to the Galaxy Note 7. Endless recalls and bad PR is only likely to do the company more harm than good. So Samsung could see killing the Galaxy Note 7 off entirely as the best possible solution at this stage.

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It would be like ripping off a plaster to let the wound heal in its own time without any attention. Whereas plowing on regardless would be tantamount to making that wound bleed over and over again in full view of the public.

Samsung WILL survive this. And it will carry on making smartphones long into the future. After all, it’s second only to Apple in terms of smartphone manufacturers. However, the Galaxy Note 7 may need to be put out of its misery, and before anyone else gets seriously hurt.

Do you own a Galaxy Note 7? Are you planning on keeping hold of yours despite the risk of it exploding? If you do decide to exchange it, which phone will you get instead? Has this adversely affected your feelings towards Samsung as a brand? Please let us know in the comments below!

  1. Steve Bergman
    October 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    It's worth noting that the current problem (involving a grand total of only 3 alleged and unconfirmed reports over the last 3 weeks) are due to the pressure on battery supplier ATL to get a huge number of batteries out fast. It's not surprising that this could result in 3 bad batteries out of 1.5 million. Samsung has not "haltproductiond ", despite the rampant rumors. They have stated that they are "adjusting production" to ensure quality. In other words, they are slowing production to allow ATL to ensure production of 100? perfect batteries. They have decided not to worry about getting the recall over with quickly. Instead, they are planning to take as much time as necessary to do it *right*.

  2. Steve Bergman
    October 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I'm keeping my Note 7. There is simply no phone out there that can replace it. And believe me, I've looked far and wide.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 10, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      So you'd rather take the risk of it exploding in your pocket or under your pillow than accept a different phone? Ballsy move!

      • Steve Bergman
        October 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm

        You are thinking irrationally. Not surprising, since most people are so very bad at assessing relative risk. Let's run some numbers. 2.5 million original Note 7 phones were sold. Of those, there were 92 reports of excessive heating incidents. Of those, 26 turned out to either be fraudulent or to not have credible evidence in support. That leaves 66 verified incidents. 66/2.5E6 = 0.000026 = 0.0026%, or 1 in 38,000. Looking at the situation with the "stock b" replacement Note 7's, we have 1.5 million units in service. (Samsung says they have replaced 60% of the 2.5 million.) And in the 3 weeks since they started shipping, we have 3 alleged (but unverified) incidents, once of which (the Michael Klery claim) looks suspiciously much like a fraudulent claim. But taking all 3 to be valid, we get 3 / 1.5E6 = 0.000002 = 0.0002%, which is 1 in 500,000. In the ballpark of 1 in a million.) Now, let's compare that to some other activity we take for granted: driving. The average monthly mileage for a car in the US is 1200 miles. And the average *fatality* rate is 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. I won't go through the arithmetic here. But it works out to a 1 in 77,000 chance of *dying* in a car accident for every month one drives. The annual risk is ~1 in 6500. In other words, a Note 7 owner who drives is *far* more likely to *die in a car accident* than to have his phone overheat dangerously. A few more notes. The phones in question do not "explode". Nor do they even burst into flames. They overheat and melt. And have been known to melt (though not burn) synthetic materials, like carpet, which they might be resting on. Furthermore, while others have reported their "normal" Note 7's running hot, mine has never exceeded 36C at any time, whether fast charging, charging wirelessly, or under heavy use. The the chances of my phone having issues is much lower than the 1 in 500,000 quoted above. So no. There is nothing "balsy" about my keeping my Note 7. It is simply a matter of my continuing to think rationally in the midst of a crowd of people who have gone hysterical.

        • Dave Parrack
          October 10, 2016 at 8:40 pm

          Good maths skills. However, any gamble is still a gamble, regardless of the odds. Just ask the Galaxy Note 7 owners who have had theirs overheat on them.

        • Steve Bergman
          October 10, 2016 at 9:46 pm

          That's an even more irrational position than your first one, as now you are denying the reality in the face of hard evidence. Before, it might have been out of simple ignorance. And you've managed to pack 2 logical fallacies into one short post: Selection Bias, and Appeal To Fear. I'll make a deal with you. You agree to cut out *all* activities which entail a risk of harm greater than that of my keeping my Note 7, and I will agree to consider trading my phone for a Pixel XL when it becomes available in 10 days. Driving or riding in a car or bus is out, obviously. But also note that 4865 Americans choked to death while eating in 2013. That works out to a 1 in 64,000 chance per annum. 8 times the risk of my phone overheating. So you'll need to cut that out. Deal?

        • Kyle
          October 10, 2016 at 11:29 pm

          Thank you this thorough reply with actual statistics instead of the usual flagrant exaggeration that usually comes with Note 7 articles.

        • Warren Russell
          October 11, 2016 at 2:42 am

          Steve,

          Thanks so VERY much for posting this. I've been going crazy today reading the stories from all the technical experts telling me to turn off my Note7 and exchange it IMMEDIATELY because my life is endangered! The level of scientific literacy in this country is astounding. Doesn't anybody understand simple statistics?

          Obviously you do, but your post is the first reasonable response to the recent "explosions" that I've seen.

          Like you, I'm keeping my Note7. There is no alternative, if the S Pen or iris reader is important to you. My biggest concern right now is that all the exaggerated fears will force Samsung to discontinue the model, and we'll be left with a much reduced level of support and devalued phones.

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