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Samsung explains why Note 7 smartphones exploded - Should you buy the Note 8?

Samsung explains why Note 7 smartphones exploded - Should you buy the Note 8?
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know what a nightmare the Galaxy Note 7 was for Samsung. There was a flaw causing the battery to overheat and catch fire.

The problem was so awful, the company had to do a total recall for the smartphone and end production. Now, after months of speculation, Samsung has finally announced what caused the phones to explode.

Samsung performed its own investigation, along with independent scientific analysis, to come up with the official results.

What caused Galaxy Note 7's to explode

The official cause of Galaxy Note 7's exploding is what we'd thought all along, battery problems. The issues were with batteries that came from two separate suppliers.

  • Samsung SDI - Batteries from this supplier didn't have enough room between a heat-sealed protective pouch located around the battery and the phone's internals. The phone was designed to be super slim, which caused stress on the upper-right corner of the battery. This led to some of the battery's electrodes to crimp and touch, causing them to overheat.
  • Amperex Technology Limited - Some of these batteries' cells were missing necessary insulation tape. In other cases, batteries had protrusions inside cells causing damage to the separator. The risks of short circuiting were also greater due to thinly designed separators.

Watch this video for a full description of the investigation's results:

Will the Galaxy Note 8 be safe?

After the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung is making some changes. Here are some reasons the company says this problem will not happen again:

  • Quality first - Samsung improved the process throughout the company to make sure quality and safety always come first.
  • 8-point battery safety check - The company developed an extensive battery check protocol to ensure safety of the battery from component to complete device.
  • Multi-layer safety measure - Safety standards have also been improved for its batteries, from hardware design to software protection.
  • Battery advisory group - A team of experts has been invited to continue to provide Samsung with objective analysis to ensure battery safety.

It's hard to imagine Samsung allowing another disaster like the Note 7 to happen again. With all of the company's new safety procedures in place, the Note 8 should be a safe product. It's expected to be released this fall, so we'll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Would you purchase a Galaxy Note 8? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts.

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