Oppo F3 Plus With Dual Selfie Camera, 4000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 30,990: Release Date, Key Features, and More

Oppo F3 Plus has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 30,990. At an event in New Delhi on Thursday, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer announced that the new Oppo F3 Plus (Review) will go on sale from April 1, both online and offline. Pre-orders for the new Oppo smartphone begin on Thursday itself, and will extend till March 31. It will be available in Black and Gold colour variants.

Oppo F3 Plus With Dual Selfie Camera, 4000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 30,990: Release Date, Key Features, and More

The highlight of the Oppo F3 Plus is its dual selfie camera setup. It bears one 16-megapixel 1/3.1-inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and one 8-megapixel sensor. While the former sports a 76.4-degree wide-angle lens, the latter sports a 120-degree wide-angle lens that allows for 105-degree field-of-view group selfies. Users can choose which lens they want to use, and, the smartphone comes with a Smart Facial Recognition feature that Oppo says automatically suggests which lens is ideal. The smartphone comes with various camera features, including the Beautify 4.0 app, Selfie Panorama, Screen Flash, and Palm Shutter.

Oppo F3 Plus key specifications

The Oppo F3 Plus also bears a fingerprint sensor on the home button, said to unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds. The company is touting fingerprint activated app and call shortcuts as well.

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Oppo F3 Plus runs ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It bears a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) JDI In-Cell 2.5D curved display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 653 SoC that’s coupled with the Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB of RAM.

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On the rear, the Oppo F3 Plus sports a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, with dual-PDAF, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The smartphone bears 64GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (256GB). The smartphone bears a triple-slot tray, letting users utilise two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.

Connectivity options on board the Oppo F3 Plus include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with OTG. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery with the company’s own VOOC Flash Charge fast charging tech that is claimed to deliver up to 2 hours of talk time in 5 minutes of charging. Sensors on the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. It measures 163.63×80.8×7.35mm, and weighs 185 grams.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Leaked Teaser Hints at Iris Scanning; Retail Box Spotted

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are set to launch in under a week, and every new day brings a new bag of leaks. Fresh reports shed light on the changing display resolution feature, more pictures that show the phone from various angles, a video teaser that hints at iris scanning, photos of the internal battery, and images of the retail box.

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ Leaked Teaser Hints at Iris Scanning; Retail Box Spotted

First up, tipster Ice Universe has shared multiple images of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ showing us the device’s front and a unique screen resolution changing feature. According to the image shared, the smartphones will give you three options for screen resolution: HD+ (720×1480), FHD+ (1080×2220), and QHD+ (1440×2960). Of the three, the default resolution is QHD+, and this option is given to users who prefer smaller icons and need more to fit on a screen. This isn’t a new Samsung feature, and has been spotted on previous versions as well.

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The same tipster also leaked the retail box of the Galaxy S8+ confirming that the larger variant will sport the ‘+’ symbol, and not the word Plus. The retail box also reveals that it will contain a charging adapter, a Micro-USB connector, and a pair of headphones. According to previous leaks, Samsung is expected to bundle AKG-made earbuds, but there’s no clarity on that from the leaked retail box.

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Separately, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ batteries have been leaked by Slashleaks. The battery images confirm that the smartphones will pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries, reiterating previous rumours. If this leak is true, then the Samsung Galaxy S8 will sport the same battery as its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S7, and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will have a smaller battery capacity than the Galaxy S7 Edge, which packs a 3600mAh battery. Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has the same battery as the Galaxy Note 7 that was shelved last year. As for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ battery specifications, even though they haven’t increased on paper, Samsung presumably should have integrated internal optimisation for more juice. The other reason for not pushing the limits on battery size could be the disaster that ensued with the Note 7 last year, and given the casualties, we are glad Samsung is taking the safe road.

Samsung’s new teaser has also been outed, and it hints at iris scanning capabilities. The video teaser shows a man standing in a green field, and once the camera pans out to show the whole garden’s aerial view, it forms the shape of an eye. This could mean the introduction of iris scanning on the Galaxy S8, a feature that was also seen on the Galaxy Note 7. See the video teaser here.

The smartphones are all set launch at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2017 event on March 29 in New York, and it will kick off at 11am EDT (9:30pm IST). According to the rumour mill, the Samsung Galaxy S8 price will start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 56,000), Galaxy S8+ at EUR 899 (roughly Rs. 63,300), new Gear VR will cost EUR 129 (roughly Rs. 9,000), new Gear 360 will be priced at EUR 229 (roughly Rs. 16,100), and an accessory that could provide a Continuum-like called DeX could be priced at EUR 150 (roughly Rs. 10,500).

Moto G5 Plus Blue Sapphire Colour Variant Also Spotted

Lenovo brand Moto’s newest offerings, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, were launched at MWC 2017 last month. The Moto G5 Plus went on sale in India last week and it is now being reported that pre-orders for the smartphone have opened up in the UK. It also looks like the larger model will be offered in a Sapphire Blue variant, after press renders of the Moto G5 were leaked on Wednesday.

Moto G5 Plus Blue Sapphire Colour Variant Also Spotted

On Wednesday, some press renders of the Moto G5 in a new Blue Sapphire colour were leaked online by tipster Roland Quandt. The same source, later tweeted a press render of the Moto G5 Plus in Sapphire Blue, confirming that the colour option will be available for both the devices. It is yet to be announced when the new colour will be made available. So far, both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were available in Lunar Grey and Fine Gold colour variants with the Sapphire Blue being announced exclusively for three carriers.

Coming back to the Moto G5 Plus, the smartphone has been listed for pre-order on UK-based Carphone Warehouse. The site lists only a 32GB storage option for the handset, and there’s no mention on when the 64GB variant will be available. The Moto G5 Plus will be available in Fine Gold and Lunar Grey colour options with the Sapphire Blue variant not being listed as of now.

The Moto G5 Plus was launched in India starting at Rs. 14,999. The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC and is coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM in India. The handset is offered in 16GB or 32GB of internal storage in the country, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

Optics for the Moto G5 Plus include a 12-megapixel rear camera, complete with dual autofocus pixels, 4K video recording, an f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a wide-angle lens. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, Bluetooth v4.2, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. The Moto G5 Plus is fitted with a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging. It measures 150.2x74x9.7mm and weighs 155 gram.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra Smartphones Launched at MWC 2017

As expected, Sony has launched the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, and Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphones at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. The XZ Premium is a high-end variant of the Xperia XZ, while Xperia XZs is essentially a smaller variant. Similarly, the Xpera XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are successors to the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra smartphone launched last year.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra Smartphones Launched at MWC 2017

Starting with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch Triluminos HDR display with 4K (2160 x 3840) resolution. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (Gigabit LTE speeds with X16 LTE modem) paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. The new Xperia XZ Premium offers 64GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via a microSD slot (up to 256GB).

The new Xperia XZ Premium camera on the back has a 19-megapixel sensor with Sony’s new Motion Eye camera system (based its new memory stacked 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor) that provides 5x faster image scanning and data transfer. This means you can create videos by recording in 960 frames per second, providing Super slow motion video playback that is apparently four times slower than other smartphones in the market. There’s also a 13-megapixel front camera with 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor for selfies.

Sony XZ Premium packs a 3230mAh battery, runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, measures at 156x77x7.9mm, and weighs 195 grams. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, and USB Type-C (USB 3.1) port.

The new Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be available globally sometime in late Spring in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black colours. Sony will also launch a range of accessories including the Quick Charger UCH12Wix which offers hours of battery time by plugging in for just a few minutes and Bluetooth Headset with Speaker SBH56 which enables hands free talking through the loud speaker whilst multi-tasking and has a remote camera shutter.

The Sony Xperia XZs is essentially a smaller variant of last year’s Xperia XZ smartphone with a 5.2-inch (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB RAM. The new Sony smartphone offers 32GB and 64GB of internal storage options with the option to expand further via microSD slot (up to 256GB).

Sony Xperia XZs battery is capacity is rated at 2900mAh, and the device measures 146x72x8.1 mm, and weighs 161 grams. All of the other Sony Xperia XZs specifications are identical to that of Xperia XZ Premium. The smartphone will be available in select markets from April onwards in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black colours.

Design wise, Sony Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra resemble the previously launched Xperia XA smartphone a lot. Starting with the larger Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, it features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display, and is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core (quad core 2.3GHz + quad core 1.6GHz) SoC with Mali T880 MP2 900MHz GPU and 4GB RAM. The smartphone offers 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable further via a microSD card slot (up to 256GB).

The big highlight of Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is the cameras at the back and front. At the rear, there is a 23-megapixel Exmor RS image sensor with hybrid autofocus, 24mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, 5x zoom, and HDR mode. The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra bears a 16-megapixel Exmor RS sensor at the front with front flash, 23mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and autofocus. The battery is a 2700mAh, and the smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Connectivity options include LTE (4G), LTE Cat6/4, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), and UMTS HSPA+ (3G).

The smaller Sony Xperia XA1 smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, packs a 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and offers a 2300mAh battery. The Sony Xperia XA1 front camera is at 8-megapixel with no front flash or OIS. All the other specification details remain the same as the XXperia A1 Ultra smartphone. Both the smartphones will be made available in Spring in White, Black, Pink, and Gold colours. Sony will also launch matching Style Cover Stands alongside in White and Black colours, along with a range of complementary accessories. Price of all the smartphones will vary depending upon the regions.

Moto G5 Plus India Launch Set for March 15

Lenovo has started sending media invites for an event in India on March 15, where the company is set to unveil the Moto G5 Plus. The invite shared by the company confirms that the Moto G5 Plus will be unveiled at the event though there is no mention whether the Moto G5 will be also announced at the same event.

Moto G5 Plus India Launch Set for March 15

To recall, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus were unveiled at the company’s Sunday launch event in Barcelona at the side-lines of MWC 2017 trade show. The new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have received a much needed design refresh, with a metal chassis and a circular camera frame at the back. Specifications also see a bump in many departments, while the price stays in the affordable range.

For pricing, the Moto G5 starts at EUR 199 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant while the Moto G5 Plus has been priced at $229 (roughly Rs. 15,300) for the 2GB of RAM with 32GB storage model, and EUR 279 (roughly Rs. 19,700) for the 3GB of RAM with 32GB storage variant. The price of the 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage variant of the Moto G5 Plus has not been announced as of now.

Both the smartphones feature fingerprint scanners at the front underneath the Home Button. The highlight of the devices however are they integrate Google Assistant, a feature first exclusive only to the Pixel devices.

Both the smartphones come with Motorola exclusive features such as Moto Display, Actions, twist gesture, and a One Button Nav mode that lets users navigate the interface with swipes on the fingerprint scanner, which would be useful as a one-handed mode on the larger G5 Plus. Also, the duo runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

For specifications, the Moto G5 features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; powered by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 processor; 2GB or 3GB of RAM; 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage; option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB); 2800mAh removable battery with support for fast charging. As for optics, the Moto G5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-LED flash, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera for selfies. Coming to the Moto G5 Plus, it features a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display; powered by the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor; 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB RAM models depending on the region; either 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage; with the option to expand further via a microSD card slot (up to 128GB). The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual autofocus, 4K video recording, f/1.7 aperture, and dual-LED flash. The Moto G5 Plus packs a 3000mAh non-removable battery with TurboPower charging that claims to give you six hours’ worth of battery life in just 15 minutes.

ZTE Blade V8 Mini, Blade V8 Lite Launched at MWC 2017: Release Date, Specifications, and More

Joining the bandwagon, ZTE has also launched two mid-range devices at MWC 2017. The ZTE Blade V8 Lite and ZTE Blade V8 Mini have been announced in Barcelona, with the former coming at an affordable price, while the latter’s big highlight is the dual camera setup at the back. The pricing of both the smartphones will be region-specific, and will be announced at a later date.

ZTE Blade V8 Mini, Blade V8 Lite Launched at MWC 2017: Release Date, Specifications, and More

Starting with the ZTE Blade V8 Mini, it is pegged to be the ‘perfect smartphone for photography lovers’. The device comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by the 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via microSD slot (up to 256GB).

As for the camera, the ZTE Blade V8 Mini sports a 13-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel second sensor for depth sensing. It brings bokeh feature support, post capture focusing, automatic HDR, and even a 3D shooting mode that allows for creating 3D images as well. At the front, there is a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera for selfies with LED flash support. The smartphone packs a 2800mAh battery, has a fingerprint sensor at the back, and measures 143.5x70x8.9mm. The ZTE Blade V8 Mini will first launch in European and Asian markets sometime in Spring.

As mentioned, the ZTE Blade V8 Lite is a more affordable variant with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, and is powered by a MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor. It packs a 2GB RAM, 16B of internal storage with a microSD card slot for further expansion.

As for optics, the ZTE Blade V8 Lite sports an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It packs a 2500mAh battery, measures at 143x71x8mm, and has a fingerprint sensor at the back. It will be made available in Italy, Germany and Spain first, and in Asia Pacific and European markets later on. Both the smartphones run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, along with ZTE’s Mifavor 4.2.

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry Ltd launched its third Android-based phone on Tuesday, opting to price the device cheaper than competing products like Apple’s iPhone 7 and Android-maker Alphabet Inc’s Pixel.

The Canadian smartphone pioneer, which has lost most of the market to Apple and others, last month said it planned to outsource the development of its smartphones to focus on its more profitable business of software and managing mobile devices.

That means the Android-based DTEK60 will be the last phone for which BlackBerry buys components itself, which carries a heavier risk if it does not sell well.

“This one is our phone,” BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in an interview. “This is fully our responsibility.”

The device, which has a 5.5 inch touchscreen, will be priced at $499. Apple’s iPhone 7 with the same screen size starts at $769, while the equivalent version of Google’s Pixel starts at $649.”If you look at feature by feature by feature, and you’re looking at dimensions and weight and the display and the memory and the camera, the battery, it is a very strong comp to both those devices,” Beard said.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry does not have any distribution deals with telecom companies that typically offer devices along with connections to their communications networks.

Instead, it is pitching the phone directly to companies, governments and other large organizations, as well as selling it on its own websites in the United States, Canada, and several major European countries.

“It’s not necessarily an anti-carrier strategy,” Beard said. “It’s more that we see this as the most efficient and most cost-effective way to get to that customer base.”

The DTEK60 is based on a reference design from manufacturer TCL Corp, a Chinese electronics company that makes phones as well as televisions, air conditioners and other household appliances.

BlackBerry launched its first Android device, the high-end Priv, in November last year and followed it with the much cheaper DTEK50 in July.

The company last month wrote down $137 million of inventory and supply commitments in the six

BlackBerry DTEK60

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5.50-inch

Processor

1.6 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

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4GB

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Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

21-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

  • The Videocon Ultra50 is priced at Rs. 8,990
  • It sports a fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button
  • It comes with a 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash

After the Cube 3 launch last month, Videocon has launched the Ultra50 smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 8,990, and will be available on offline and online platforms from the first week of November. It has been launched in Space Grey and Gold colour options.

The big highlights of the Videocon Ultra50 are its 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash, VoLTE support, fingerprint sensor, and its dual-SIM capabilities. The smartphone has a pre-installed emergency response app called ‘SOS-BE Safe’ that utilizes power button of the smartphone as the panic button to send an alert to the numbers added in the emergency list at the time of crisis.

It also has the dual WhatsApp feature that allows users to use two different WhatsApp accounts simultaneously. The Videocon Ultra50 also supports gestures to perform various functions. For instance, drawing ‘O’ will start the flash light, ‘M’ will start playing music, and ‘C’ will launch the camera.

To detail all the specifications, the Videocon Ultra50 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).The dual-SIM device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and packs a 3000mAh battery. The company claims that the battery can last up to 8 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, and dual-LED flash. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash as well for low light selfies. The Videocon Ultra50 measures at 148.1×72.8×11.27mm, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio.

The fingerprint scanner is integrated at the front underneath the Home Button. Apart from the emergency app, EROS Now, Gameloft Games, Opera Mini, SwiftKey, Office suite, ChillX, PayPlutus, SBI Buddy, Daily Hunt, and ChillX are also pre-installed on the smartphone.

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Battery Capacity

3000mAh

New OnePlus 3 Variant With Snapdragon 821 May Launch Soon

OnePlus 3 Production Reportedly Halted to Make Way for New Snapdragon 821-Based Variant
New OnePlus 3 variant may feature Snapdragon 821 SoC
It may come with LCD panels instead of Amoled panels
The OnePlus 3 was launched in India at Rs. 27,999
OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.
Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

Samsung Engineers Unable to Isolate the Reason for Galaxy Note 7 Explosions: Report
Samsung has halted production indefinitely
Galaxy Note 7 controversy to cause losses in billions
Engineers unable to find flaw in the handset
In a move that could cost the company billions, not to mention the priceless goodwill of the market, Samsung has completely halted production of the Galaxy Note 7. After the ‘safe units’ started to catch fire, the South Korean electronics giant was forced to shut down its manufacturing engine off for pure safety reasons. Now, a fresh report states that Samsung’s move is mostly because it has no clue on what is causing the fire, and its team of hundreds of engineers are stumped. The main cause of halt in production and uncertainty of future moves is because the Samsung team is unable to isolate the cause of these explosions.

 

The New York Times cites an anonymous internal source from the company, and claims that after the safe units started catching fire, Samsung’s entire engineering team went back to work to find a solution, but hasn’t found one even after conducting many tests for over a week.

 

Early in August, Samsung had touted the Galaxy Note 7 to be the best Note device so far, and had even broken tradition to launch it a bit early to fend off competition from Apple. However, the move backfired terribly, and reports of many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units exploding while on charge started coming in. Samsung had to then stop sales temporarily to assess the issue. Soon after, the company reportedly blamed an in-house SDI battery fault to be the cause of the problem, and restarted production and sales by sticking to one of its third-party battery providers. It even started to recall old handsets as a safety measure, and replaced them with new ‘safe units’.

However, safe units also started catching fire, and because Samsung was unable to find a solution, it just decided to halt production and global sales. It gave up trying to stay afloat without a life jacket, and just surrendered in silence.

 

Whether Samsung should bring back the Note 7 or kill it altogether for safety reasons is another debate altogether, but these series of events and the damage it has done to the brand’s reputation will take some time to recover. Furthermore, because of this fault, Samsung’s other product lines like refrigerators and washing machines are also now in the scanner.

 

The Galaxy Note 7 has managed to cause a scare on planes, set a jeep on fire, and incurred damages of $1,400 to a hotel. While investigators take their time to find the new flaw, we just hope that casualties remain to a minimum, and that Samsung does everything in its power to remove these hazardous units off the market.