After the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 broke a cell phone manufacturing rule which no one even thought to consider, i.e. make sure your phone doesn’t explode, and failed to fix the problem even after a recall and re-release, the Galaxy Note 7 is finally being put to rest. According to a statement issued by Samsung, “Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7.” This was only a matter of time since they officially issued a second worldwide recall yesterday (October 10th) and urged users who still have the phones to power them off immediately and no longer use them.
According to a statement emailed to The Verge, a Samsung spokesperson said:
Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 … Consumers with an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 should power down and take advantage of the remedies available, including a refund at their place of purchase.
Although this won’t permanently cripple the staunch rival of the iPhone, its difficult to imagine a future where the ghost of the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t follow Samsung for many years to come. The most damaging aspect of this monumental hit to Samsung’s credibility comes with their inability to fix the phone’s fatal flaw after the initial recall in early September. That same month they began reissuing the supposedly repaired phones to carriers only to receive 7 more reports of incendiary devices in the following weeks. Following news of the cease in production, Samsung stock took a significant 8% hit, which analysts have estimated will cost the company $17 billion dollars in value.
With such a promising future ahead of it on initial release, this loss will come as a real blow to loyal Android fans everywhere, especially considering early reports of the cause of the issue suggest it stemmed from attempts at trying to beat the iPhone’s specs to take advantage of this year’s “dull iPhone”. But its not all bad for all of us Android fans out there. If you’re distraught over the loss of the Galaxy Note 7 and are in need of some friendly consolation, consider the silver lining of this technological funeral: no one has to worry about the burial costs since these handy devices are self-cremating.
Here’s a video of what the Galaxy Note 7 looks like when it malfunctions: