A few years ago when I bought my Samsung Note 2 I was extremely happy, writes Noushu Ali. And since then have used it to the hilt taking innumerable photos and videos and the phone has not troubled me, making me fan of Samsung products until I stumbled upon reports of the troubled Samsung Note 7 smartphone. According to several reports, users of Samsung Note 7 in the US and South Korea have been informed to immediately turn it off. Besides, passengers have been told not to use the troubled devices during flights by aviation authorities.
The news left me stumped and on further probe I found that the authorities concerns are genuine as it has been reported that many phones, released just three weeks ago, had batteries that caught fire or exploded. Blimey!!! This is a serious matter. I too will think twice before upgrading my Samsung Note 2 to 7.
“This consumer warning is based on recent reports involving lithium-ion batteries in certain Note 7 devices that have resulted in fires. These incidents have occurred while charging and during normal use, which has led us to call for consumers to power down their Note 7s,” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung said in a statement as reported by bloomberg.com.
It is the timing that would certainly give sleepless nights to Samsung as Apple too has launched its new iPhone. Moreover, Samsung is feeling the heating despite recalling the product as it shares fell 3.9 per cent in trading Friday in Korea, the biggest drop since January 4, claimed the report.
“Samsung’s troubles, and they’re meaningful at this point, are a positive development for Apple and its competitive position vis-a-vis Samsung. We’re rolling quickly into the holiday quarter, so Samsung has to move quickly to recall the Note 7 devices with faulty batteries and get replacement units to people who already bought this model,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst John Butler told Holiday Quarter in an interview.