On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Samsung Electronics announced that it would be discontinuing its production of their once touted Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a long stint of recalls and repairs. The company stated that the discontinuation of this product is due to consumer safety concerns, as it has already had numerous recalls due to a defect in the phone’s battery—causing it to overheat and explode while charging.
This news appears to be a major setback for Samsung, as its Note 7 was looked upon as the company’s best shot to compete with Apple and its iPhone in the high-end smartphone market. According to the New York Times, “Samsung has struggled to address reports that the Galaxy Note 7 could overheat and catch fire because of a manufacturing flaw. Last month, the company said it would recall 2.5 million phones to fix the problem. But in recent days, Galaxy Note 7 users emerged with reports that some devices that had supposedly been repaired were overheating, smoking and even bursting into flames. And on Monday, Samsung asked Note 7 customers to power off the phones while it worked on the problem.”
This has been a long, grueling issue for Samsung since the phone’s release in mid-August. Sadly, what could have been a breakthrough in the consumer-tech field ended up a disaster for many of its buyers.