Samsung suspends Galaxy Note 7 production

By , Oct 9, 2016

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Samsung has temporarily halted production of its troubled Galaxy Note 7, reports Korean news agency Yonhap. The move follows decisions made on Sunday by multiple carriers, including AT&T and T-Mobile, to stop offering new units as replacements for those affected by the recall.

An anonymous source tells the outlet that the suspension in production is in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, and various other countries, and that the measure includes a manufacturing plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global Note 7 shipments.

Samsung Electronics Co. has temporarily suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, an official at a supplier for Samsung said Monday, amid a series of media reports that some Note 7 replacements have caught fire. 

The halt is in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China, the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Samsung began selling the Galaxy Note 7 in August, but in September it recalled 2.5 million units after a number of users reported their phones were catching fire while charging. Affected consumers were issued replacements, but last week reports surfaced that they too are catching fire.

Source: Yonhap

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  • Mister Miss

    I enjoy Sammy and Apple going back and forth… this sales halt isn’t good for anyone.

    • Ninja Ass

      I love to see Apple and Samsung going down and other new tech company come up

      • John Smith

        Apple and Google is what I want to see. It’s fair game, Google’s hardware and software unified in their Pixel lineup and Apple’s hardware and software unified in their iPhone lineup. Samsung’s just one of the many third party companies piggybacking off Google’s resources touting “revolutionary innovations” when most of it is stuff that was brought by Google, not Samsung.

      • Storm

        “Google’s hardware”? Aren’t the Pixel phones made by HTC?

      • Vince Turnone

        No the phones are manufactured by HTC. They are designed by Google. Similar to how Apple designs the iPhone and Foxcon manufacturers it.

      • Storm

        Me: “Aren’t the Pixel phones made by HTC?”

        You: “No the phones are manufactured by HTC.”

        Glad we cleared that up, then.

      • Guy

        Lol

      • Jayy

        Lol

      • Shinonuke

        In this industry, the word “made” and “manufacture” implies different meaning. “Made” implies that the company designed it while “manufacture” that a company build or put it together.

      • Storm

        Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve only been in this industry 30 years, so I’m something of a newbie when it comes to the complex semantics of tech terminology.

      • Shinonuke
      • igorsky

        Nobody would give a shit about Android if Google didn’t allow other manufacturers to use it freely, creating a food of Android phones. Slippery slope.

    • Rowan09

      Why not? Samsung has the S7 line and the many others they’ll be fine. They’ve been killing of the Note line slowly anyways for years

      • Vince Turnone

        How so? It seems like the Note 7 was their best phone.

      • Rowan09

        Remember the Note was the phablet and then they made the regular galaxy devices also phablets. The Note essentially became a S device with a stylus. Look at the Note shipped numbers compared to S devices numbers. The Note 7 is also a S7 Edge with a slightly larger screen, stylus and eye scanner and USB C everything else is the same.

    • igorsky

      It’s good for Apple shareholders.

  • TotallySerious

    bruh I’m starting to feel bad for Samsung..don’t know what to say

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      I feel bad for them, actually…

    • Shinonuke

      Feel bad for those who spent $$$ just to see their phone burn up. Sucks if there are irreplaceable photos/videos on it

  • Stoffsprenger ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Research and development take time. Samsung just learned the hard way what it means to rush. The Note 7 is a wonderful piece of technology but it wasn’t ready to be sold yet. Samsung wanted to sell before the iPhone 7 plus was even announced and today they have a huge fiasco.

    • igorsky

      I love how people continue to refer to the Note 7 as “a wonderful piece of technology” or “a really good phone”. It’s not. It’s a defective product that puts people’s lives in danger. Please stop perpetuating the lie that this is a great phone.

      • Julio Hernandez

        Yeah, keep having that apple shoved so far up your own ass that you can’t even realize that the Note 7 is actually a really good phone. It’s just unfortunate that they rushed their product and now they are facing the consequences of their premature product. If all was well with the Note 7 I would have no doubt that they would be doing better than Apple this time around but that’s not how it worked out. And this is coming from an apple fanboy as well and my daily device is an iPhone 6s Plus just FYI.

      • Shinonuke

        I see what you did there. If it didn’t burn up then it would be a good phone. Kinda like if the Dodge Viper didn’t waste as much fuel then it would be a good commuter. I don’t think it works that way. What “IF” they made the note 7 that did not burn up, them would it still be a good phone? Not sure. they juiced it up and the burning is the result from it.

      • Is the note 7 a really good phone though? It’s got inefficient and bloated software, a processor that overheated combined with poor cooling and heat dispersion, a screen that’s so far above the human capacity to see pixels that it effectively just serves to waste battery life and put additional processing strain on their already hot chips and the list goes on. Despite doing everything in their power to win the spec war, It can’t even outperform last year’s iPhone in real life benchmarking tests.

        Sorry as far as rushing their product that’s also a total lie on their part. Manufacturing involves lots of time consuming work to set up the equipment and to do trial runs, test those items and then mass produce, assemble and package. We are talking up to 6 months or more of work here. Moving the timeline up by 10 days means that they simply launched their already completed product with 10 days less of stock manufactured. So please don’t defend poor design with Samsung’s lies.

  • Jamessmooth

    Good. Let this be a lesson to them. Stop putting out crap.

    • Impreza

      Like some comments.

      • Diego Milano

        Agreed; people need to realize this can happen to anyone, and those affected could be among our circles. Devices catching fire can result in disaster unless proper caution and/or action takes place.

      • Steve Harold

        This would have never happened to Apple.

      • Rowan09

        If it ever did it would be the end if the world. No one would say it’s only a small fraction of the device. Apple would also be more equipped to handle this issue, since they are also in the retail business.

      • george

        Just google iPhones exploding.

      • igorsky

        Every battery has a chance of exploding, because science. It has never happened on this scale to any other company but Samsung. Don’t be an idiot.

      • Rowan09

        Lol. Dude please. I work in the airport and before every flight all Note 7 phones are banned to be even turned on. There has been no such thing for any other phone.

      • igorsky

        This can happen to anyone? That’s funny. Who else has it happened to on this scale? When was the last time a phone was recalled because it’s a danger to its owners? Not to mention that Samsung completely resisted recalling it until forced to?

        Don’t understand why people have a hard time criticizing a sleazebag company like Samsung smh

      • leart

        yeah, and some companies needs to stop, copying, lying on benchmark, paying trolls to badmouth competition, copying everydetail from another company, copying even the names, the colors, engaging offensive marketing campaign against other respected brands.. etc, etc, etc
        honestly for me, watching SAMSUNG IF FIRE, WAS A JOY

      • Impreza

        Some need to also provide a lens cover and home button that’s scratch resistant and matches its description as rated to be true sapphire. Also if you remove a headphone jack at least have aptx rated bluetooth, not the compressed garbage on offer (I returned my iphone 7 for this sound quality issue and gone back to my z3). In effect going backwards in quality. Wake up to yourself leart all companies are full of the proverbial. A true apple user would welcome continued competition to spur their own quality product push. A moron would want to have a monopoly.

      • Steve Harold

        Your comment made me laugh. Thanks. The cameras lens is Bluetooth.

      • igorsky

        Don’t waste your time…he’s obviously an Apple-hating troll.

      • Impreza

        I notice a lot of these commenters are quick with the troll card with no valid sources and type whatever.

      • Impreza

        Can you point out where it says the camera lens is bluetooth. Or are you one of those that struggles for concentration after three lines? Then I can understand.

      • leart

        to be honest, I told the truth watching SAMSUNG IF FIRE, WAS A JOY, if you dont feel that way, its OKAY

      • First, as has already been answered those two elements are covered with 100% pure sapphire. The problem wasn’t that it was scrunchable, but that under pressure it fractures easily due to it’s thinness.

        Second, blaming bluetooth for poor audio is completely ignoring… well everything. iTunes songs are stored at around 2MB/min. So to stream a 3 min song works out to be a stream rate of 0.03MB/s which is 100x slower that what Bluetooth is capable of. Poor audio quality in bluetooth comes from cheap DACs and amplifiers not to mention issues with pairing and dropped connections. All of which Apple has addressed in this year’s offerings.

        Finally a company that steals ideas and copies companies is not the same as a company that innovates and competes with Apple. If Samsung goes out of business then the world would loose the most corrupt company on the planet (that description curtesy of their own retired lawyers, not mine), and not an innovative company that drives competition. Two movie studios competing to make the best movies is good for everyone. We get better and better quality acting, bigger budgets, better special effects and more in the war to be the best and to get our money. However in this case more often than not Samsung tends to be more akin to a bootlegger giving DVDs away for free on torrent sites than a movie production studio.

        So you’re right, I want and welcome competition. But in no ream do I want a shameless copycat with no moral qualms about stealing the hard work of others. Sadly Samsung tends to fall into the latter camp more often than the former 🙁

      • Impreza

        I’m no sound technician, to me any sound that travels through the air is already degraded. Going wireless and using my aptx bt iem’s, to me the music sound quality from the iphone 7 I purchased is inferior to my xperia z3 listening to the same files on both devices. There is a difference in bluetooth compression technology and it seems iphones use sbc as opposed to aptx. I would prefer wired iem’s however that convenience is being removed and at present isn’t being replaced with a superior product, i like the idea of going completely wireless however in terms of what’s presently available and affordable, apple took a step backward in their audio implement on the 7 in my opinion. The apple I know usually replaces a technology with a superior one,(eg 30 pin to lightning) however not here. Considering apple made a massive comeback and owes a great debt to music quality and the ipod, this current arrangement bewilders me. End of rant/sermon.

      • Just remember that wifi is also over the air. When you download a song to your phone do you worry that the quality of what you download will somehow be less accurate than if you downloaded it over the wire?

        The issue stems from this. iPhones ship with a DAC and Amplifier that are fairly high quality. And traditional headphones can take advantage of both of these components. However bluetooth can’t take advantage of either and has to supply it’s own. Since Bluetooth also has to compete with cheap wired devices that don’t need Bluetooth Chips, batteries, DACs or amplifiers it’s very hard to create devices that are competitively priced.

        The result is that most wireless headphone are a tightrope walk between trying to make audio good enough while keeping prices low enough and audio quality suffers as a result unless you have well over 100 dollars to shell out.

        Apple’s W1 chip solves issues with connectivity and pairing, but I’m hoping that their removal of the headphone jack will ultimately drive up sales for the wireless industry. The more people buying here the cheaper we can get quality components and everyone will benefit in the long run. Adopting WiFi took years but in the end it became an essential part of most people’s lives. Here’s to hoping that Apple’s actions help speed this industry up and doesn’t break everything somehow 😛

      • Shinonuke

        Your argument is sounded. (Pun intended). A lot of these commenters do not critical think about the issues and just type whatever.

      • Impreza

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • Impreza

        Yes I am acutely aware of the bluetooth situation in particular as a side note  not wanting to pay royalties to csr which is understandable, As for Airplay I left that out as that is perhaps the better alternative for losslss over the air. However the present sutuation doesn’t enable me to utilize airplay through headphones as they aren’t available. The airpods wont work for me as the current wired pods fall out of my ears. And why would I want to engage siri to alter the volume. Like i said the  7 was released with an inferior music option. Music is a huge part o

      • Then don’t get AirPods. Personally between worrying they will fall out, get lost or that the battery life will be too short I’m waiting to see what the beats offerings look like or if Apple will license the W1 chip to others.

        Or you could keep what you have and use the adapter that comes with the phone for free too.

        Oh and as a side note, if you have the apple watch you can adjust the volume with it if you don’t like talking to SIRI.

      • Impreza

        I actually am looking forward to a quality wireless set-up am just impatient for the now. As for the adapter I must have been the first person in the world to ‘misplace’ it however the apple rep was very good about it. Your apple watch is good lateral thinking, however paying approx AUD $680 (inc dark blue rubber strap) is difficult to justify for a volume remote. A good remote though. 🙂

      • Oh ouch! I wonder if you could get the 1st gen watch cheaper on eBay. I wasn’t terribly impressed by the second generation so I didn’t get it but I know a lot of people are selling them on eBay these days.

      • Impreza

        Ps in 24hrs I’ll know if I’m the proud owner of a slightly warm 6s plus courtesy of ebay, then problem solved.

      • Nice! At the moment that’s kind of the best of both worlds since you keep the headphone jack until the industry starts to mature a bit and you get the 3D touch features that Apple is clearly pushing.

      • Impreza

        I hear ya about the 3D touch, obviously pushed at inception then apple seemed to take the conservative route with itin particular after the ipad pro was released if I’ve got the correct model. Now it seems Siri and s back in the front seat. Here’s s question, if you’re using the new wireless ipods listening to music (you lose cellular signal, no wifi and no watch) how do you adjust the volume?

      • Yeah I felt like Apple rushed the implementation of 3D touch too. But I’m glad to see them getting around to finishing it.

        That’s actually a VERY good question about SIRI! I haven’t seen anyone comment on that yet but… Wow I’m really curious about that now. I guess there’s always the age old method of reaching in your pocket and pressing the volume down button on the side of the phone. (LOL, which actually might be easier than talking to SIRI anyways unless you wear skinny jeans)

      • Impreza

        I was under the impression when you’re using the wireless airpods, you can’t change volume using rockers on phone it’s done through Siri. That’s according to hands on reviews on other sites. Given that they’re not released publicly at least not in Australia may explain lack of complaints. I checked on another review but again only covers volume through Siri and gives the watch a mention. No mention of the bluetooth codec apple adopts and no comparison tests with other bluetooth iem’s and they’re called reviews? Watch this space for my volume question, pardon the pun.

      • Oh that would be super annoying if true. Especially if I’m using my phone and watching a youTube clip or something. Not being able to use the volume while it’s in my hand wouldn’t make any sense to me. And having to talk to SIRI if a video started really loud would be terrible.

        LOL, you should do reviews. You seem to have fantastic insight into potential questions and problems people wouldn’t necessarily think of.

      • Impreza

        Yes I have to agree with your observation. Btw I’m nine days late replying here, however on the subject of observation, when you play spotify or pandora or a 3rd party music app, can you goto music eq under settings and see if you select ‘late night’ does that alter the sound. Only late night seems to affect 3rd party music apps. I’m not sure why, however late night appears to also be a setting recently introduced. Am curious if others have this anomaly.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    No More bomb blasts, at least for now

  • Diego Milano

    This honestly makes me sad, not only for those customers or users who most likely are very frustrated after this repetitive experience (aka. after their devices were replaced) but also for Samsung as this most likely is making a lot of their employees unhappy.
    I hope everyone stays safe from all harm.

    • leart

      this is what happens when you become victim of Samsung marketing …
      those unhappy employees can always to switch in the troll army division and release their frustration badmouthing completion with fake comments in web

      • Impreza

        Yes let’s give samsung employees motivation to take an iphone and rig it to explode along with several other models over a designated period of time you hairy nosed wombat! If employees loses their jobs the flow to their families et al is serious. But what would you care tucked safe in your basement pouring crap over a company whilst ironically wearing your own crap covered jocks.

      • leart

        i have no idea of what you’re talking

    • Rowan09

      Why feel sorry for them? Did they ever feel sorry for iPhones with #bendgate, etc? No so I don’t feel sorry for them. This is rich people problems, they’ll be alright.

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  • Alex Murdoch

    Bought the first batch of Note7’s… Recalled mine for a new one… Fed up with this shit now Samsung

  • Dao Sasone

    Its like gettn pound in the ass. It will never be the same. Sorry samy but rep just went down the drain.

    • Rowan09

      It did because if one Note 8 changes fire, it’s over.

  • Rowan09

    Said this a long time ago and they took way too long. Scrap the Note 7 this year and move on to the Note 8.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Or jump another number. Note 9!

      • Shinonuke

        Note 10! I hate odd numbers

  • AMB_07

    Easily the wisest decision they’ve made so far. What a mess Samsung, the Note 7 was theoretically the best smartphone on the market but not anymore I guess.

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  • Matt

    I wanted this phone so bad. So much so that I sold my Nexus 6P so now I think I may go with an iPhone 7 plus. Sad, because when I played with one at my local Target, it was the most beautiful phone I have ever seen.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Lol just had a thought. If you went back to play with it again you’ll probably be greeted by ashes and rubble where the note 7 once stood!

      • Shinonuke

        LoL

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Game. Set. Match.