It seems South Korean mobile technology OEM Samsung has run into a failure of catastrophic proportions, as it recalls its flagship phablet world wide for fires and explosions caused by the USB C connector and the battery.
From Apple Insider:
The Galaxy Note 7 was announced on Aug. 2 and started shipping to U.S. customers on Aug. 19. AT&T is currently listing short delays for the device, with a unit ordered on Aug. 31 shipping between Sept. 6 and Sept. 8. T-Mobile has similar shipment windows. Amazon is showing no hold-ups in shipping, but a similar customer receipt window.
The battery failures aren’t the first issues identified by users of the Galaxy Note 7. Reviewers and YouTube examiners have noted that the Gorilla Glass 5 used for the screen of the device is significantly more susceptible to screen scratches than other smartphones, iPhone 6 included.
Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning disagreed with the scratch test results, and called screen damage induced by testers making an effectively permanent “material transfer” from the testing apparatus to the screen.
The earlier Galaxy S6 edge phone with a curved display had significant production problems, leading to lower than expected sales.
Timing couldn’t be worse as the Apple iPhone 7 announcement is literally a few days away.
I’ll keep you posted as this develops.