Not long after the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, reports of the phone exploding have been increasing worldwide. Most recently, the Galaxy Note 7 was believed to be the cause of a house fire in South Carolina. In a separate incident, the handset exploded in a child’s hands.
It goes without saying, the phone is dangerous and continuing to use it only puts yourself at risk. It’s wise to turn it in and get a replacement until Samsung can get you a fixed Galaxy Note 7. In the meantime, Samsung thinks it can begin to mitigate explosions through an over-the-air update that would limit the battery’s capacity to just 60%.
The smartphone has a total capacity of 3,500mAh. This new update would limit all Galaxy Note 7’s with the defective battery to just 60% of that, which sits at 2,100mAh.
We’re not sure if reducing the capacity actually helps prevent the phone from exploding, but Samsung says its a “temporary” safety measure. The main hope is that it would cause more people to turn their Galaxy Note 7 in for a replacement, instead of leaving them exploding out in the wild.
This update is currently happening in Korea, but it’s safe to assume that Samsung will be rolling it out worldwide. And if carriers are working closely with Samsung, the update should hit carrier variants fairly quickly, too.
source: Korea Times