Galaxy Note 7 update limits battery life to 60% as a safety measure

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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.

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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


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  • Richard Dennis

    And in just 5 months we should see the carriers push that update to us OTA.

  • ChuckN007

    With my Note 5, the battery gets warm during the initial part of fast-charging. Then towards the end of that hour or so, the heat generation diminishes. With standard speed charging, there’s no heat.

    The heat is caused by the fast-charging process. Heat is generated because of the natural chemistry of what is happening during fast charging.

    So it seems to me that the temporary fix should be to slow down the fast charging, not limit how much it charges. By the time my Note 5 is at 60% charge, the heat generating phase is over. It’s most noticeable during the 15% to 60% part of charging.

  • ZettabyteGamer

    First of all the “Note 7 that exploded in a childs hand” was not a note 7, it was a two year old Galaxy Core Prime. “As it turns out this New York Post article about a 6-year-old injured by an exploding Note 7 (which still hasn’t been updated or corrected (update: see below)) is in fact about a Galaxy Core Prime, an entirely different Samsung phone model. This local NBC affiliate gets the story right, including video of the device in question and an interview with an expert who notes that the accident wasn’t specific to the device.” – Android police (they only not complete shit click bait Android news site apparently.)Second of all I doubt they will push that update to US consumers, at least until the new Note 7’s are ready they wont.