Déjà vu: replacement Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on an airplane


After launching the Galaxy Note 7 to glowing reviews, Samsung had to deal with a messy exploding battery and recall situation with their latest 2016 flagship. In case you managed to miss the entire fiasco, some Note 7 units had an issue with the battery that would cause the device to literally overheat and catch fire. Definitely not what you want to hear about your brand new phone.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Samsung recalled the defective devices and replaced them perfectly functional devices. Except, the new devices had their own set of problems, and now it appears that even the replacement phones are a fire hazard.

A Southwest flight had to be evacuated yesterday after a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire inside the plane. Fortunately the plane was still on the runway and there were no injuries, but it was obviously a big inconvenience to everyone on the plane and the man that had just picked up his Note 7 on September 21st. The kicker is that it was a replacement Note 7 that also had the black mark on the retail box and the green battery icon to indicate that it should have been fine.

galaxy note 7 exploded

Pictured above? Not fine. Whatever Samsung did to fix the Note 7 didn’t actually solve the problem. The IMEI of the device even shows up as clear on Samsung’s official recall eligibility checker.

Right out of the gate, this looks pretty bad for Samsung. The company is trying to dig into the incident to verify that it actually was a replacement Note 7 and there was no funny business going on, but the Louisville fire department currently has possession of the phone for the investigation.

RIP Galaxy Note 7?

source: The Verge


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • Darkcobalt

    This is a pretty big blow to Samsung’s credibility, and the credibility of the Note 7 altogether. If even replacement and safe Note 7s are a fire hazard then how is anyone to know whether they can trust their Note 7 not to explode at the wrong time?

    Hopefully they get this sorted out properly. It’s not commonly known how dangerous Lithium Ion batteries are (we use them in everything from smartphones to laptops to Tesla cars) but the chemistry in the batteries are highly volatile if the protective circuitry isn’t working properly.