Nearly a month since Samsung began its global recall of its beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the South Korean tech giant has recently revealed that it has recovered over 60 percent of the phablet devices in the United States and in its homeland, South Korea. The world’s biggest seller of smartphones also announced that in Europe, 57 percent of recalled handsets have already been turned in (more on this later).
Samsung started its worldwide recall of its latest Galaxy Note offering in September 2nd earlier this month after a number of reported incidents that involved overheating batteries and even exploding units. About a week after the South Korean phone maker’s initial recall effort, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stamped its official approval of the recall in the American mobile market.
Samsung has also started rolling out replacement Galaxy Note 7 units with entirely new batteries. As for those owners of Galaxy Note 7 devices who have yet to turn in their handsets, Samsung continues to strongly urge them to power down their phone if they have not already and return it to where they bought it.
As mentioned earlier in this article, Samsung is claiming that 57 percent of devices have already been recalled in Europe. But it bears noting that the Galaxy Note 7 never really had a proper launching in European countries. The reason for this is that the release date was supposed to be September 2nd, which also happened to be the date when Samsung first announced its recall of the phablet.
Well, Samsung fans based in Europe should get their chance next month. Samsung is planning to officially launch the Galaxy Note 7 in Europe on October 28th. However, the company did clarify that this date may be subject to change, depending on how well the recall and the exchange program is going.
Samsung is certainly hoping that everything will go back to normal. Right after announcing its intention to recall the Galaxy Note 7, the company lost a lot in terms of market value. It still is the number smartphone brand in the world, but having an overheating flagship device must have hurt real bad. It is such a shame because the Galaxy Note 7 was actually poised to become a big hit heading into the holiday season. In a perfect world, people would have been comparing the latest Galaxy Note device to the iPhone 7 Plus by now, not worrying about overheating problems.
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