For those mobile users still bent on purchasing Samsung’s newest phablet device, the Galaxy Note 7, despite everything that has happened, they might have to wait a whole month. There is talk that the South Korean phone maker is stopping all sales of its handset in the United States mobile market for now, and will likely be resuming pushing its latest Galaxy Note offering on October 21st this year, at least according to a report published by Venture Beat. It bears noting that the date also happens to be the release date of LG’s own new phablet, the V20.
In unveiling the Galaxy Note 7 last August, Samsung had hoped that the device would get a jump on rival Apple’s iPhone 7 devices, which were introduced earlier this month. The South Korean tech giant did get to launch its phablet before the end of August, more than a couple of weeks before the new iPhones were announced. But in hurrying to release its newest smartphone, some aspects in production may have been compromised, leading to disastrous results.
As reported by Bloomberg, top executives at Samsung may have pressured the company’s suppliers to accelerate production timelines for the Galaxy Note 7, especially after hearing so much talk about the new iPhones not really offering much in terms of new features. But in all that haste, some critical steps may have been missed. And the result has been nothing but a continuous headache for the biggest vendor of smartphone devices in the world.
Just a few weeks after the Galaxy Note 7 launched globally, reports began to surface about overheating batteries and even exploding units while in the process of being recharged. Samsung was forced to recall every Galaxy Note 7 it has shipped, and later on, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has stepped in, officially approving the recall, with replacement units due to arrive starting on September 21st. Making matters worse is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and New York City’s (Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) have effectively banned the use of the phablet onboard airplanes, trains, and buses.
If the Galaxy Note 7 did not come with overheating problems, Samsung would have had another worldwide hit. Based on information provided by BayStreet Research, the Galaxy Note 7 had been on pace to be a success, registering 25 percent higher sales compared to the previous Note model, the Galaxy Note 5. But after the bad stuff started hitting headlines, things quickly went south for the South Korean mobile manufacturer. BayStreet now reports that Samsung’s smartphone sales in the US mobile market have decreased about 6 percent quarter over quarter to 7.2 million units. Unfortunate, indeed.
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