From the “what could possibly go wrong” file comes news that Samsung is planning on selling their prone to explode Galaxy Note 7 in emerging markets according to according to Hankyung [Google Translate]. Here’s the one change that will be made to deal with that exploding thing:
According to Samsung, Samsung Electronics will release Galaxy Note 7 with a low-capacity battery as early as June this year.
So they’re going to put a smaller battery in it. Apparently it is not only physically smaller, but it will have less capacity. Hopefully the combination of the two will keep these phones from exploding.
Good luck with that.
They’re allegedly selling these phones into Vietnam and India in hopes of recouping some of the 7 trillion won (or roughly $6 billion USD) that they lost because of this exploding phone fiasco. Assuming that this is true of course because Samsung claims that it’s not true… Sort of:
In a statement to Gadgets 360, a Samsung India spokesperson said, “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone[s] in India is incorrect.”
Hmmm…. There’s no mention of selling the phones in Vietnam which is what the original report mentions. Thus this still is well within the realm of plausibility.
My two cents goes something like this: If this is true, I really have a problem with Samsung taking these phones and selling them in emerging markets. It’s as if “emerging markets” are less worthy then places like Canada or the US. Thus the optics of this suck and so do the ethics of this. Assuming this is all true of course. So watch this space to find out if this is true or not. And what the fall out might be.