As reported earlier, Samsung has completed the investigation of the Galaxy Note 7 episode and is out with their version of the verdict. According to a report by Reuters, the South Korean giant has blamed the battery for all what happened with the Galaxy Note 7. The company is likely to release the investigation results to public on January 23. Also, the company is expected to reveal the precautions which it is now undertaking to avoid any such kind of debacle in future.
While Samsung seems to have blamed the battery, another investigation report from an independent team from ‘Instrumental’ earlier revealed that the company went in for an aggressive battery design leaving a negligible gap between the battery and the frame which eventually caused the device to explode. Samsung, in an attempt to put a bigger battery in the smallest possible frame compromised on the space around the border of the battery. Shockingly, the space between the frame and the battery was less than 0.1mm at some places. Ideally, there should be at least a 10 percent gap between the frame relative to battery size. The reason behind this lies in the science of how lithium-ion battery works which is well explained in the report.
Back in 2016, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued after the company recalled the device twice post constant reports of explosions and battery issues. The company tried a lot to solve the issue through software but the issue was allegedly due to a hardware malfunction. Samsung reportedly incurred an operating loss amounting to about $5.1 billion for the final quarter of 2016.
As a result, recent reports have come out and claimed that the company might dump the Note series and go for the S8 Plus this time. Briefing the recent rumours, the South Korean handset manufacturer is likely to release two smartphones in the S series this year, a regular Galaxy S8 (5.7-inch) and a bigger Galaxy S8 Plus (6.2-inch) which might come with a stylus. Other rumours conclude that Samsung might ditch the Home Button on the regular S8 and the Plus variant is expected to come with a dual-camera setup. Other than this, the company is also reportedly working on its own AI-based voice assistant named Bixby. Both the smartphones are expected to be launched sometime in April, with few reports suggesting an April 18th release.
For the specifications, the Galaxy S8 is expected to come with Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8GB of RAM, optical fingerprint sensor embedded in the display, a 90 percent body-to-screen ratio, Bluetooth 5.0 and a UFS 2.1 flash storage chip. Similar to Apple and HTC, the company is also expected to skip the 3.5mm headphone jack.