Those still using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could have a ticking time bomb

Those still using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could have a ticking time bomb
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could have had it all. The device was on its way to becoming Samsung's biggest selling phone of all time when all of a sudden there were several complaints about the device exploding and catching on fire. After the phone was recalled, Samsung issued new units that were supposedly safe to use. But one of these "safe" models started to smoke while its owner was boarding a commercial flight. The phone's owner dropped it on the floor of the plane where it promptly burned a hole in the plane's carpeting. Imagine what might have happened if the phone didn't start smoking until the plane was in the air.

That led Samsung to recall the Galaxy Note 7 a second and final time, which resulted in another problem; some owners loved the device so much, they refused to let it go. By January 2017, over 96% of all Galaxy Note 7 units had been returned to Samsung. The manufacturer had sent out an update that prevented the phone from charging, and that seemed to be the last straw for many of the holdouts.

But not every Galaxy Note 7 purchased was turned in. Some airlines even continue to post signs at the airport stating that no one is allowed to board a plane if they are carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Sammy's own support page, last updated on April 17th, 2018, asks those with a Galaxy Note 7 to turn it in to Samsung, noting that the handset "poses a safety risk." And that risk isn't just to the phone's owner, but to innocent bystanders around him/her.

You see, on Reddit there are Galaxy Note 7 owners discussing how they are still using the phone, including one owner who posted pictures showing that the battery on his unit is beginning to swell. On XDA, there are hints on how to bring a "dead" Galaxy Note 7 back to life. Frankly, why take a chance? If you love the Galaxy Note 7, you can always look for last year's Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition. Made from parts salvaged from returned and unsold Galaxy Note 7 handsets, the Fan Edition has a somewhat smaller 3200mAh battery compared to the 3500mAh cell that was used to power up the Galaxy Note 7. And the Snapdragon 820 SoC that powered the Galaxy Note 7 is replaced by the Snapdragon 821 chipset on the Galaxy Note Fan Edition.

Look, it's really a moot issue at this point.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was launched last year and the Galaxy Note 9 will be unveiled two weeks from tomorrow. If you still happen to own a Galaxy Note 7, you really should turn it into Samsung. As recently as April, the company said that returned units can be exchanged for another Samsung, or a refund based on the terms of the expanded Note 7 recall. Now is the time to look ahead instead of looking back.

source: Samsung via Reddit, XDA

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

"The device was on its way to becoming Samsung's biggest selling phone of all time..." There's no way this is true. Perhaps the best selling Note of all-time.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1526; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Buying a Samsung device is like buying a Dodge, once you open that phone the value just dropped 50%. A month after, the phone is worth 1/3 of its retail value.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's not even remotely true. A year later, the Note 8 can still be sold for 60% of its original value & Samsung devices hold their value better than any other Android OEM. You've been spouting your ignorance on this website for years. I'm embarrassed for you anytime you say anything.

23. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Who gives a s**t about that? I buy phones to use them, not to sell them.....carry on apple lover....

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Yes, and that's why it got recalled. Next.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I can't believe there are still people using that phone.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7505; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Darwinism rings true once more. Idiots...

6. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

How clever for you to post an article against Samsung and Samsung Galaxy Note line when Note 9 is around the corner. How much money does Apple pay you guys? It's disgusting to read articles against a company who is one of best in what they do.

10. ReticentHamster

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

To be fair, PhoneArena has posted floods of Note9 articles, the vast majority of which are positive. And there's really nothing that sounds biased to me in this story - just stating facts about the instability of Note7 units, which Samsung also acknowledges.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Come on, there was no reason to post a article about the note 7, It will soon be two years old. It's just a way to get a jab in and clicks.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree 100% There was no reason to bring up a almost 2 year old phone other then to take a jab at Samsung since the new note is about to be announced soon.

24. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

This is iiPhoneArena. What do you expect? They are so far up apple's arse, they start to see light at the end of the tunnel through the throat......

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's almost 2 year-old, and it's not rare to see 2 y.o phone's with swelling battery, it's already time to replace the battery. Even some iPhone 8 got swollen battery right out of the box.

25. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Shhhh that is an iPhone. The battery is supposed to be swelling......

26. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why are we still talking about the Note fiasco that happened two years ago. You know, you’re not doing this site any favors to people that decry you as Apple propagandists. If a very select few individuals have a device that has been pulled from the market abruptly and publicly; chances are they’re willingly taking a risk and know the potential consequences. This is not Samsung’s issue at this point. I don’t see why it’s news worthy

27. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


28. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Just when I thought Phone Arena FINALLY stopped bringing up the Note 7 incident they go & post some imbecilic stuff like this. You would've had to be living under a rock to be unaware of the Note 7's issue, ergo, warning people about the dangers of still having one is literally stating if you play with fire you're going to get burned. They know it already. Let them play at their own risk. No need for this pointless @$$ article. Period.

29. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Trying to bring Techie out of hiding PA? Might do the trick.

30. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

To be fair Android Central also has an article on this

31. ShadowHammer

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I for one, actually find it interesting that people are still holding onto this scary device. And if you reread the article, you'll see the author bashing far more on the people who are still using these devices, not Samsung. Not every article about the "big two" has to be biased on PA. PA puts out a lot of articles, so don't expect every article to appeal to you.

32. dylan.pettway

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

I am on the hunt for one of the few remaining Galaxy Note 7 phones, and I am well aware of their risks and why they were recalled. Does anybody own one or know where I can buy one? If you have one, would you consider selling it or giving it away?

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