Independent Korean regulators investigation blames Note 7 batteries, too, cue tougher safety probes

Samsung already closed the official investigation into the Note 7 spontaneous combustion incidents, and put out a press conference to explain the cause and apologize. The public Korea Test Laboratory is also ready with the results of its own independent investigation into the Note 7 incidents today, and they reached a pretty similar conclusion.
The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy put out a press release, in which it said that it found the same culprits behind the Note 7 explosions. On some of the units there was missing insulation material, while on the others there were damaged electrodes, so both companies that supplied Samsung's packs didn't fare well under pressure to produce the packs with the desired speed, specs and reliability, causing a perfect storm:

Just as expected, the Ministry also announced new battery safety regulations, requiring periodic testing of new battery pack designs for five years after launch, and faster combustion incidents reporting on behalf of the phone makers. The rule's enforcement will likely come next year, after the government completes all the discussions needed with the relevant stakeholders, like phone makers and tech experts on the exact methods of implementation, so the Note 8 seemingly won't be covered by this requirement.

source: Korea Herald

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



4. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

note 7 so far is the most beautiful designed phone I've seen till date next will be an jetblack iPhone 7 not the plus.

6. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why not the Plus? Just curious

12. fyah_king unregistered

How is the iPhone beautiful? The bezels are huge!

2. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I doubt it. They've got a good thing going with their sealed, glass designs.

1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Removable battery system should be back. Not the sealed battery so you can brag how it's about 1mm thinner than a Note 4.

3. notfair

Posts: 783; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Please stop with the removable batteries nonsense. I want the phone to be waterproof, no can do with removable batteries (and don't come up with the S5 please.)

5. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Then get a Ghostek case.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2565; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, you can. Casio and NEC phones even as far back as the old flip phone days to some of their more recent endeavors (NEC Terrain) have all had waterproof offerings with a removable battery. The trick is to have a sealed battery compartment door which is possible but it does indeed add thickness.

10. MrAnonymous

Posts: 95; Member since: May 25, 2014

I've had a Sony Xperia ZR(the phone that popularized underwater recording) which is waterproof and had removable battery!

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