Samsung has had a bit of a tough time over the last couple of weeks, after it emerged that a small percentage of Galaxy Note 7’s batteries exploded while charging.
This sparked a massive recall in regions where the phone has been released, costing Samsung around $1 billion. South African Airways has also banned the charging of these phones on all of its planes.
Luckily for South African consumers, the phone hasn’t launched here yet, so we have been largely unaffected by the recall. It seems that the company has now sorted out its battery issues, as the phone will launch here in November.
“As the Galaxy Note 7 had not been officially launched in the South African market at the time the battery cell challenges were identified, we took the decision not to release the handset into the South African market until these challenges are overcome,”explained Craige Fleischer, director of integrated mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “As such, the Galaxy Note 7 will be available in South Africa in November.”
Even though the battery problems seem to have been sorted out, Samsung is releasing a software update that will force the battery to stop charging at 60%. This update however, won’t be made available in the SA market.
“South African customers will receive Galaxy Note7’s that offers full battery usage,” Fleischer said.
A specific date in November has not been set.