In case you haven’t heard, Samsung issued a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7. As many as 2.5 million units will be replaced in the coming weeks after Samsung identified at least 35 cases where faulty batteries could have caused explosions. The company is replacing all existing Galaxy Note 7 units free of charge, which means you should really return yours now, even if even if you do have to wait a few more weeks for a replacement.
If you'd rather live on the edge though, a new report reveals one way you could check whether your Galaxy Note 7 contains potentially faulty battery packs. Of course, we’d still advise you to just return the handset rather than pursuing your own investigation.
Samsung halted Galaxy Note 7 sales and new launches in most markets except for China. The Galaxy Note 7 was just released in the region, and sales will continue because the units sold in China have batteries that come from a Chinese supplier, ATL.
Samsung subsidiary Samsung SDI supplied 70% of batteries for the phone and Samsung identified those batteries as posing risks, The Korea Herald explained. ATL batteries are supposedly safe, and will probably be found in all Galaxy Note 7 units going forward, including the ones that will replace older phones.
Samsung SDI makes smartphone battery cells in Cheonan, South Korea and Tianjin, China, but packages them in the company’s Vietnam factory and through a Chinese branch of South Korea-based ITM Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
Samsung Electronics also relies on another supplier, Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology Ltd., a unit of Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp. An Amperex official said Monday it only supplied batteries for Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in China.