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Samsung shipping fireproof packaging for Note 7 recall

Posted on Wednesday, October 12 2016 @ 13:26:51 CEST by

One of the issues that complicated the recall of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is that shipping companies refused to transport these devices back to Samsung because they deemed the risk too high.

Samsung worked to mitigate this issue by sending fireproof return kits to Note 7 owners. The package includes a thermal-insulated box, gloves and detailed instructions on how to return your Note 7:
Brandon Miniman, a developer from XDA Developers uploaded a strange un-boxing video to YouTube that demonstrates the compartments of the Note7 fireproof coffin. Surprisingly, it is made out of layers of cardboard, the outer compartment is lined with a ceramic fibre which should be able withstand extreme heat. Also included in the box are complimentary latex gloves so you can handle your potentially dangerous device. The kit also comes with a static shielding bag.

Originally, the South Korean conglomerate blamed faulty battery cells for the Note 7's woes but earlier this week the company saw itself forced to take the Note 7 completely off the market as replacement devices, that were marked as safe, started exhibiting the same burning problems.

At the moment, it's not exactly clear what is wrong with the phones but Samsung urges everyone to stop using Note 7 devices and to turn them off. All sales have been ceased and production of the Note 7 has been stopped.

It's quite a bummer for Samsung and the company just revised its earnings expectations for Q3 2016. Just a week ago, Samsung Electronics expected to pull in operating profit of about 7.8 trillion Korean won ($6.93 billion), but now that's been revised to 5.2 trillion Korean won ($4.62 billion) due to the massive recall. Analysts estimate Samsung has manufactured close to 4 million Note 7 smartphones, which may now be completely worthless.

Via Neowin



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