After Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 crashed and burned last year, the company is working hard on their latest venture, the S8. The new smartphone is set to hit the market soon, and company leaders have been happy to share their testing techniques with the public. Most importantly, they want everyone to know that the phones are completely safe to use, and they feel that these new products will be able to stand out in a highly competitive market.
Samsung employees have been testing the battery of the S8 to ensure that the overheating problems never occur again. The battery testing process has become more rigorous, and it now exceeds traditional standards set by the industry.
The battery in the Galaxy S8 has a capacity of 3,000 mAh (with the S8 Plus having a capacity of 3,500 mAh.) In comparison, the S7 Edge from last year had a 3,600 mAh battery. This is one tweak that was made with safety in mind.
While lowering the capacity, Samsung still promises that the S8 battery will have long-lasting life. Customers should be able to get a full (or nearly full) charge on their phones even after months of use and hundreds of charging cycles.
Additionally, the S8 is set to include the latest Bluetooth technology. It will be the first phone on the market to include Bluetooth 5 technology, which doubles data-transfer speeds and quadruples transmission range from predecessors.
With a large screen, sensitive touch capability, and a high-quality camera, the S8 has many features that should attract attention. Samsung knows, however, that people want to feel safe with their smartphones, so for right now, they’re focusing on these battery tests and other quality checks. They want to be able to assure people that they’ll be able to take their phones with them wherever they go without having to worry about any battery issues.
Everyone has their failures. Even some of the biggest corporations in history. Samsung has long been associated with incredible consumer electronics products. That positive reputation now gets a checkmark against it. The Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is no more. Samsung has cancelled out the company’s albatross around its neck.
There are just way too many problems with this smartphone to allow it to remain in production. Consumer safety, in particular, played a major role in the decision to curtail the sales of the product. Recalls were imposed after reports emerged of “exploding batteries”. Consider it doubtful consumers would be thrilled about buying a smartphone that could catch fire or worse.
The negative publicity deriving from all the horrible reports about this smartphone sunk the product. Billions of dollars went into development, production, marketing, and distribution. A few serious “bugs” were more than enough to destroy the smartphone in the market.
Could Samsung have corrected these flaws long before the product hit retail store shelves? Until a complete report on the rollout of the phone is created and released, no one is actually going to be able to answer that question. Samsung is hardly a company known for cutting corners. Strange as it may seem, even massive corporations with billions upon billions of dollars to spend – and spend wisely – make mistakes. Even drastic mistakes are possible as evidenced by the fiasco associated with this particular smartphone.
And no one is more upset about the disaster than the powers that be at Samsung. The Samsung brand as a whole could end up suffering from such a high-profile flop. Even though Samsung has been around for decades and delivered exceptional products to the market, this particular smartphone could cast serious doubts in the eyes of consumers. Hence, many may chose not to buy products bearing Samsung’s name. Essentially, the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone became a multi-billion dollar exercise in bad publicity. Samsung likely will bounce back, but the damage inflicted is going to take time and a huge amount of money to overcome.
With the announcement and imminent release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, there is talk of the replacement of the near-universal micro-USB with the new USB Type-C. This new USB type is featured on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and when a new flagship phone comes out with a new type of USB, it usually means the end of the old format. The same had happened with the mini-USB before being changed out for the micro-USB.
The USB-C is different from the micro-USB primarily in the fact that it is reversible. It does not matter which side is used to plug into a device. While this feature is not necessarily significant data-wise, it does lend itself to assist those who have trouble plugging in their devices at night. Along with this design change, the new plug will speed up data transfer exponentially, as the micro-USB technology has surpassed a decade in age.
However, the downside of this new technology is the fact that it will take a while to be phased into use. Unlike Apple, whose phones are universal across users, Android phones will take time to catch up due to the fact that it has different brands and different smartphone lines within those brands. High-end phones like the Note 7 will accept near-immediate adaptation in the next two or three years. Lower end phones among the more affordable price range may take more time to adapt to the times.