A large batch of safe Galaxy Note 7 units hits the US
Out of the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units targeted by what appears to be the most notorious recall for the smartphone industry so far, almost half were sold in the US. Fortunately, the first batch of replacements is already in the country, ready to get back to the affected customers.
According to Samsung, "over 500,000 new Galaxy Note7 replacement devices have arrived in the U.S. and have been shipped to carrier and retail stores. New Galaxy Note7 devices will be available for exchange at retail locations nationwide tomorrow." Even more, Samsung Electronics America's president Tim Baxter revealed that the company continues "to take the necessary actions to ensure users are powering down and immediately exchanging recalled devices."
Yesterday, Samsung also released the firmware update for both the new and recalled Note 7 phablets. In addition to limiting charges to 60 percent for devices with batteries prone to overheating and exploding, this update displays a green battery icon on the status bar on all Galaxy Note 7 phablets with safe batteries.