“Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” said Samsung. The company is now expected to begin a fresh recall process and offer a range of other Galaxy phones in exchange of Galaxy Note 7 handsets worldwide. Here's a timeline which covers the short but eventful life of the Galaxy Note 7:
Samsung officially discontinues Galaxy Note 7. Existing owners of these handsets will receive other Galaxy phones via exchange programmes.
Samsung reportedly halts production of Galaxy Note 7 handsets in Vietnam and Korea. Production to resume once defects in fresh handsets are identified.
Spate of reports on exploding Galaxy Note 7 handsets across the world.
Samsung announces that Galaxy Note 7 will be available to buy everywhere from October 28 once replacements are over. Company rolls out OTA update which limits peak battery charge to 60% with a view to reduce chances of overheating or exploding.
Issues with fresh Galaxy Note 7 handsets start surfacing. Quick battery drain and problems with charging were the chief culprits.
Samsung promises to replace all Galaxy Note 7s in Europe by the first week of October.
Carphone Warehouse starts replacing Galaxy Note 7 handsets along with EE and O2.
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 7 exchange programme in UK and Ireland. First replacements to begin September 19th.
Samsung officially recalls all Galaxy Note 7 handsets, promises replacements with fresh handsets in next few weeks.
News on the first explosions start surfacing. A Galaxy Note 7 in China exploded when it was being charged using a MicroUSB to Type C converter cable.
Samsung surprised by millions of Galaxy Note 7 pre-orders, says may have to limit stocks for pre-orders to make more Galaxy Note 7 handsets available on September 2nd.
Galaxy Note 7 available to pre-order in the UK; pricing revealed.