‘Flame-gate’ – Samsung’s all new Galaxy Note 7 goes up in flames

Thanks to Jeff Kramer/Flickr

Thanks to Jeff Kramer/Flickr

Just a few days since launching the device, Samsung is considering a product recall on its all new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, because 35 of them have caught fire while being recharged.

Attributing the problem to faulty batteries sourced in China, the company says it will replace all the one million units it has sold so far, and has been forced to cancel the wider international product launch. One wonders why they didn’t spot it at the factory?

I’m waiting for the tech media to call this latest Samsung SNAFU a name, such ‘flame-gate’, ‘bomb-gate’. After all, Apple got nailed with ‘bend-gate’ or  ‘antenna-gate’ even though neither of those problems was actually life threatening. (Life threatening? Yes — if your Galaxy catches fire while it charges overnight with you in another room things could go very wrong indeed).

Why should the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer get an easy ride on such a dangerous mistake?

It’s good timing for Apple, of course. Apple’s hopefully non-exploding iPhone 7 should appear next week, festooned with exciting new features. Even the iPhone 6S performs better in tests than Samsung’s latest incendiary.

No doubt the press will have forgotten all about Samsung by tea-time, so they can focus on whining about the now widely expected abandonment of a headphone port on Apple’s new device.

Meanwhile, perhaps you should get yourself a fire blanket if you happen to buy a Galaxy Note 7?


Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

6 Responses

  1. Heath says:

    I’ll bet you can get a really “Hot” deal on a Note 7 for the holidays. Bwahahaha I would have never thought about it this way but they have rubbed us pretty hard over the headphone jack(The smartphone user community anyway) yet the alternative to the iPhone has this problem. Looks like a no brainer to me but there are some people that refuse to pay just a little more to have a non-combustible phone.

  2. ViewRoyal says:

    I heard that Samsung is having a special event next Wednesday in which they will be announcing a new product… Fire retardant jumpsuits for owners of their phones (in Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold colors). 😉

  3. Paul Robinson says:

    Flame-gate! Love it!

    Of course, it would have been even more poetic justice had it happens to Amazon’s Fire or Kindle!

    Note: what in the world was Bezos ever thinking when he called his book reader and app “The Kindle”?! And, his tablet The Fire”?!

    Hadn’t he ever read Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic, Fahrenheti 451?! 451o being the temperature at which books burn– and the “firemen” in the heartfelt, literary dystopia served to *start* fires, burning books rather than putting them out!

  4. Paul Robinson says:

    Oh, by the way, the avatars that get put in here automatically are downright creepy!

    Maybe you could come up with alternative set– say of all the different Apple products over the years,

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