New, safer Samsung Note 7 due in SA next month

October 5th, 2016
Samsung has confirmed that the new Galaxy Note7 smartphone will be available in South Africa on 11 November, after being released in South Korea on 1 October.

The device replaces the original Note 7, released in September, which was recalled globally following reports that a few dozen units had exploded while being charged. The device had not yet been released in South Africa, and none had been sold here. According to Samsung, the global replacement program in regions where the smartphone was already in the market is well underway

“Consumers will be able to purchase the new Galaxy Note7 on 11 November in South Africa,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices are completely safe to use and present no battery cell issues.”

Samsung says that, to assist users in putting their minds at ease to enjoy their Galaxy Note7 with complete confidence, it has implemented three specific software changes affecting the battery indication.

The new Galaxy Note7 features a green battery icon that’s visible on the Status Bar, the Always On Display screen and the Power Off prompt screen — accessed by long-pressing the power key. Additionally, users can verify that they’re using the latest Galaxy Note7 by looking for a square symbol on the label of the phone’s packaging.

Green battery icon

Samsung said in a statement: “Users will welcome the new Galaxy Note7 that will allow them to do more than they ever thought possible with a smartphone. The 5.7-inch curved QHD Super AMOLED display is perfect for both productivity and entertainment and the ever-versatile S Pen is much more than just a writing tool. The new iris-scanning technology, backed by Samsung’s defence-grade Knox platform, introduces a new standard in mobile security, while IP68 water and dust resistance affords users more freedom to use their phones almost anywhere without fear of water and dirt damage.”

Fleischer added: “Samsung would also like to take this opportunity to thank its loyal customers for their patience and understanding during the past couple of weeks. Your loyalty and support for the brand is valued.”

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