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Samsung promises its huge Galaxy Note 9 battery won’t explode

Published Aug 13th, 2018 10:59AM EDT
Galaxy Note 9 Battery
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The Galaxy Note 9 that Samsung just launched features a battery larger than anything available on any other Samsung flagship. At 4,000 mAh capacity, the battery should deliver impressive battery life, and great battery life is one Note 9 feature that Samsung teased before at the launch event. But the Galaxy Note 7, which turned out to be a fire-prone handset some two years ago, still casts a long shadow over Samsung, as the company had to make it clear that the Note 9’s battery won’t explode.

In the two years since the Note 7 disaster, we’ve had no similar incidents involving Samsung devices. Yes, smartphone batteries do explode and catch fire, but Samsung has long fixed the design errors it made when rushing the Note 7 to market two years ago. This year, Samsung is repeating the same strategy. The Note 9 was launched earlier than last year’s model because Samsung is looking to put some distance between its new phone and Apple’s incoming iPhone X models. And the Note 9 has a huge battery, which could lead to some customer concern considering everything that happened with the Galaxy Note 7.

“The battery in the Galaxy Note 9 is safer than ever,” Koh told reports, according to The Investor. “Users do not have to worry about the batteries anymore.” And that’s likely true, as Samsung can’t afford a similar battery safety scandal and it has implemented several new policies to help ensure it doesn’t make the same mistake twice.

Samsung proved that it’s taking battery quality a lot more serious. All the phones that succeeded the ill-fated Note 7, even the special edition Note 7 FE that was released last summer, had safe batteries. On the other hand, the fact that Koh still has to address battery safety two years after the Note 7 shows how much that scandal affected the company. Maybe next year he won’t have to reassure reporters and consumers that Note batteries do not explode.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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