Can’t we just fast-forward to March 2017, when the purportedly game-changing Galaxy S8 will arrive to silence haters, restore Samsung’s reputation, and turn the Galaxy Note 7 into a long-forgotten nightmare?

Unfortunately for the world’s most popular (still) smartphone vendor, it’s never that easy. And if the increasingly likely prospect of a second global recall materializes, the Korean tech giant may need more than a few months to play the scandal down.

While the circumstances of a couple of “isolated” new incidents allegedly involving replacement Note 7s remain under thorough investigation, several more add to the pile both stateside and in Korea, suggesting perhaps a connection, common root cause, and widespread trouble… once again.

Granted, there’s no way to be certain just yet phones reported to have randomly caught fire recently in Texas, a Korean Burger King, plus a Daejeon baseball park were all part of the exchanged batch Samsung deemed safe to use. But considering how few original models are still in circulation, there’s a good chance that’s precisely the case. Oh, and for your twisted amusement, you can check out a smoking Galaxy Note 7 clumsily handled by a restaurant employee wearing protection gloves below:

For its part, Samsung can only confirm it’s currently “adjusting shipment volumes”, i.e. no longer selling the potentially hazardous device. Not directly, not indirectly, not through US carriers, and apparently, not in Europe either. That basically sounds like game over to us. For good.

Sources: The Verge, Sam Mobile (1), (2), Reuters

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