We have a time of death, as Samsung finally called it yesterday following over a month’s worth of desperate resuscitation maneuvers, renewed (short-term) financial loss estimates are in, and we’ve also heard word of a few precautionary measures in place to stop the explosion plague from further spreading.

But do we know exactly what made both the first and second Galaxy Note 7 batches so randomly volatile? Remember, Samsung was quick to blame batteries manufactured by one of its own subsidiaries for the first wave of reported fires, replacing the cell supplier on the fly and, well, hoping for the best.

It’s quite a stretch to imagine ATL (Amperex Technology Limited) and Samsung SDI made the same exact component production mistakes, and it’s way more reasonable to assume something else was wrong with the device to begin with. Or at least something in addition to the faulty battery.

How did the internal testing team miss the root of the problem, and why can’t it still identify it? It’s simple, as well as mind-boggling, according to the New York Times’ well-connected sources. The hundreds of engineers tasked with inspecting the Galaxy Note 7 prior to and after the first recall never could replicate the explosions recorded in the wild.

“The problem seems to be far more complex”, a former director of the Center for Advanced Batteries at the Korea Electronics Technology Institute believes, adding “Samsung seems to have packed the Note 7 with so much innovation it became uncontrollable.” That said, it’ll be really interesting to see which of the rumored groundbreaking features will actually be incorporated into the Galaxy S8 next spring.

Source: NY Times

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