If you were expecting some long overdue positive development on the exploding Samsung phone news front, we guess you’ll just have to wait until next week, when replacements for faulty Galaxy Note 7 units should gradually start shipping around the world.
Meanwhile, more Galaxy devices, including older ones, are seen suspiciously blowing up on camera, software patches near their rollout for battery charge-limiting purposes, and the global Note 7 recall that reached Canada the other day now spreads to China.
But fret not, as only 1,858 copies of the hazardous S Pen phablet sold in the single largest smartphone market before September 1 are believed to pose dangers to their owners, who snapped them up on an “official Samsung website” as part of a mystery “testing scheme.”
That apparently failed, and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine comes in to make sure nobody gets hurt.
As for safety during flights operated by local airlines, it seems a comprehensive ban for China’s civil aviation authority is right around the corner, with the “use and charging of the Galaxy Note 7” up in the air, and even checked-in baggage storage soon to be outlawed.
In other news, Samsung plans to pause the phone’s domestic TV advertising campaign “sometime this week”, with commercials rebooted whenever sales are eventually resumed. Good call, both from a business standpoint, and considering the last thing people want to watch right now is clips hyping the Note 7’s supreme power.