In the first 50 days of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus’ availability to the masses worldwide, Samsung is pleased to announce that not a single battery problem has been reported. This has definitely boosted confidence among consumers for the latest generation flagship from the South Korean conglomerate, and it does help to exorcise memories of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and its battery.
Samsung has been one of the modern day success stories when it comes to smartphones (and consumer electronics in general). In fact, the company’s Galaxy S series of smartphones have managed to capture the imagination of the masses over the years in different iterations, so you can be sure that expectations for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been sky high before its release. There is also an apprehensive feeling about it, especially since the Galaxy Note 7, the last flagship device to have been launched only to spontaneously combust because of a flawed battery problem. This too, after having performed a massive recall exercise worldwide. So much so that the Galaxy Note 7 was banned from all flights around the world, and so the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus needs to redeem the good name of Samsung.
Without a single battery problem reported concerning the latest Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagship smartphones since their launch in April, this is nothing but good news that is worth celebrating. There were some nail biting moments earlier when the flagship smartphones went on sale on April 21. After all, it was not too long before that production of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet stopped because of a battery flaw that allowed the device to spontaneously combust. Samsung has since stepped forward to take the full brunt of the blame for the faulty batteries, and promised to right their wrongs with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Which they duly did, of course.
So far, there has been no official or reported incidents concerning the battery of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. This is good news for investors and the world alike, as Samsung maintains their commitment to strict quality protocols regardless of the stage of the development process. Samsung definitely cannot afford another global fallout if the Galaxy S8 and its larger sized sibling fails in terms of its battery.
Apart from learning what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7’s battery, Samsung also made sure that they did not go ahead to expand the battery capacity,. This meant that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus arrived with non-removable 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries, respectively. The Galaxy Note 7 which was prone to experiencing a spontaneous combustion came with a 3,500 mAh battery.
Not only that, another effort that Samsung had done to prevent such a commercial disaster from happening ever again would be to alter its phone-testing facilities worldwide. These facilities will now carry an eight-point battery safety process that will see the implementation of a quartet of totally new tests, including having to X-ray all of these handsets before shipping happens. Such safety checkpoints have been adopted across its entire smartphone range, which means an entry level Samsung smartphone would have received an equally thorough checkup like the Galaxy S8 before being boxed.
This would no doubt drive up the overall cost for each smartphone, but you can be sure that they are still making a profit. It is also not surprising to see that the base price of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have also increased. Consumers will, once again, absorb all of these costs at the expense of looking chic and cool with the latest handset.