The global Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall is still ongoing but the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is already making plans to return its latest flagship on the market as soon as possible. In fact, Note 7 sales were already supposed to resume in the company's home country this Wednesday but were suspended after a specific government's request. Namely, the Korean officials wanted Samsung to delay the Note 7 exchange program and the company complied. Thankfully, the delay won't be major as the smartphone maker just announced that Galaxy Note 7 sales are resuming this Saturday, October 1st.
Samsung's representatives stated that the company felt this is the right time to recommence the sales as it expects over 80% of recalled devices in the country will be returned by that date. Unfortunately, the firm didn't reveal the percentage of recalled devices that are currently in its possession. On the other hand, Samsung has resumed Galaxy Note 7 TV ads in Korea after suspending them earlier this month when first reports of faulty batteries started surfacing. In addition to that, the company has promised to cover 50% of all repair costs related to the device's screen to all South Korean nationals who purchase Galaxy Note 7 during October. It's a nice gesture but ultimately won't amount to much as the device's 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is one of the least likely components to get damaged.
For those unfamiliar, the Galaxy Note 7 ordeal started earlier this month when reports of devices catching fire and exploding while charging started surfacing. While Samsung has yet to officially confirm that, the most likely culprit is the battery manufactured by its subsidiary Samsung SDI which was initially responsible for 70% of all Galaxy Note 7 shipments. It's still unclear how a faulty battery managed to escape scrutiny and end up in mass production before anyone took notice but whatever ends up being the case, Samsung will probably want to forget September of 2016. Namely, initial estimates suggest that the South Korean tech giant will lose over a billion dollars due to the entire ordeal, not to mention the potential long-term damage its brand may have suffered.