A state-sponsored investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco confirmed Samsung's findings published in January, the South Korean government revealed on Monday. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards concluded that some Galaxy Note 7 units shipped with damaged battery electrodes while others featured batteries missing crucial insulation materials. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy blamed the flaws on Amperex Technology and Samsung SDI, the two battery-making divisions of Samsung Electronics. The trade ministry found no other flaws in the Galaxy Note 7 and concluded that the device otherwise shipped with safe hardware and software, meaning that numerous cases of the phone catching fire and exploding were exclusively caused by faulty batteries powering it.
The ministry's official Kim Jeong-hoi implied that the entire fiasco was ultimately caused by the fact that Samsung was rushing to innovate in the battery segment without conducting all of the necessary safety inspections, adding that Samsung's battery-making "companies should have focused more on safety issues in their manufacturing process." Samsung already apologized for the ordeal caused by the Galaxy Note 7 on numerous occasions and vowed to improve its manufacturing and quality assurance practices to ensure a fiasco of this magnitude never happens again. After launching in August of 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 was subject to two recalls before being discontinued in October. The entire ordeal cost Samsung billions of dollars and negatively affected the Samsung Galaxy Note brand. However, the Seoul-based tech giant already confirmed that it's not giving up on the Galaxy Note lineup and will be releasing the Galaxy Note 8 this year, presumably in late summer or early fall.
Apart from corroborating Samsung's findings pertaining to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the South Korean trade ministry also announced a new set of battery safety rules on Monday. All original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) operating in the Far Eastern country will be subject to the new regulatory framework that's expected to come into force later this year. The new regulations were designed as a direct response to the Galaxy Note 7 fires, the ministry revealed. More information on the incoming battery safety rules will likely be revealed soon and as for the Galaxy Note 7 – it seems that this unfortunate episode is now finally over.