Samsung Electronics is preparing a white paper on the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, South Korean media reported on Wednesday, quoting an unnamed official of the Seoul-based tech giant. The consumer electronics manufacturer is said to be working on a detailed report on the issue in an effort to inform its top executives on the matter and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. One of the company's executives told local media outlets that the white paper "will be published soon" but didn't provide a more specific timeframe for its release.
The largest phone maker in the world already published an initial report on the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, indicating that its two battery-making divisions made separate mistakes in the manufacturing process, with the batteries themselves beeing too compressed and consequently too volatile for everyday use. Following numerous reports of Galaxy Note 7 units catching fire and exploding all over the world, the South Korean tech giant recalled the device and returned it to the market after several weeks, only for the same problems to continue. The ordeal ultimately led to the discontinuation of the phablet, with Samsung vowing to improve its quality assurance and manufacturing practices in an effort to avoid a similar scenario in the future. The upcoming white paper is likely an extension of that endeavor and is reportedly being authored by Samsung SDI, the manufacturer of batteries that went into the majority of the initial Galaxy Note 7 batch. In addition to the Samsung Group-owned battery maker, several officials from Samsung's risk management division are also said to be contributing to the project.
The white paper itself will reportedly present a timeline of events that led to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, as well as Samsung's reaction to the ordeal. It's currently unclear how detailed the final work will be, though initial reports suggest that it will present at least some individual cases that Samsung has documented between the launch and discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. Only top executives at the company are expected to be privy to the contents of the white paper, industry sources say. The successor to the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to be released later this year while a refurbished variant of the original handset is scheduled to hit select markets in limited quantities in the coming weeks.