In late breaking news this Tuesday evening, Samsung has taken the drastic move of ending production of the troubled Galaxy Note 7, killing off the embattled smartphone for good. After carrier partners in Australia and around the world halted the sale of the phones, and stopped giving out the replacement ‘safe’ devices, Samsung took the step of announcing that it had paused production to assess the situation more properly.
Well, that assessment is in. After the new ‘safe’ versions proved to be anything but, and after halting sales, Samsung has finally decided that enough is enough, and the Note 7 will be shelved, with no more units to be made, and no more units to be sold. Here is Samsung’s statement on the matter:
“We recently readjusted the production volume for thorough investigation and quality control, but putting consumer safety as top priority, we have reached a final decision to halt production of Galaxy Note 7s.
Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”
It seems the final nail in the coffin of the Note 7 was Samsung’s home regulator — the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards — asking the company to stop selling or exchanging the Note 7 after confirming reports of defects in the original and replacement handsets.
We are seeking comment from Samsung Australia, but given the late hour, we don’t expect to receive anything much before tomorrow. However, we will update this story as it unfolds.