Samsung’s software fix for Note 7 fires: Reduce battery life by 40 percent

Samsung released a software solution for Note 7 users who haven’t yet returned or exchanged their phone after a voluntary product recall. The update will cap the battery’s recharge capacity at 60 percent.

An issue that causes the anode and cathode to touch and erupt in flames has caused physical- and property damage. Although customers are urged to exchange or return the phone, the remotely-administered software update is seen as a quick fix to prevent future problems.

Samsung released information about the software update in a South Korean newspaper advertisement, according to the Associated Press. The update will start September 20th for South Korean customers. It is unknown at the time whether the US or other parts of the world will receive the update.

What does it mean to artificially limit battery charging to 60 percent? The update will shorten the Note 7’s battery life by a considerable chunk, requiring more frequent charging throughout the day. Coupled with the fact that the Galaxy Note 7 is a phone with a premium price, this may upset existing Samsung users.

If Samsung does cap battery life, we expect it to be temporary until the new Note 7 crop passes future inspection. If you have the phone, we strongly recommend that you return or exchange your Note 7.

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