We’re already hearing potential buyers ask, “Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 safe?, “Can I fly with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?” and “Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 explode?” as they think about pre-ordering the new Note 8.
Last year the Galaxy Note 7 explosions brought the phone sales to a halt, caused property damage and inconvenienced a lot of customers. Battery problems and Note 7 explosions resulted in a recall, the phone being banned from flights and caused a lot of hassles.
Even if you didn’t have to return your Note 7, you’re aware of all the annoying problems that the recall caused and may be wondering if you should buy the Note 8 this year as your new phone.
The good news is that the Galaxy S8 is safe, and Samsung made some major changes to the production process with it that should carry over and make sure the Note 8 safe. Here’s what you need to know about the Galaxy Note 8 safety and what Samsung is doing to prevent Note 8 explosions.
Is the Galaxy Note 8 Safe?
After a year of reflection and time for changes, Samsung is taking a lot of steps and talking about them to convince users that the Galaxy Note 8 is safe. While it will take at least a few weeks after the Note 8 release date for any real world data on safety, here’s what we know now.
Sajeev Jesudas, the President of UL International states, “We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Note8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols. We look forward to maintaining our strategic relationship with Samsung to help ensure device safety for all consumers.”
Here are the the Galaxy Note 8 battery tests that Samsung uses to make sure the Galaxy Note 8 is safe;
- Durability Test – more frequent battery testing that includes overcharging, puncturing and extreme temps.
- Visual Inspection – Each battery is checked to make sure it is safe.
- X-Ray – Samsung performs an X-Ray test to make sure there are no internal abnormalities.
- Disassembling test – Take the battery apart to check quality and safety.
- OCV Test – Check for changes in voltage throughout manufacturing.
- Charge/Discharge Test – Large scale charging and discharging tests.
- TVOC – Testing to make sure there isn’t any possibility of leaking.
- Accelerated Usage Test – Simulated accelerated consumer usage scenarios.
We know that Samsung is doing a lot to make sure they don’t repeat the Galaxy Note 7 problems with the Galaxy Note 8. We won’t know how this plays out in the real world, but with the success of the Galaxy S8 safety and the testing that Samsung is doing under the guidance of UL International it is promising.
You should be able to fly with the Galaxy Note 8 in your pocket, but be prepared to calmly explain that this is a new Galaxy Note, and not part of the ban issued last October. Some airline employees may not be fully briefed and may simply think that all Note devices are the same.
If you are worried about whether or not the Galaxy Note 8 is safe, you may not want to pre-order the Note 8 at this time. Within a month or two of the release we should know more about the real world safety of the Galaxy Note 8.