In recent times, Samsung publicized the findings of a multi-party probe looking at its Note 7 fiasco.
In what seems to be an ironic turn of events, Samsung SDI's factory in Tianjin' Wuqing district in China had apparently caught on fire. Regardless, it sounds like the fire is out now and the factory is up and running making more (hopefully less combustible) batteries. Japanese company Murata Manufacturing has been included as a provider alongside Samsung's subsidiary Samsung SDI and China's ATL.
Samsung SDI is the South Korean giant's dedicated battery and energy offshoot. It's expected that Samsung will unveil the new device next month, with the actual release date tipped for sometime in April. Samsung eventually confirmed the cause of the fire was a battery defect that could lead to catastrophic failure. The vast majority of Note 7 handsets have now been returned to the company, although some devices remain unaccounted for. While reviewers generally applauded the smartphone's design and performance, a battery flaw caused it to overheat and in some cases, catch fire. Samsung has issued software updates that limit the phone's functionality, pressuring customers to participate in the recall.
Recently, photos of the rear housing for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus surfaced through the Chinese social media website Weibo.
One Samsung official has been reported by the Korea Herald to have stated the following regarding the company's decision on the battery capacity present in the Galaxy S8. Samsung will keep its glass-aluminum design for both devices. The feature-packed Galaxy S7 was one of the better selling devices for the company past year.
A Samsung spokesperson announced that the fire was small (though the black smoke spilling over the skies doesn't exactly look "small") and clarified that it happened at a waste depository factory, not a production one.