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Samsung Apparently Went Against Industry Standards – Conducted Battery Tests in-House

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 17, 2016
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Even though Samsung is attempting to make amends to wipe the smear off the Galaxy Note brand name, consumers are going to be talking about the Galaxy Note 7 battery problem for a considerably long period. Now, according to people close to the matter, most likely to announce the smartphone earlier than Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung has been reported to ignore standards and perform battery tests itself.

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The latest report suggests that Samsung went against the industry practice. Instead of testing these cells at one of the 28 labs certified by the wireless industry trade group CTIA to ensure that they comply with the standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Samsung tested this out using its own facilities. The approach was in a completely different direction since companies are actually required to test out batteries at these facilities.

CTIA certification revolves around a strict testing regime for smartphone batteries. This certification requires the battery to be tested in the following manner.

  • Battery must be tested on its own as when it’s powering the device.
  • Batteries are also put in high temperatures to simulate summer conditions. This is done so that overheating and combustion hazards can be discovered.

In addition to Samsung, Microsoft and Lenovo also operate their own labs for CTIA certification, but according to the latest report, both of them are being closed. This makes Samsung the only phone manufacturer to have its own facilities for CTIA certification. One spokesperson also stated that while testing the batteries in-house, Samsung was unable to locate any issues, so it is possible that the tests were not done in a meticulous manner as you normally would in the aforementioned 28 facilities. However, Samsung has been testing smartphone batteries on its own CTIA-certified lab since 2009 and this is the first time that such a problem has ever shown up.

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I am under the impression that in the company’s haste to announce its Galaxy Note 7 faster than the announcement of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it is possible that the company overlooked a few tests, which resulted in exploding phablets. I am definitely not ruling out anything, but this is the first thing that comes to my mind. Hopefully, when Galaxy S8 is being officially announced, the company is going to be more careful.

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