Samsung pushes Note 7 update to limit recharges

Alex Kidman 3 November 2016

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If you’re still hanging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, your device will shortly have its battery effectively halved as a safety measure.

While Samsung has been running its safety recall around the Note 7 for some time now, it would appear that there are still a few Note 7 devices in circulation. The most sensible step would be to return your device for a full refund, whether it’s part of the first or second wave of devices, due to the risks involved with Note 7 handsets catching fire while charging.

Samsung Australia has announced that on 5 November it will take the safety step of pushing an over-the-air update for the Note 7 that will limit the battery recharge level on Note 7 devices to a maximum of 60% of the battery capacity. The update will automatically download and update any Note 7 device still not updated, following a rollout that limited the battery capacity on the first wave of Note 7 devices. In other words, if you’re still silly enough to be holding onto your Note 7, pretty soon it will struggle to make it through the day, but at least the fire risks will be significantly reduced from you using it.

Samsung is still keen for anyone with a Note 7 device to return it on simple safety grounds and we’d wholeheartedly agree. We’d suggest that a refund is the most sensible option for anyone returning a Note 7 as it gives you a broad range of replacement options. There are many choices you can pick from, so start with our rundown of the best Note 7 replacement handsets.

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