A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul, South Korea, September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo
A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul, South Korea, September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

According to a report by Instrumental, the aggressive design strategy of cramming the biggest possible battery into the smallest possible frame is what caused the Galaxy Note 7 to explode.

The large battery inside a 5.7-inch device with all the other features, including a separate slot for the S Pen to fit in, has reportedly been the cause of these explosions.

To fit the large battery, Samsung left virtually no space (less than 0.1mm in some places) around the circumference, when the company ideally should have left a 10% gap for the battery to expand over time. The compression of the battery thanks to the stress of being placed in pockets, alongside the natural swelling, is reportedly the driving factor causing many Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units to catch fire.

A high resolution image from an Instrumental station shows the tight XY clearances to the battery. Credit: Instrumental
A high resolution image from an Instrumental station shows the tight XY clearances to the battery. Credit: Instrumental

If this is true, this design ignorance proved to be fatal for the company – both in respect of brand value and monetary losses. The report also stresses that the recall was imminent, as the problem would’ve worsened in the future. For those Galaxy Note 7’s that didn’t explode till recall, would do so eventually, as the battery tends to swell up through continual recharging over time, and with no place to expand, the smartphone would explode under pressure.

Credit: NDTV, Instrumental