We can’t even begin to imagine what kind of gigantic day-to-day headache the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is giving Samsung executives and engineers. But the recall is reality now, so Samsung just needs to go ahead and deal with it. One way of differentiating the new batch of Note 7 units coming out is that Samsung will give battery indicators a different color – although we don’t really know if that will allay safety fears.
According to Samsung, the new battery indicator will be tinted green instead of the regular white tint to differentiate the new units from the older ones. According to announcements in different markets, the replacement units should start hitting shelves no later than September 21, 2016.
And to help improve the image of these new units, analysts in Korea are suggesting that Samsung do a name change for the new batches. NH Investment & Securities analyst Lee Sae-cheol suggested they be called “Galaxy Note 7S”, with the S standing for safety, to avoid consumer confusion.
At this point, Samsung may be willing to do any little thing that will help alleviate the billions of dollars in profits lost with the Note 7 battery fiasco. The company was hoping to build on the success of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, and it was looking good until the incidents started to happen. Time will tell if the public will still trust the new Note 7 units coming in to replace the old defective ones.