The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was off to a good start when it was launched by the South Korean giant early this month. Critics and reviewers were even kind to quickly spread the good news about this new innovation in the smartphone industry. Unfortunately, it seems that the glory days of the Galaxy Note 5 successor are all in the recent past as complaints about bricked handsets have emerged online.
Many Galaxy Note 7 owners are now speaking out in online forums about insurmountable problems that they are experiencing while using their phones. Phone Arena has learned that such complaints range from crashes to bootloops and even to outright bricks. The phone-dedicated website can also vouch for these issues, since its Note 7 office unit has also been acting up lately.
Phone Arena states in its report that such problems, which it collectively refers to as #Brickgate, surface just a few days of average use. The site adds that when users attempt to activate safe mode or recovery, the problems tend to get worse.
However, the #Brickgate complaints that have emerged online thus far only came from users of the Galaxy Note 7 international variant with the Exynos 8890 Octa-core processor.
It remains to be seen if the U.S. variant with the Snapdragon 820 Qualcomm processor is also plagued by the same issues. Also, it remains to be seen if the South Korean company is already aware of these issues and is already working on a fix for #Brickgate.
The Galaxy Note 7 is the latest flagship from Samsung that sports a 5.7-inch dual-edge screen, an IP68 certified body, 4GB of RAM, a 3,500 mAh battery and an iris scanner, as per the official Samsung U.S. website.
Ever since it debuted, the demand for the device has been quite high that the South Korean tech giant revealed that supply constraints could be felt in some markets.
"As pre-order results for the Galaxy Note 7 have far exceeded our estimates, its release date in some markets has been adjusted," Samsung told Reuters in a statement on Aug. 23.
To address the ballooning demand for its new handset, Samsung said at the time that it was boosting production of the Note 7 to satisfy the demand of consumers “as early as possible.”