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What Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 battery fire means for future phonesCNET's Jessica Dolcourt explains what went wrong with the batteries in the Note 7 and what to expect from future phones like the rumored Galaxy S8.
Samsung has finally revealed the real cause behind the exploding Note 7 devices. Joining me is CNET's section editor Jessica Dolcou. Now Jessica, what exactly happened and why did the Note 7s explode? So Samsung with the help of some independent contractors who were working with the company discovered that there were actually two separate, unrelated fires. We had the first batch of Note 7 phones. That was the original run, and those had a fire based on a design flaw in the battery itself. Basically had two variables <inaudible>parts of the battery touch, and then it went boom. That was a very bad thing. So, then there was the second run. That was the replacement phone, and that had a </inaudible> Completely different battery error. That was actually made by a different battery company, as well. In that one, there was as welding error that left just a little bit of material that actually punctured a separator and had those two very volatile chemicals touch. So, this was very, very bad luck for Samsung. Now Samsung has also decided to roll out a battery checklist. How will this affect future phones such as the S8? Right, there is an eight point safety checklist now. These are either new protocols or enhanced protocols that Samsung already used. And they're already going to be in future phones like the Galaxy S8. So Samsung said That at the time of the discovery of this issue, that was the time that they were actually working on the S8 batteries. Samsung is also going to be leaving more room in the S8 for the battery to contract and expand, even though that was not the source of the issue. So right now, they're playing it safe. So what does this mean for future note phones? Will Samsung release a Note 8? Yes, there will definitely be a Note 8 and we are going to expect it around the same fall timeframe late August, early September. The Note is incredibly important to Samsung's portfolio. The device which features a large screen and a digital stylus is one that Samsung actually pioneered, it wasn't following Apple or anybody else. And there's an incredibly devoted following. So, this is a phone that we will see, this is a phone line that we're gonna see for years to come. Jessica, thank you so much, and make sure to stay up to date on all the latest Samsung news on cnet.com. [BLANK_AUDIO]