Samsung’s desire to beat Apple’s iPhone 7 caused the company to rush the production of the Note 7, resulting in a massive recall due to faulty batteries.
According to a report by Bloomberg, Samsung decided to accelerate the launch of the Note 7 after it learnt the iPhone 7 would not have “eye-popping innovations”.
“They pushed suppliers to meet tighter deadlines, despite loads of new features, a person with direct knowledge said,” reported Bloomberg.
“Then it all backfired.”
Following the launch of the Note 7, users reported their batteries were catching fire and exploding. A recall was issued for the device, and Samsung announced it would replace the 2.5 million units it had shipped so far.
Reports state that the phone’s battery was too big for its compartment and the tight space pinched the battery, causing a short circuit.