Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is now being recalled and the company plans to recycle the phone, but it's not as simple as it sounds
New York & London, 12th Oct., 2016, Red Newswire/-
The explosive Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is being recalled by its manufacturer following reports of the smartphone blowing up even after it was updated and replaced. While that was an unfortunate event for the smartphone maker and its users worldwide alike, there's yet another entity that is being affected because of this whole development.
Believe it or not, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now on its way to wound Mother Nature. According to experts speaking to Motherboard, the field of phone recycling is currently very young and is yet to reach adolescence. Because of this, many elements/materials used in building smartphones won't be recycled at all. These include the likes of cobalt and indium-- materials which are being used extensively in modern day handhelds.
What does that equate to, you might wonder. Taking into account that the Note 7 sold like cupcakes, and there are at least 2.5 million units out there, there is going to be a significant amount of e-waste the world will have to cope with. It might not be much, but it could surely be avoided if the phone could have been refurbished.
“This isn’t going to be the last time we see a device with an overheating or exploding battery. We are building little bombs into every single electronic device we use, and there’s a lot of challenging chemistry,”
Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit said.
“The batteries in these phones are at 90 percent of their theoretical maximum energy you can pack into that chemistry. When you try to push that to 91 percent, you have this tradeoff between the battery life we want and safety. We’re pushing closer and closer to the safe line with every generation of phone that comes out.”