Here is how you will be able to identify Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with a fixed battery


Post-recall Galaxy Note 7 devices will include a new green battery icon, which’ll be displayed on the phone’s status bar, Always On Display screen, and Power Off screen.

Safe phones will have a black square near the barcode on their respective boxes
  • To differentiate the explosion-prone and revised Note7s, the Korean company is changing the color of the battery indicator in the status bar from white to green - zdnet.com.
  • Samsung's online IMEI check tool is now available to verify if a device is recalled or not - samsung.com.
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Starting September 13, Samsung users will have an established online database to check and tell if their Note 7 is affected or not.

New Device Identification
  1. New Galaxy Note7 packaging has clear identifiers on the box; a small black square on the white barcode label along with a white sticker with a blue letter ‘S’. 

  2. Once replacement Galaxy Note7 stock is available customers will be able to check their IMEI number on the online database that will be established on the Samsung. Alternatively, customers can speak to Samsung to check their device. 
  3. All Galaxy Note7 devices have a unique IMEI number so Samsung can identify and advise if an IMEI number belongs to a new replacement Galaxy Note7. 
Therefore, since IMEI is practically fool-proof, if you're buying a used Note 7, it won't take long to tell if you're buying a faulty one.
UPDATE Sept. 13, 2016

According to the Associated Press, Samsung issued a statement in a South Korean newspaper warning users in that country that their battery life would be limited to 60% unless they turn in their phones for new, non-exploding handsets. The idea is that users who refuse to exchange their phones for updated, safer models will be annoyed into doing so.

Samsung has not confirmed whether it plans to roll out this update to other parts of the world yet. There’s no good to wait and find out if you have a Note 7 right now, just head to Samsung’s Exchange Program site here and trade in your phone.


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