Samsung is preparing to release a final software update for its Galaxy Note7 in its home market of South Korea, which will effectively render the device unusable. It follows a global recall process that began last year, after a series of fires which the company later attributed to problems with the handsets' batteries.
This won't be the first time that Samsung has pushed out an update to encourage users of the fiery flagship to return the device for a refund or an alternative replacement handset. It previously issued an update that restricted the battery to 60% of its full charge. In December, it began to fully disable charging capabilities on the device in the United States.
Now, The Korea Herald reports that Samsung has confirmed it will begin rolling out a similar update in its home market of South Korea this week. Around 97% of Galaxy Note7 handsets have already been returned there under the recall program.
Samsung said in January that it will release a Galaxy Note8, and that it will be "better, safer, and very innovative". This Wednesday, it will officially announce its latest flagship-class handset, the Galaxy S8, details of which have been extensively revealed in recent leaks.
Source: The Korea Herald