Samsung has confirmed that it is planning to cap Galaxy Note 7 battery life at just 30 percent in the United Kingdom. The South Korean company says the move is designed to further eliminate the risk of overheating and to “reinforce” customers to return their handsets.
Samsung killed off the Note 7 two months ago after it abandoned its attempts to fix a battery problem that caused some devices to overheat and explode. It then recalled all devices for a second time and pleaded with customers not to hold onto them.
Most handsets have now been returned, but it is estimated that 10 percent of those sold in Europe are still in customers’ hands. In an effort to get them all back, Samsung is taking steps to make them even more worthless.
“As part of our absolute focus on customer safety, from 15th December, all Galaxy Note 7 devices will receive a new battery software update that will limit the maximum charging capacity to 30 percent,” Samsung U.K. confirmed.
“This software update is designed to further minimise customer risk and reinforce to customers to replace their device through the Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Programme as soon as possible.”
Samsung has already capped battery life at 60 percent in some markets — including the U.S. — and blocked cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in others. It has also rolled out updates that add persistent popups that remind users to return their phone.