$3bn up in smoke: Samsung reveals losses on Galaxy Note 7 recall

That's five times as much as it may owe Apple

Between its never ending patent lawsuits with Apple and the Galaxy Note 7 recall, Samsung's bills are – wait for it – exploding.

The South Korean electronics giant says it'll lose approximately $3.1 billion (about £2.53b, AU$4.08b) on the Note 7 recall over the next six months.

That's more than triple the first recall estimate of $1 billion (about £820m, AU$1.32b). Unfortunately for Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 replacements caught on fire, too, demanding the ultimate cancellation of the phone.

Today's new figure is on top of the $2.3 billion (about £1.9b, AU$3b) hit it just took on third quarter earnings, according to Bloomberg.

In total, that's a $5.4 billion loss due to the overheating phone. The Note 7 has also hurt the Samsung brand going forward and robbed Android owners of an otherwise enviable smartphone.

Samsung's post-Note 7 plan

Samsung is down, but not out. The broader company is still profiting heavily from its semiconductor business. It makes RAM for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, for example.

The mobile division is also relying on the strength of the smaller S7 series to maintain its Galaxy line. It'll pay you to swap your Note 7 for an iPhone, but pay you four times as much if you exchange it for a Samsung phone instead.

"Moving forward, Samsung Electronics plans to normalize its mobile business by expanding sales of flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge," Samsung said in its press release. 

"Additionally, the company will focus on enhancing product safety for consumers by making significant changes in its quality assurance processes."

The S7 series will have to carry the company until February, when the company is expected to announce the Samsung Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017.


Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting mobile editor in Los Angeles. As an expert in iOS and Android, he owns over 120 phones that someone keeps setting the alarms on simultaneously. He received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.