The Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued over two months ago, but we still talk about it a lot for good reason, there are still quite a lot of them out there. Just last month Samsung confirmed that 90% of Note 7s had been taken off the market, but that last 10% is still a lot of phones. In fact, it’s so many that it still outnumbers the total sales of some other smartphones which are still available.
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According to research firm Apteligent, there are more Samsung Galaxy Note 7s currently in use (as of last week) than there are LG V20 and OnePlus 3T combined, and only a handful less than the Moto Z. To put that even further in context, the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Sony Xperia XZ (which unbelievably beats out both Pixels) all went on sale around the same time as the recall, and all three of those devices outnumber the number of Note 7s still on the market.
So what does this mean? For Samsung, it means the company still has quite a bit of work to do to get the rest of the Note 7s which are still on the market off the market. There’s certainly a tremendous difference between how many units were on the market compared to now, but there’s still more to be done. However, things should improve next month when Samsung sends out an update which will brick all Note 7s still in use.
For LG, it’s honestly a little sad. On paper and in practice, the LG V20 is an absolutely fantastic smartphone and as we noted, it’s easily one of the best Note 7 replacements. It could be that LG’s lack of sales in Europe hurt things a bit, and the lack of advertising definitely isn’t helping matters, but overall, it just seems like LG’s fantastic smartphone just isn’t catching on ─ shame…