Friday, 02 September 2016 07:37

Explosion reports: Samsung may recall Note7 devices Featured


Samsung appears likely to recall all Galaxy Note7 devices sold at home and abroad after reports that a few of them exploded while charging, a company official told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The agency reported that the cause of the reported explosions had been traced to the battery.

It quoted the official as saying: "The most important thing is the safety of our customers and we don't want to disappoint our loyal customers."

The official told Yonhap that the company would announce the result of its investigation into the issue either by this weekend or early next week.

He said that the problematic batteries were only present in about 0.1% of the devices that had been sold.

Announcement of a recall was unlikely on Friday because Samsung was in talks with Verizon and other business partners.

The Note7, which has had many favourable reviews, was released in 10 countries on 19 August. iTWire's review is here.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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