Tech giant Samsung Electronics is likely to announce the worldwide recall of all of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as reports of the device’s battery exploding while charging emerged on social media. The Korean smartphone maker has now delayed the shipments of the Note 7 to conduct additional quality testing, Reuters reported.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency citing anonymous Samsung officials said the cause of the reported explosion has been traced to the battery and that the company is expected to announce the recall of all the phones sold.
“Products installed with the problematic battery account for less than 0.1% of the entire volume sold,” the agency reported. However, there is no word from company about its plans to recall the phones. It is in talks with Verizon and other sellers on the recall process.
Samsung has sold more than 4 lakh units of Note 7 in Korea alone, as per a report by The Korea Herald. The report, however, said the smartphone maker will replace the battery in all of its Galaxy Note 7 for free.
Launched on August 2, Galaxy Note 7 is the company’s latest flagship device. Note 7 went on sale in 10 countries on August 10 and was launched in India on August 11.
Priced at Rs 59, 000, the phone has a 3,500 mAh battery. It comes with a curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen and is equipped with 64 Bit, Octa-Core processor (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) and 4GB RAM. This is the first device in the Note family to be water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes.
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