Samsung Halts Galaxy Note 7 Shipments After Reports Surface Of Charging-Related Explosions

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is the “new hotness”, so to speak, in the Android smartphone world. The Marshmallow flagship sports a 5.7-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, futuristic retina scanner, and of course, stylus pen input. However, some users have found that the Galaxy Note 7 is a little too hot — explosively hot in fact.

Reports coming out of Korea confirm that at least two Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have exploded while charging. One user reported last week that his Galaxy Note 7 caught on fire while charging. That incident was followed up this week by another user, who claims that their Galaxy Note 7 also burst into flames while its battery was being topped off. So far, the only common link between the two is that the people were using a microUSB to USB-C adapter (which is included in the retail box) while charging the device.

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Considering that Samsung doesn’t want any additional incidents to occur, perhaps with more disastrous results, The Korea Herald is reporting that the South Korean company has suspended shipments of the Galaxy Note 7. “Samsung has stopped supplying the phones even though preorders have not yet been shipped,” stated one telecom representative that wished to remain anonymous. “It is unclear whether the suspension is because of production constraints or a probe into the recent explosions.”

In a statement to Reuters, Samsung confirmed the halt in shipments, writing, "Shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 are being delayed due to additional tests being conducted for product quality.”

Samsung was expecting red hot sales of the Galaxy Note 7 to further fuel its booming mobile division’s earnings, but this isn’t the kind of heat that the company was expecting. And we’re certain that Samsung customers expect better quality control for a device that costs $850 off-contract.


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