Samsung Galaxy Notes hit by reports of exploding batteries

09:45 PM | 1 Sep, 2016
Samsung Galaxy Notes hit by reports of exploding batteries
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SEOUL (Web Desk) - The recovery in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd mobile business suffered a blow as reports of exploding batteries forced the firm to delay shipments of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, and knocked $7 billion off its market value.

According to Seoul, South Korea-based news agency Yonhap News, as many as five Note 7 owners have documented their units suddenly catching fire, and Samsung has halted shipments of the Note 7 to South Korean mobile carriers in order to “investigate” the issue.

The news broke earlier this week, but Samsung was initially reluctant to confirm that the delay in shipments was deliberate. “We are checking whether the deliveries were halted or not,” a Samsung official told Yonhap News. But on Wednesday, the company was a bit more forthcoming: A spokesperson told Reuters that Samsung was “delaying [deliveries] due to additional tests being conducted for product quality.”