Samsung stops selling Galaxy Note 7 over battery explosions
In a statement released Friday, the tech giant said it would prepare replacement devices for those already sold. It was not immediately clear when new sales of the devices would begin.
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South Korean high school teacher Park Soo-Jung told The Associated Press she rushed to buy the Galaxy Note 7, pre-ordering and then activating it on Aug. 19.
The 34-year-old recounted by email that her phone later burst into flames, filling her bedroom with smoke smelling of chemicals.
An employee of a Samsung service center in Busan who visited Park's school to retrieve the scorched phone confirmed that her Galaxy Note 7 caught fire and said the sample was sent to the company's headquarters.
"If the exploded phone in flame was near my head, I would not have been able to write this post," she said in a popular online forum on Thursday, where she shared a photo of the scorched Note 7 and described dousing the burning phone with water.
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It is unusual for Samsung to confirm a delay in sales of a device, and rare for it to cite a quality issue.
"Every year, there have been accidents of battery explosions but it is the first time that six or seven cases happened within such a short period after the launch of a new product," said Ha Joon-doo, an analyst at Shinhan Investment Corp.
The Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is the latest iteration of Samsung's Note series. It features a giant screen and a stylus.
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