Samsung recalls new phones over battery issue

Some of new Galaxy Note 7s caught fire while charging

2nd September, 2016
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Pic: Getty

Samsung Electronics has recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of a faulty battery and announced a global replacement programme. The move comes days before arch-rival Apple is set to unveil its newest iPhones.

Sales of the large-screen device will be halted in 10 countries, Koh Dong Jin, head of Samsung’s mobile division, said today. He also apologised for the battery issue, which has been linked to explosions of the phone when charging.

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