Samsung halted the shipment of the new Galaxy Note 7 amidst reports of the Note 7 exploding.
Samsung's flagship smartphones have enjoyed renewed popularity with the Galaxy S7 and the new Galaxy Note 7. The latter is now turning out to be a big problem for the South Korean manufacturer.
Reports of exploding Note 7 devices have triggered the company to halt the shipments. The Note 7 went on sale on August 19 in South Korea and according to The Chosun Ilbo the first case of a Note 7 exploding was reported on August 24. Earlier this week Ariel Gonzalez posted a video of his exploded Note 7.
Smartphones have exploded before, including the iPhone. Just last month, an iPhone 6 burnt a man's leg. The number of reports of Note 7 catching fire is though adding up over the past days.
Samsung has told Reuters late on Wednesday that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipments had been delayed for quality control testing, and that shipments to South Korea's top three mobile carriers had been halted.
This is super bad timing for Samsung as the iPhone 7 will be unveiled in a matter of days.
The Samsung Note 7 is now in quality control and Samsung engineers have to quickly find out what the cause of the fires are. It is clear that the battery is burning up, as the exploded Note 7 have the burn on the left side where the battery is located. If Samsung is lucky, than it is just a charge of faulty batteries. If the charging electronics is at fault, this might be a bigger problem to solve.
The Chosun Ilbo quotes a staffer at a battery maker: "The rapid recharging function of the Galaxy Note 7 generates more heat than conventional recharging and puts a lot of strain on the battery." Samsung has not commented yet on the cause of the Note 7 explosions.