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Galaxy Note 7: Samsung halts production of troubled smartphone

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Samsung has stopped production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to reports from Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

An anonymous insider from the tech company purportedly disclosed the news, but did not say when Samsung had made the decision or whether it would resume production in the future.

Samsung has yet to officially confirm or deny the reports.

Samsung was forced to issue a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 in early September, after a series of reports of the phone exploding and catching on fire.

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Although Samsung said around 60% of owners had taken advantage of its device replacement programme, stories about new handsets suffering the same issues have continued to emerge.

Last week, a domestic flight in the United States was evacuated after a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire before take off.

Two US networks, AT&T and T–Mobile, have said that they have stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung had said it would relaunch the handset across Europe on October 28th, although that now seems unlikely.

Recent Samsung financial results suggested the company’s bottom line had not been affected by the controversy.

However, with questions about the handset’s long term availability raising their head, it could be that Samsung is set to suffer badly in the run-up to Christmas.

The problems are also likely to affect sales of future smartphones.

Samsung is said to be working on a bendable smartphone, due for release in early 2017.

Source Guardian

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