Samsung ceases production of Galaxy Note7 as replacement phones catch fire

Samsung logoThe Galaxy Note7 has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for Samsung. Problems with exploding batteries wiped billions off the value of the company and led to a recall, but it soon transpired that even replacement handsets were problematic, with a number of reports of replacement handsets overheating, catching fire, or exploding.

Now South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that Samsung has temporarily suspended production of the flagship Android smartphone. It's a move that will unnerve investors, but one that is being carried out in conjunction with safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China.

Samsung ceases production of Galaxy Note7 as replacement phones catch fire

The Yonhap News Agency cites an anonymous source who works at a supplier for Samsung. They said: "This measure includes a Samsung plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global shipments". Samsung is yet to comment on the matter, but it comes as a serious blow after the initial recall.

The decision to cease production follows the decision by numerous carriers to stop selling the Galaxy Note7. AT&T is no longer exchanging handsets, and T-Mobile says that it is temporarily halting sales and exchanges.

With Samsung's reputation already somewhat battered by the Galaxy Note7 battery debacle, it is difficult to see how the company will be able to rebuild faith in the smartphone.

Source: Betanews

Tags: Galaxy Note 7, Samsung, smartphones

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