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Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production

Samsung halts Galaxy Note 7 production due to repeated explosions
Burnt Samsung Galaxy Note 7
After five incidents involving Note 7 units that were supposed to be safe, it looks like Samsung has decided to stop production of this phablet.

Samsung will probably have a very sad holiday season this year, as it looks like the company will no longer have a top-of-the-line Galaxy Note phablet in its portfolio. What we hoped to remain one or two isolated incidents turned into a stream of at least five Galaxy Note 7 devices blowing up/igniting/overheating last week, all of them being replacement units that were supposed to be safe.

South Korean Yonhap News Agency cited an unnamed source working for a company in Samsung's supply chain who revealed that the tech giant had halted production of the Galaxy Note 7. For now, this is a temporary measure required to investigate the origin of the problems. Unfortunately, the company's image - or at least the consumers' trust in the Note 7 - has received a heavy blow and it will be pretty hard to recover from it.

Samsung has not issued any official statement yet, but in the US things are not going bright. All major US carriers have decided to stop issuing Galaxy Note 7 replacements and to offer their customers full support to replace these troubled handsets with other devices in the portfolio. We will surely hear more about this smoking hot story later this week, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-10-10 (Update: 2016-10-10)