We reported earlier last week of at least one Galaxy Note 7 smartphone malfunctioning and "exploding" whilst charging through its USB port. According to The Korea Herald, more Galaxy Note 7 units have been experiencing battery-related issues to the point where shares of both Samsung Electronics and Samsung Electro-Mechanics saw declines of just over 2.4 and 2.2 percent, respectively, during the start of the week.
The South Korean manufacturer has not made any official statements on the matter as the company is likely still in the middle of investigations. The source notes that all reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7 units thus far were carrying battery packs manufactured by the Korean firm ITM Semiconductor. In contrast, the Chinese version of the Galaxy Note 7 are equipped with battery packs manufactured by the company Amperex Technology. Thus, faulty units may be limited to a only a portion of all currently shipped Galaxy Note 7 models.
Should Samsung issue a recall, however, the move could cost the manufacturer a pretty penny as sales of the Galaxy Note 7 have already reached 400,000 in its home territory alone.
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.