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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Announced After Reported Explosions

There have been 35 confirmed cases where the phone has caught fire.

02/09/2016 12:01 | Updated 02 September 2016

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is one of the best smartphones we’ve ever reviewed, aside of course from the tiny matter that a few of them keep exploding.

With 35 confirmed reports of the smartphone catching fire, Samsung has ceased all sales of the Note 7 and announced a mass recall after discovering a battery cell issue.

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In the UK customers who already have a Note 7 device, Samsung will voluntarily replace their current device with a brand-new one in the coming weeks.

Samsung recommends that those customers call their customer service team on 0330 726 1000.

In an official statement on the incident Samsung said: “In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.”

“In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.”

The decision to recall its new flagship product has unsurprisingly had a negative impact on Samsung’s share price, which dropped around 2 per cent.

What’s important to note is that this is a pretty major decision for the technology giant. 35 cases may be 35 cases too many, but when technology companies sell millions of devices every year this is a tiny number of handsets.

To then announce a full recall is a big decision.

The timing will be particularly unfortunate as Apple is due to unveil its brand new smartphone the iPhone 7 next week at a special event in California.

The event, which takes place on the 7 September will likely see the unveiling of both the iPhone 7 and a new Apple Watch 2.

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