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Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 over fire risk

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William Hanselman
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Samsung has officially announced a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 device, due to launch in the UK today, following reports of a battery fault resulting in numerous fires.

Samsung has formally begun the recall process for its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone-cum-tablet, following reports that the battery can swell, rupture, and catch fire under normal use.

Originally due for release in the UK today following earlier international availability, Samsung has announced that it is delaying the launch and preparing to recall those handsets that have already been sold due to a serious flaw in the battery design.

'In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue,' Samsung's statement explains.

'To date as of September 1 there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market.

However, because our customers safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7.'

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