Samsung to limit recharg­ing of faulty Galaxy Note 7 bat­ter­ies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

SEOUL: Samsung said yes­ter­day it would limit recharg­ing of the bat­ter­ies of its Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones to lower the risk of ex­plo­sions in a mea­sure ap­par­ently in­tended to jolt users into re­turn­ing their de­vices fol­low­ing a re­call.

The South Korean elec­tron­ics gi­ant on Sept 2 sus­pended sales of its lat­est flag­ship smart­phone and an­nounced a re­call of 2.5 mil­lion units al­ready sold, after faulty bat­ter­ies caused some hand­sets to ex­plode dur­ing charg­ing.

Samsung an­nounced a soft­ware up­date that will limit bat­tery recharges to 60% of ca­pac­ity in a half-page ad­vert car­ried by ma­jor South Korean news­pa­pers.

It would pre­vent the phones from over­heat­ing, and thus ex­plod­ing, but would ef­fec­tively mean a down­grade of the high-end de­vice.

The au­to­matic up­date for South Korean users will take place on Sept 20, a day after Samsung be­gins to hand out new Note 7 hand­sets with fault-free bat­ter­ies.

Samsung had ad­vised con­sumers to trade their hand­sets for tem­po­rary re­place­ment phones pro­vided by the firm un­til it re­leases new Note 7s.

But many users have snubbed the of­fer, choos­ing to wait un­til the new phones were avail­able, cit­ing the in­con­ve­nience of switch­ing de­vices for an in­terim pe­riod. – AFP

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