Samsung to limit recharging of faulty Galaxy Note 7 batteries
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