Samsung Note 7 Replacement Catches Fire in US

A Samsung Note 7 phone has caught fire during a flight in the US. 

Korean technology powerhouse Samsung recalled 2.5 million smartphones in September following reports that the devices were catching fire during or after charging. 

One of its new replacement handsets caught alight during a flight in the U.S. Brian Green, an owner of a replacement handset, has claimed that his phone started smouldering when he was on board a Southwest airlines cross country flight. 

Samsung recalled 60% of its recently released Note 7 in Japan and the US. Originally, the company blamed its initial recall on faulty batteries, but the continued malfunctioning suggests otherwise. 

A Samsung spokeswoman said: “Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.” 

Some analysts have said the impact of the faulty Note 7s could cost Samsung $5bn in revenue.

The phone, priced at almost $1,000, was met with favourable reviews when it launched in August 2016. 

When the faults emerged and the recall was announced, the company lost $11bn in value, though this has now been recovered. 

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