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- Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung announced a worldwide recall of millions of new Galaxy Note 7 devices that had become unofficially known as "phablets," because the smartphone is nearly as big as a tablet.
South Korean news agency Yonhap was the first to report Aug. 31 that Samsung halted delivery of the devices after some users complained about "explosions" while the devices were being charged. The New York Times reported Friday that Samsung—the world's biggest manufacturer of smartphones—was recalling approximately 2.5 million of the devices.
According to The Times, "the battery fires threaten to undermine Samsung's efforts, giving an edge to Apple." The recall came days before Apple was expected to unveil its latest iteration of the iPhone.
The Wall Street Journal reports the company had shipped 2.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 since its launch on Aug. 19. Major U.S. carriers, including Sprint, confirmed to WSJ that the phone had been withdrawn from salesrooms by Friday morning.