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Samsung ordered to X-ray Note 7 batteries

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The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards has ordered Samsung and its battery suppliers to X-ray batteries in Note 7 handsets following a global recall of the phones.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean firm has been told to perform the scans before any new Note 7 handset can be sold or used as part of the replacement scheme.

The company was forced to recall Note 7 handsets after an issue with the battery caused some phones to start smoking, and even explode.

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Scanning the phones should ensure they don't come with any of the known manufacturing errors, known to lead to the battery issues.

Manufacturing errors have resulted in pressure on isolation plates in the batteries, causing negative and positive poles to come together. This results in a thermal runaway which causes Note 7s to combust.

The X-ray news comes as cabin crew on an Indian passenger plane had to use a fire extinguisher on a smoking Note 7.

As the BBC reports, the smoking handset was dealt with by cabin crew, did not cause the aircraft to land, and no one was injured as a result of the incident.

Those in the UK who have experienced problems should be able to exchange their handsets by the end of November.

Speaking to Reuters, Samsung’s European CMO David Lowes said new safe versions of the Note 7 should be available by that time, "well before the end of the fourth quarter".

If you've experienced any problems with your handset, it's a good idea to take it back to the supplier as soon as possible.

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Let us know if you've had any issues with the Note 7 in the comments.

Steve

September 24, 2016, 2:11 am

Please stop making up news. The smoking phone mentioned in the BBC report was a Note 2 and for all we know the battery could have been a third party battery.

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