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Samsung says battery defects caused fires of Galaxy Note 7

Source: EFE

Samsung Electronics said on Sunday that it was battery defects that caused dangerous fires in its model Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone, which had to stop manufacturing, reported EFE.

The statement is in response to a detailed investigation by the head of its mobile phone division, Koh Dong-jin.

Koh said that the release of the report is motivated by the need for the company to "recover the confidence" of the consumer after a fiasco that has lost about 6.1 trillion won (about 4.863 billion euros / 5,209 millions of dollars).

The study notes that some of the lithium-ion batteries studied showed internal short circuits and some also lacked insulation membranes due to errors in the manufacturing process.

The research was carried out over a month by the South Korean technological company itself and three other organizations: the US consultancies UL and Exponent, and the German technical inspection and certification company TÜV Rheinland.

Koh explained that some 700 researchers and engineers recreated loading and unloading processes with about 200,000 devices and about 30,000 lithium-ion batteries to detect and analyze faults.

The problem of the "phablet" Galaxy Note 7 was a major blow to the image of Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of mobile phones, and its accounts.

The company will publish tomorrow its results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and for the whole year, in which however a significant recovery of its operating profit is expected due to higher sales of chips and screens.

The conglomerate has also been recently sprinkled by the South Korean Rasputina corruption scandal in the face of involvement in Samsung Electronics Group's No. 1 plot and vice president, Lee Jae-yong, whose arrest was sought last week but ultimately Dismissed by a court.

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