Samsung to explain Galaxy Note 7 fire today


January 23, 2017
Samsung Electronics Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP):

Samsung Electronics said it will today announce the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire.

The Galaxy Note 7 was a fiasco for the world's largest smartphone maker. Samsung recalled and eventually discontinued it after numerous reports of it overheating and bursting into flames.

Initially, Samsung said it found that a small error in the manufacturing process for some of the batteries in the phones was to blame. It replaced the phones with a new battery, but those replaced phones also overheated and caught fire, prompting Samsung to pull the phones from the market. That cost Samsung at least $5 billion.