Samsung has been forced to suspended shipments of its latest Galaxy Note 7 device.
According to Reuters , the announcement follows reports that a number of Note 7 batteries have exploded. South Korean users took to social media to post images and videos of their charred handset.
The manufacturer explained to Mobile that shipments would be halted in order to carry out quality control tests, but failed to confirm what the problem was.
A Samsung spokesperson said: ‘At the moment Samsung are conducting additional quality control testing, which may delay shipment of the Galaxy Note7 in some markets.’
The timely news comes less than a week before Apple’s Keynote event at which the US tech giant is expected to pile pressure on Samsung with the launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus.
So far Samsung has reported huge success with its Galaxy Note 7 device, claiming that it has already sold out the handset one week after pre-orders began.
The launch of the highly anticipated handset marked the first time in two years that a Note device was sold in Europe, with many dealers predicting the handset would boost sales.