This time, Samsung is recalling the Note 7 in China as well (official statement)

While the Note 7 units sold in China didn't have the numerous incidents of spontaneous combustion reported elsewhere, perhaps on account of the fact that they are using battery packs from a different manufacturer, Samsung is now recalling those as well.

In a statement posted on its website in China, it announced basically the same thing it has announced everywhere today and yesterday - that it is halting sales and replacements for the Note 7, and everyone affected can return their unit for refund and exchange. The Note 7 pieces that were destined for the Chinese market weren't part of the initial recall, as their battery packs weren't made by Samsung's problematic SDI subsidiary, so Samsung only recalled two thousand or so units sold by third-party shops before the Note 7 was made official in the country. 

Now, however, all bets are off, it seems, and Samsung isn't taking any chances, as the latest incidents with the "safe" replacement units may indicate that there might be another problem, not just a rare fault in battery packaging that causes the anode and cathode to come together under pressure, and cause thermal runaway. 

Whether that is a problem with the battery cells chemistry itself, or a voltage controller gone rogue, or all of the above, remains to be seen, but until Samsung investigates together with the relevant authorities, it is asking all Note 7 owners in China to return their devices for a refund or exchange. That's just 190,984 Note 7 phones that have been sold in mainland China, according to a memo on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine regulator (GAQSIQ), but it's still a bummer, considering Samsung's push to regain a bit of market share in the country. Here is Samsung China's statement from today, ran through Google Translate:

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Oh boy... I'm tearing up

2. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Can't get the note 7 articles out fast enough phonearena?

3. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

This is the end of a company that entered the smartphones market by stealing and imitating the Apple first iPhone design and content. RIP Samsung.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They will join Nokia soon.


Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Let us wait and see. Too soon to forecast.


Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

Let us wait and see. Too soon to forecast.

8. YOURDADkid unregistered

WTF! STOP STOP STOP. Everywhere you go on PA all you see is Samsung Note 7. Come on guys, don't you have some other news? We know its fiasco and its over. No body wants Note 7. Can't we change the Topic now?

9. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Hate to break it to you, but Note articles are good for traffic. They aren't going anywhere dude.

14. YOURDADkid unregistered

I don't mind clicking on every articles and reading it. But dude don't you think so its too much now and we should start reading something new. We all know Note 7 was biggest mistake of Samsung and its finished. We need to move on. I am not favoring Samsung or against of any other Brand but come on.

15. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It is huge what happened. All the tech world is talking about that. I understand your frustration but you must live with. Samsung is f**king itself by itself.

10. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Best phone out there. It explodes and they ask you to return it, twice. Best phone out there.

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