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The cause of Note7 fires is said to be its battery. More info coming Jan 23 (Updated)

By Bryan Chan & Cookie Monster - on 20 Jan 2017, 10:15am

The cause of Note7 fires is said to be its battery. More info coming Jan 23 (Updated)

Updated on January 20, 2017, 10:15am: Samsung has confirmed that it will be holding a press conference at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, this coming Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:00am (9:00am in Malaysia) to announce the findings of its Galaxy Note7 investigation. The conference will be attended by ‘independent expert organizations’ who will likewise be sharing the findings of their own investigation. The conference will be livestreamed in English at Samsung.com.

Original article below: 

Samsung is likely to reveal the results of the investigation on the Galaxy Note7 on January 23 and the battery is said to be the main cause of the fires.

According to Reuters, a person familiar with the matter claims that Samsung was able to replicate the fires during its investigation and neither hardware design nor software-related issues could explain the cause of the fires. 

If battery is really the main cause, Samsung has a lot of explanation to do. During the early phases of the crisis, Samsung said that it had worked around the clock with its suppliers to ensure the highest quality manufacturing and quality assurance processes were in place, and that after a thorough inspection, they were confident that the battery issue had been completely resolved with another supplier

The New York Times also reported in mid October that Samsung did not know what went wrong with the Galaxy Note7 as hundreds of Samsung engineers and employees were unable to reproduce the explosions for the first batch and the replacement units. This led to the South Korean government stepping in to assist in the investigations.  There were several other speculations on what caused the Galaxy Note7 to catch fire such as skipping critical testing stages to rush the product to market ahead of the iPhone 7, tweaking of the processor to speed up charging, and an aggressive design. 

Source: Reuters