Samsung delays Galaxy Note 7 shipments for more quality testing

The delay comes amid a handful of reports of exploding batteries in the flagship device.
Written by Stephanie Condon, Senior Writer

The Note 7 has received largely rave reviews.

Samsung is delaying shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 to conduct more quality control testing, the company confirmed to Reuters.

The company did not elaborate on why it needs to conduct more quality testing on the new, large-screen flagship device, which has been available in the US since Aug. 19.

However, the delay comes amid scattered reports of instances in which the battery of the device apparently exploded.

While less concerning, there have also been some reports of substandard performance, and ZDNet's Matthew Miller reported on his experience with lag and performance issues. After performing a hard reset, though, Miller reported having a "flawless" experience with the phone.

The Note 7, which features an improved curved glass design, water resistance, microSD expansion card, and usability improvements, has received largely rave reviews.

Delaying shipments could be a big blow to Samsung. Analysts at Hyundai Securities earlier this month predicted Samsung would ship a solid 12 million units of the Galaxy Note 7 in the final four months of 2016. The news of the delay comes just one week before Apple unveils its next generation iPhone.

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