The Wall Street Journal: Samsung Electronics delays Galaxy Note 7 shipments for further inspections

SEOUL–Samsung Electronics said it halted shipments of its newly launched Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea from Wednesday.

In a statement to reporters, Samsung 005930, -1.52% said that “Galaxy Note 7 shipments are being delayed as devices are undergoing additional quality inspection tests.”

An official from Samsung said he couldn’t confirm details of inspections or possible problems with the phones.

Samsung’s announcement follows a report from South Korea’s national news agency Yonhap stating that five claims have been made globally of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones exploding or catching fire while being charged.

An expanded version of this report is available on WSJ.com.

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