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Xiaomi investigates exploding smartphones

14 SEP 2016

Less than two weeks after Samsung issued a recall of its Galaxy Note 7 due to faulty batteries that caught fire, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is investigating two cases of exploding Mi smartphones in China.

The vendor has hired a third-party organisation to look into the cases involving the Mi Max, which exploded while charging, and its Mi 4C, which caught fire in the back pocket of a user, according to the Taipei-based Central News Agency. The user, who suffered third-degree burns on his hip, has been compensated, the company said.

There is no indication that Xiaomi, which has lost market share this year to domestic rivals, is planning to issue a recall.

Samsung, which has advised consumers to stop using its Galaxy Note 7 and “immediately participate” in a replacement programme, said it has moved to sourcing all batteries for the model from China’s Amperex Technology. The defective batteries, which caught fire during charging and normal use, were apparently manufactured by Samsung SDI, which previously supplied about 70 per cent of the batteries for the Note 7.

Samsung said it will carry out a software update in South Korea on 20 September on Galaxy Note 7s that limits the charge to 60 per cent. Reuters said the company hasn’t decided if it will offer the update to other markets.

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Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he...

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