Samsung to cap Galaxy Note 7 battery charge in South Korea via software update

Samsung has not decided whether to implement similar software upgrades limiting battery charging for the Galaxy Note 7 in markets other than South Korea


The software update, which will be automatic, will begin at 2 am local time on 20 September, Samsung said in a statement. Photo: Reuters
The software update, which will be automatic, will begin at 2 am local time on 20 September, Samsung said in a statement. Photo: Reuters

Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which has urged users of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone to turn them in due to fire-prone batteries, said it will perform a software update in South Korea that limits the devices’ charge to 60%.

The move comes as Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, also ran local advertisements apologising for a recall that is unprecedented for a company that prides itself on its manufacturing prowess.

It has not decided whether to implement similar software upgrades limiting battery charging in markets other than South Korea, a company spokeswoman said.

The software update, which will be automatic, will begin at 2 am local time on 20 September, Samsung said in a statement.

The firm has sold 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones in 10 markets including South Korea and the US that are subject to the recall.

Samsung plans to begin offering replacement phones with safe batteries on 19 September in South Korea.

A series of warnings from regulators and airlines around the world has raised fears for the future of the flagship device, pushing Samsung shares lower.

South Korea’s markets were closed on Wednesday for a public holiday. Reuters

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