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Samsung Quashes Battery Link to Report of Note 7 Fires in China

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Did Samsung Rush Note 7 to Beat iPhone?

Samsung Electronics Co. determined that a problem with batteries that triggered a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones wasn’t to blame for devices that burst into flame in China, saying their combustion was likely due to unspecified external heat sources.

The company launched a preliminary investigation after comments circulated over the weekend on social media about two of the high-end phones sold in China igniting, mirroring complaints by Note 7 users from the U.S. to South Korea. But on Monday, Samsung and its supplier Amperex Technology Ltd. said they found no evidence of a link between its batteries and the fires.