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Report: Samsung’s exploding phones came from the pressure to beat Apple

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Based on little more than a rumor that the iPhone 7 was going to be a minor update with little innovation, Samsung pushed its designers, engineers and suppliers beyond the breaking point to produce the Galaxy Note 7 with multiple industry-first features and an earlier-than-expected launch date.

But when reports of burning and exploding smartphones began to flood in, Samsung knew it had gone too far.

According to sources speaking to Bloomberg, the company executives met early in 2016 to talk about the features it would include in the new Note 7. Under pressure to deliver, the company’s new phone chief D.J. Koh pushed to deliver new features such as a high-resolution curved screen, an iris scanner and a more powerful and faster-charging battery. – READ MORE

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