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Samsung reportedly planning recall for Galaxy Note 7

The electronics giant is planning an unprecedented global recall amid reports of the handset's battery exploding, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Samsung may need to recall all its Note 7 phones.

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Editors' note: Samsung has now officially recalled the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide. See the full story here.

Samsung is planning to announce a global recall of its new Galaxy Note 7 phone in less than a week, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, amid reports that batteries in some of the devices have exploded.

Word that an unprecedented recall was imminent comes a day after Reuters reported that Samsung will delay shipments of the Galaxy Note 7 to do additional quality tests. Users have posted images and videos of charred Galaxy Note 7s on South Korean social media, saying the phones' batteries were exploding en route to customers.

Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Note 7 recall reports on Friday.

"In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue," a statement from the company read.

"For customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will provide a resolution of their choice including a replacement, repair or refund over the coming weeks."

The company claimed that 35 cases of the battery issue have been reported globally.

Samsung, which released the phone less than two weeks ago, boasts of the new handset's robust battery life.

First published September 1 at 4:42 p.m. PT
Update 11:46 p.m. PT: Replaced Samsung Australia statement with Samsung's confirmation on the recall.