October 11, 2016 / 6:45 AM / a year ago

Samsung Electronics could permanently halt Galaxy Note 7 sales - source

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is considering permanently halting sales of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones as an option after fresh reports of fires in the premium devices, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 is seen at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The person, who declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak publicly on the matter, said Samsung had not yet made a final decision.

Samsung did not immediately comment on whether it is considering ending Note 7 sales for good.

Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates

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