SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) halted sales of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Tuesday and told owners to stop using them while it investigates reports of fires, fuelling expectations the tech giant will scrap the flagship device.
Samsung is now considering permanently halting sales of its flagship smartphones as an option, a source familiar with the matter said, after fresh reports of fires in replacement devices prompted new warnings from regulators, phone carriers and airlines.
The person, who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Samsung had not yet made a final decision. A Samsung spokeswoman said nothing had been decided about future sales plans.
The world’s top smartphone maker earlier said it had asked all global carriers to stop sales of the Note 7s and the exchange of original devices for…