Samsung says it will resume selling Galaxy Note7 smartphones in South Korea on Sept 28

A signboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on Sept 2, 2016.
A signboard of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 at a Samsung showroom in Seoul on Sept 2, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday (Sept 16) it will resume selling new Galaxy Note7 smartphones to customers in South Korea starting on Sept 28, as the firm seeks to limit the fallout from a costly recall of the high-end device.

A Samsung spokesman told Reuters the schedule for restarting sales for the device elsewhere, including the United States, will depend on the circumstances for the individual markets. The firm has said it expects new sales to resume in Australia sometime in early October.

The world's top smartphone maker announced on Sept 2 a recall of the Note7 from 10 countries, including South Korea and the United States, due to faulty batteries that made some of the phones catch fire.

The firm halted sales in the affected markets indefinitely until it could replace enough of the faulty devices with replacement phones with safe batteries.