Bigwig South Korean smartphone maker Samsung Electronics said in a Thursday statement that it has exchanged "about half" of the potentially-explosive Galaxy Note 7 handsets for new devices in the US through its voluntary recall.
The disclosure by Samsung comes barely two days after the company said that it has shipped 500,000 replacement units of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets to US retailers.
The replacement Galaxy Note 7 handsets were shipped by Samsung to commence the process of replacing the nearly 1 million Galaxy Note 7 units sold in the US before the company issued a recall of the handsets due to a battery-explosion problem.
The exchange of nearly 50 percent of the recalled US Galaxy Note 7 handsets by Samsung, as of Thursday, marks a notable increase over 25 percent replacements completed by Samsung by Tuesday, and nearly 13 percent replacements completed by the company till September 15.
In its Thursday statement disclosing that almost 50 percent of the recalled Galaxy Note handsets in the US have been exchanged, Samsung also said that "90 percent of Galaxy Note7 owners have been opting to receive the new Galaxy Note7 since the phones became widely available on Wednesday, September 21."