China's quality watchdog — General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) — confirmed that Samsung will recall 1,858 units of Note 7.
Samsung had halted the sales and announced a global recall of Galaxy Note 7 on 2 September after reported cases of the device exploding while charging. However, sales in China were not stopped. This is because the Note 7 units in China pack a battery from a different supplier.
According to the quality watchdog, the recalled Note 7 devices were sold through Samsung's official website before the 1 September launch as part of a test experience.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently said it would ban the use and charging of Note 7 in airlines starting on 14 September. The CAAC said it would not allow the phones to be placed in checked-in baggage or sent as air freight, suggests a statement posted on its official website, spotted by Reuters.
Samsung's new Note is facing a ban in airlines operating in several other countries as well. So far, the US Federal Aviation Administration, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, airlines in the UAE, Qantas and Virgin Australia, as well as Philippines carrier Cebu Pacific Air have prohibited the use of Note 7 inside flights.
China's Amperex Technology Limited (ATL) is said to be the main supplier of batteries for the Note 7. ATL had received additional orders for Note 7 batteries after Samsung instigated the global recall.
ATL's chief operating officer Joe Kit Chu Lam told Reuters that the company witnessed a significant increase in business this month, although he did not provide details about the Note 7's battery supply. "We expect the situation to last for the coming one to two quarters. This will not bring any capacity issue," said Joe.