Samsung’s phone fiasco has become exceedingly complex, as things tend to be in China, with two recent phone explosions in the country.

This happened three days after Samsung pledged that Note 7 handsets manufactured for official sale in China were perfectly safe because the batteries came from a separate supplier and therefore faultless.

Both the battery supplier ATL and Samsung have come out with statements saying that from the looks of the burn marks, the fires were not directly caused by batteries, but that the phones were exposed to an “external heat source”.

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April Ma

Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).