SEOUL, April 28 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
said the number of its flagship Galaxy S5
smartphones shipped with non-working cameras was "very limited"
and that it has taken measures to ensure the issue does not
recur in new shipments.
Reports of the problem surfaced last week and come less than
a month after the phone's global launch, with Samsung banking on
the S5 to outdo its predecessor and rebuild momentum for the
brand in an increasingly competitive market.
The South Korean firm has warned profits are likely to have
fallen in January-March from a year earlier, its second straight
quarter of decline.
"We have discovered that the issue has been seen in a very
limited portion of early production Galaxy S5 units, and was
caused by complications in the ROM (Read Only Memory) component
which stores the information necessary to operate the camera,"
Samsung said in an e-mailed statement.
A company spokeswoman on Monday declined to specify the
number of phones affected but said the problem had been reported
in the United States and a few other countries.
Customers affected by the S5 camera failure should contact
Samsung's customer service or the mobile service provider, she
(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)