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Samsung denies 'planned obsolescence' allegation

Investigation of Italian claim to overshadow new smartphone debut

Samsung Electronics President Koh Dong-jin introduced the company's Galaxy Note 8 smartphone in September 2017. The South Korean tech conglomerate is set to unveil its new Galaxy S9 smartphone in Barcelona in February. Photo by Samsung Electronics

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics on Friday denied an allegation that the tech conglomerate intentionally slowed down its smartphones and other devices through software updates, raised by the Italian antitrust authority.

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