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Samsung's heir apparent is tested by a massive recall

Samsung has recalled 2.5 million newly released Galaxy Note 7 smartphones due to an issue with exploding batteries. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

SEOULSamsung Electronics' global recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones is shining a spotlight on the leadership of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, as the market watches keenly to see if the only son of the company's ailing chairman can put the tech giant back on track.

Samsung said last week that Lee would join the company's board as a director in October, adding to speculation he was being primed for a bigger role. Analysts say he will solidify his position as Samsung's leader if he can successfully steer the company out of its current crisis, brought on by a series of explosions caused by faulty batteries in the newly released phone.

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