According to the report, however, the design of the hset didn’t contribute to its woes, as other reports had surmised. Sources told Reuters that “Samsung was able to replicate the fires during its investigation that the cause for the fires could not be explained by hardware design or software-related matters.” The company is expected to detail its findings next week, the day before it reports its fourth-quarter earnings, which are expected to be Samsung’s highest in three years. Originally, Samsung blamed a bad batch of batteries for the fires implemented an exchange program to replace them. That plan was quickly jettisoned after newer devices began to catch on fire as well, leading to a massive global recall. Most recently, the company announced that more than 96 percent of all hsets had been returned, the FAA lifted requirements for airlines to announce the Note7 ban on all flights. However, the exact cause of the burning batteries is still unknown. An independent investigation by engineering firm Instrumental concluded in December that Samsung’s push to make the case as thin as possible put extra pressure on the battery, compressing it to the point where it became unsafe. esumably, Samsung will meticulously detail the results of its own official investigation when it reports its findings next week, discuss the steps it is taking to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The story behind the story: st as one scal seems to be wrapping up, another is just beginning. Over the weekend, it was reported that South Korea’s special prosecutor was seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Group chief y Y. in a massive corruption probe. According to Reuters, the special prosecutor’s office accused “of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates cement his control of the family business.” So, it would behoove Samsung to be as forthright contrite as possible with its report, so as to put the whole issue to rest start on the road to restoring consumer trust.