Samsung is purportedly about to resurrect the Galaxy Note 7 – days after the Galaxy S8 launch
Samsung is about to resurrect the Galaxy Note 7.
Yes, that's right – the South Korean company is planning to start selling the infamous smartphone again after over-heating issues with the phone's battery led to two global recalls last year. Following a permanent discontinuation last October, the Galaxy Note 7 might be poised to go back on-sale soon.
A spokesperson for the company said: "Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand."
Samsung does not have a lot of details about the refurbished Note 7 devices, or where exactly they will be sold following these "consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers".
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Samsung's brand-new Note 7 boasts a beautiful dual-curved 5.7inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display, improved camera, next-generation S Pen stylus and water resistant design.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 sports a dual-curved 5.7in Quad-HD Super AMOLED display, water resistant design, improved 12MP camera, and supports fast-charging
However, it's very likely that some of these local markets will not be interested in stocking the refurbished Note 7 units – after the disastrous fires that hampered the initial launch.
Many airlines still highlight the device as unsafe for flight during safety briefings.
An original report into the Galaxy Note 7 refurbishment program claimed the devices would be sold in Vietnam or India.
If past troubles with the device prevent the technology firm from selling the units, Samsung says it will separate salvageable components for re-use and extraction metal using "environmentally friendly methods" to recuperate as much useful material from each phone as possible.
Samsung will likely be looking to siphon semiconductors, camera modules, and precious metals used in the device, like copper, nickel, gold and silver.
The Galaxy Note 7 has an always-on screen that allows you to take handwritten notes
Following these extractions, the flagship Note smartphone will be passed onto recycling.
Although the Note 7 was not on-sale for that long, millions of units were sold and then returned – so there is a lot of material that could go to waste.
With any luck, Samsung will be able to get as much out of these returned devices as possible.
The company estimated it took a $5.5 billion profit hit over three quarters from the Note 7's troubles.
Samsung had been under pressure from environment rights group Greenpeace and others to come up with environmentally friendly ways to deal with the recovered Note 7s.
Greenpeace said in a separate statement on Monday that it welcomed Samsung's decision and the firm should carry out its plans in a verifiable manner.