A little over a month ago, reports emerged claiming that a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller 3200mAh battery was in the making with plans to sell it in emerging markets.
After the report drew attention from various market segments, including India, a Samsung India official came out publicly and rubbished the report, saying that Sammy had no plans to bring back the dead Galaxy Note 7 and sell it in emerging markets. Well, according to an official statement coming from the South Korean tech giant, there are indeed plans to sell or rent refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones in yet to be confirmed markets.
Through an official press release, Samsung has confirmed that it will soon make the details of the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 public, including the official release date. But this will only happen after the tech giant has held talks with regulatory agencies and wireless carriers in different markets across the globe. Still, the catalyst to these talks will be the company’s own assessment of the market in a bid to determine whether the Galaxy Note 7 could still be in demand.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was hailed as one of the best ever phones from Sammy, but this only lasted a few weeks. When the blowing up and burning issues came up, the company was forced to partially recall it and issue replacement units. When this didn’t work, the company was forced into issuing a full recall back in October 2016.
After carrying out thorough investigations, the company found that the batteries of the phone had some manufacturer defects that led to these fires. This led to the creation of a new 8-point check system that is aimed at preventing a repeat of any similar incident.
Whether the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units will undergo this new check system before hitting the market is still unknown. However, what Samsung is planning to do is a bit of a gamble that could end up making things worse. But hopefully, the opposite will be true. One interesting bit about the resurrection of the Galaxy Note 7 will be how and where the phones will be marketed, especially now that we only have two days before Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are launched.