Back in July, Samsung took the wraps off the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 with a new name – Samsung Galaxy Note FE. Since then, the phone has only been selling in South Korea, but this will be no more starting October 25.
This was coming, but it was just a matter of when. In August, the Galaxy Note FE appeared on Wi-Fi Alliance with model number SM-N935F/DS, suggesting that the phone would soon be launched outside South Korea. The local market has three variants with model numbers SM-N935K, SM-N935L, SM-N935S selling through KT, LG U+ and SKT, respectively.
According to Samsung, Malaysia will be the first market to see the Galaxy Note FE. The phone will be available for purchase via the company’s online store as well as brick-and-mortar stores in the country. The phone will also be sold by authorized third parties and it will be priced at RM 2,599, which translates to about $616.
With this move, sections of fans are already assuming that Samsung Galaxy Note FE will continue to roll out in more markets across the globe, but the company has remained coy on this issue. The big question here isn’t when Sammy will release the refurbished Note 7 in more markets, but it’s whether people will be willing to pay more than $600 for a phone that, technically, is over a year old and still carries a bad reputation, somehow.
On paper, though, the Galaxy Note FE is a great machine and very similar to the original Note 7. Featuring a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge AMOLED display screen with a QHD resolution, the phone is powered by an Exynos 8890 SoC mated with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The back has a 12MP shooter and the battery is 3200mAh, 300mAh smaller than the Note 7. In terms of software, you get Android Nougat out of the box.