Samsung is reported to sell refurbished Note 7 devices in South Korea on the 7th July. The new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will come with different batteries.
These will be different from the batteries that were used in the infamous Galaxy Note 7 devices that caught fire and were recalled by the company.
The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices that are to be offered with new batteries, will be called the Galaxy Note 7, Fan Edition. The price of the smartphone in South Korea will be around 699,600 won. This price is lower than the original price of the Galaxy Note 7, by about 30%.
The price has been lowered, as the new Note 7 devices are being made from the unsealed devices that were recalled. Unused parts of the recalled devices are being used for the new Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition smartphones.
The batteries will be different from the original batteries used in the earlier recalled Note 7 devices. However, the new batteries on the Note 7 Fan Edition will have less capacity when compared to the previous ones. The company claims that the devices have all undergone strict safety measures after the recalling of the devices.
Fire Prone Note 7
As everyone knows by now, Samsung was forced to call in all the Note 7 devices last year, two months after the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in October. The company was in the red to a tune of about $5 million in profits, due to the recall of the fire prone phones. However, Samsung seems to have recovered now and has recently launched the Galaxy S8 successfully.
Samsung states that there has been a thorough investigation into the fire prone Galaxy Note 7 devices. Independent companies conducting the investigation have stated that the batteries were the cause of the phones catching fire.
As of now, Samsung is planning to sell the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 only in South Korea. It has yet to decide whether the device will be sold in other markets of the world later on. However, Samsung has stated that it has no intention of selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in markets, such as the US or in India.
Dredging Up the Ghosts
It seems that Samsung has made the refurbished Note 7 safe. Yet, it seems silly for Samsung to dredge up the ghosts of last year’s debacle. The company, however, claims that the new Note 7 FE will come with new parts and will not get overheated or catch fire.
Upcoming Note 8
Samsung is planning to hold an event for the launch of the next Note 8. This event will be held somewhere in August this year, according to a Reuters source.