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Samsung may soon sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones (mainly in emerging markets)

Samsung may soon sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones (mainly in emerging markets)

While a Galaxy Note 8 is seemingly in the making and should be released in the second half of this year, Samsung may not be completely done with the Galaxy Note 7 (which, as you probably know, was recalled and discontinued due to battery problems).

According to The Korea Economic Daily, Samsung wants to sell refurbished Note 7 handsets starting June. However, it may do it only in emerging markets like India and Vietnam.

Reportedly, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will feature 3000 mAh or 3200 mAh batteries - smaller than the 3500 mAh batteries of the original Note 7. The phone will also have a newly made case, but the rest of its internals should remain unchanged. 

Not long ago, both Samsung and independent sources concluded that batteries alone were the reason behind the Note 7's failures, the rest of the device being perfectly OK. Thus, new and smaller batteries should make the refurbished Note 7 safe.

Selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones would certainly allow Samsung to minimize losses following the device's recall. This would also help the company partially solve an environmental issue, as it can be challenging to get rid of millions of phones in a safe and cost-effective way.

Most of the original ~3 million Galaxy Note 7s sold (or just shipped) around the world have been recalled. It remains to be seen how many units will be refurbished and ready to hit the market again.

source: The Korea Economic Daily (translated) via ZDNet

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posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:24 1

1. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 333; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


Get the pop corn ready.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:42 1

10. Settings (Posts: 2052; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Not only popcorns but bomb jokes as well.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 02:24 8

14. Rafishant (Posts: 329; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


Purchasing this phone now is like marrying a very well known whorre, who had slept with all the neighborhood guys!

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 04:30

22. Settings (Posts: 2052; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yup, and those LG G6 haters said SD820 is irrelevant in 2017 but now here they are. Just scroll down you'll see how they love and happy for it.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 22:17

42. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


You do realize there's a difference between unveiling a new device with last-year hardware and resuming the sales of an already unveiled device with lower price tag, right? Regardless, this isn't even going to be coming with SD820, it's the Global Variant, which is all Exynos...

posted on 22 Feb 2017, 19:13

44. Settings (Posts: 2052; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yup, coz Note 7 name is banned in most places. No ones gonna change that.

posted on 22 Feb 2017, 19:44

45. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


How about Samsung remaining the refurbished Note7 then?

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:26 1

2. Podrick (Posts: 995; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


DOA‌‌‌ ‌

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:26 6

3. kiko007 (Posts: 4429; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Is this satire, right? If not.....f**kin' A! Note fans get to have their Magnum Opus back. Congrats guys!

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:54

12. AlikMalix (Posts: 6948; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Funniest choice of words ever assembled into a comment.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:30 12

4. TheOracle1 (Posts: 364; Member since: 04 May 2015)


I'd buy one

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 19:48

41. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3592; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Same here, would gladly grab the Exynos variant...

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:34 7

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3164; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I'd buy one since the price would be right and i'm sure there won't be any problems.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:55 1

13. AlikMalix (Posts: 6948; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I'm just joking around, but That's what they said after the first recall.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 12:32

39. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3164; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I have confidence that after actually finding out the problem that they couldn't possibly let that happen again.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:34 1

6. drunkenjay (Posts: 982; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


dam. if the pricing is crazy low I would get one just for the sake of it.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:39 5

7. DBoss (Posts: 40; Member since: 18 Feb 2017)


Drop the price around 500$.. it wud still beat the sales fig of iphone 7 in a month....

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:40 2

8. pendragon0202 (Posts: 113; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


If it will be release in India, I will definitely get one in blue color.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:41 1

9. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 97; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


OMG the king of phablets is back :D

If it comes to the UK im definetly buying it or if I can get it from a European country I will order it.

Since S8 and Note 8 will have no home buttons, rear fingerprint sensor im definetly getting this!!!!

So happppy :D

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 01:49 1

11. legiloca (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


They should've Re-Re-Released the Note7 with a smaller battery instead as soon as they finished the investigation :( I'd be happy to get one IF they will give software updates for it

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 02:30 1

15. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


"Selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones would certainly allow Samsung to minimize losses following the device's recall" but it won't minimize human casualties resulting in using said phones. Poor people. Shame on you Samsung.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 03:29 11

17. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2388; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You really think they'd resell them without making 100% sure that the issue is fixed? You really think people at Samsung are saying "oh we must repeat that huge mistake we made in the past so that we could lose more money and tarnish our reputation even further"?

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 03:56 1

19. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1454; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


If they're 100% sure, then why sell it only in emerging markets? There reputation is already tarnished why sell it again? They should own up to their mistake not sell it to these poor people.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 04:57

24. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 97; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


How does he know why they just selling it to emerging markets does he work for samsung??

And he is right they making the battery smaller and they also changing the case for a reason most likely due to the battery problems im sure they not doing that for the fun of it?

posted on 22 Feb 2017, 19:48

46. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Good points there.
That's exactly what Samsung will have to do, if they were to refurbish the Note 7.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 02:42 1

16. asirfaysal (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 Jul 2016)


drop the price to 350$. All stocks will be cleared then.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 03:32 4

18. wando77 (Posts: 1071; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I'd buy one happily

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 04:23

20. Nopers (Posts: 334; Member since: 01 Jun 2015)


Bad idea, of ONE explodes under circumstances that would cause most phones to go boom the media will lampoon Samsung like there's no tomorrow.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 04:26

21. lallolu (Posts: 519; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I will be getting one, but they need to sell it at clearance prices. I will not be surprised Samsung may try to sell it more than 400USD.

posted on 21 Feb 2017, 04:47

23. ibend (Posts: 6036; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


if they release it again..
100% sure there will be another explosion case that will (once again) overblown by media -_-

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