Despite the second recall, you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Hong Kong

Despite the second recall, you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in Hong Kong
Just because the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled twice, and Samsung has told owners of the phone never to turn it on again, there are some who are so taken with the phablet that they won't part with it. Putting their lives and the lives of friends and family at risk, these people do not want to exchange their Galaxy Note 7 for another phone.

There are also those who are willing to risk an explosion and would buy a Galaxy Note 7 if only they could find one to buy. While it is illegal in the U.S. to sell the phone, in other countries there might not be any law preventing a retailer from selling the device. A photo published recently shows a Hong Kong store with a number of Galaxy Note 7 units on display. These are phones that were recalled when the photo was snapped, and are being sold at a special price.

Some are buying heavily discounted Galaxy Note 7 units to play a game we like to call "smartphone arbitrage." Buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at a huge discount gives them the right to exchange it for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, receive the difference in price between the full Galaxy Note 7 price and the Galaxy S7 edge, and a $100 bill credit.

Another reason why there are consumers willing to risk life and limb to buy the phablet is because of the high-end specs and features. Let's face it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a sleek and powerful phone. The S Pen allowed users to do things that many other phones can't do. And the Galaxy Note 7 was the first in the series to have an IP67 certification rating.

We don't recommend that you purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 if you find it on sale somewhere. All retailers were supposed to return their unsold stock to Samsung. As we said above, in the U.S. consumer laws prevent retailers from selling devices that have been officially recalled; this means that you won't find it on sale in the states. As the picture that accompanies this story shows, some retailers in certain countries don't mind selling it. Hopefully those that do purchase it are buying it just for the easy money they can pocket by turning it in for a Galaxy S7 edge.


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  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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30 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Coming from China, I dont believe they're even the real deal. Either way, it will still be better than the OG Note 7.

6. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Any reason why PA is the only site not reporting the exploded iphone in Australia?

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Link?

9. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What are you talking about? PA indeed reprted on the iPhone catching fire in an Australian man's car: http://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-7-catches-fire-burns-a-car_id86828 Do not ignorantly bash PA for not reporting on a news without fool-proofing yourself by first of all checking if the said news has already been reported by PA or not!

14. NicAngel unregistered

Why are you defending PA!?

19. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Defending PA or combating ignorance?

8. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nothing was or is better than the OG Note 7.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ I second that, bruh. Too bad the king Note7 died so soon. How unfortunate!

13. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Tedkord - A confirmed idiot. Serious question: Are you slow or something? Are you trolling? Does your brain simply not function properly? Even when ignoring the explosions, the Note 7 had serious performance issues. This phone was outperformed by so many flagships on the market it's not even funny. The 6P ran circles around it, and the iPhone 7 clearly demolishes the note 7 in most performance metrics. Tedkord and everyone like you - stop spreading lies that this phone was like the best phone of all time. A phone that explodes and caused 13 people serious burns and caused property damage to 47 innocent victims is not, and will never be, the best phone of all time. What will it take to get this through your head? PhoneArena is filled with some of the biggest idiots I have ever seen on the web. The fact some of you still try to defend this company's horrible actions is insane. . . For the last time Tedkord....any phone that consistently explodes will never be the greatest phone. Now, take your Samsung check and please go elsewhere.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I agree with most of your statement, the Note 7 is far from the best because of the exploding issue. BUT I strongly disagree when you are saying like it is still a bad phone even without the exploding issue, yes it launches apps slower, switches apps a bit slower, and stutters every now and then, but is that the only thing that makes a phone? The Note 7 has an overloaded software, hence the slower experience. Seriously you guys sound like you're bashing an SUV for being slower than a sports coupe, even though the SUV can do things that the sports coupe can't. Geez, you even have some balls calling others "idiots". smh

18. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Please stop insulting the OG title

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's sorely missed.

27. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I don't miss mine. Still have and loving it. I put a nice black skin on it that has the same gold color as glitter and it goes perfect with the gold sides on the blue model and I got a nice black/gold theme too.

29. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Please don't bring it around children Techie. Hate to see you be responsible for harming them.

16. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Hong Kong is not China. Don't expect Hong Kong to be anything like China. There's no more fake goods in Hong Kong than anywhere else; Hong Kong is just a place with terrible customer protection.

28. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

That is false. Hong Kong is just not part of mainland China. That doesn't mean they don't sell knock-off. Come on man. It's still an Asian country. You can't even make such a claim. Sure China is the worse overall, but Hong Kong, it's still the same people. http://qz.com/79768/photos-hong-kongs-counterfeit-cell-phone-hub-is-losing-ground-to-cheap-phones-on-the-mainland/

2. B3st2

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

People are going crazy if anybody touched not bought these phones !! They are bomb mines :P

3. straightfromhell

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I will buy these so people will not borrow my phone

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3097; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You should get a license if you want to get a weapon like that.

5. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

Samsung today officially confirmed Galaxy Note 7 customers will be allowed to upgrade to the Galaxy S8 or Note 8 for 50 percent off.

22. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

For South Korea right now

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That'll be very awesome if true.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I guess, the Note7 is/was just too good for some people to abandon, despite the recall.

15. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

And there are still millions of Note 7's being used today with no reports of battery explosions... Hummm...

17. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

That's not good. Who will be responsible for losses?

20. acruzlu unregistered

Trip to Hong Kong anyone?

24. rkoforever90

Posts: 432; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

no thanks i will save that and wait for note 8

26. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

How do you know they are real Note 7's? That's right...you don't. There are fakes sold in a similar box. You are aware of that...right? This guy gives a full heads up on it, including how you can tell by the box. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63uA1YuIa_s But see, PA will post any hate article on the Samsung issue, even with no facts. With as many fake iPhone and Samsung devices in many Asian markets, to even post this as fact is BS.

30. Marienx

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I've heard they are selling a lot!!!!... well, I don't know... all I've really heard was that that store was on fire due to the Galaxy Note 7... so I assumed...

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