No repairs: Samsung may plan to just 'dispose' of all recalled Note 7 units

No repairs: Samsung may plan to just 'dispose' of all recalled Note 7 units
While Samsung may not be producing another Note in the near future, it will certainly have a lot of Note 7 phablets on its hands to deal with after the second recall - up to 2.5 million units, to be precise. What are Samsung's plans to deal with those? Well, according to a company spokesperson: "We have a process in place to safely dispose of the phones."

That's the usual boilerplate statement you can expect as an answer to such question, but it does disclose an interesting fact - Samsung may not be planning to repair, refurbish, or otherwise attempt to fix the Note 7 units it receives in the safety recall boxes. It is simply going to extract whatever can be reused from them, and that's that with all those phablets. 

It breaks our heart that the Blue Coral version has to meet its maker in such a way, but the more pressing trouble in the word "dispose" is the environmental impact of trying to discard of millions of high-end phones. While Samsung has a good sustainable production record, the fact remains that we are just not as good at recycling phones as we should be. Moreover, as you can see from the diagram below, taken from Samsung's latest sustainability report, more than half a phone's environmental impact is during development and sourcing of the materials that go into it before production, with another quarter going into transport and distribution.

To make one Note 7 might have taken up to 500 pounds of rare earth minerals, and only a fraction of the components that go into the handset can be recycled successfully for future use. Hopefully Samsung will make the most out of it even though the recall is already costing it about a grand a piece in a direct hit to the quarterly results.

source: Motherboard

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Come on samsung Please put 4k resolution on s8

4. truthwins unregistered

4k resolution would put more stress on poorly designed already exploding samsung battery so that would be a stupid idea.

7. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

20 days old account and 234 posts.... Good trolling... What are you other accounts here Mr. iTroll?

10. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

He will never stop

12. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

What a dickhead

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

3. truthwins unregistered

HAHaha that's hilarious

5. Iphonei

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Give all that phones to Apple.

6. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Lots of recycling firms pay you for used phones so I'm pretty Samsung would find a use for the parts. But first Samsung need to determine what the fault is.

8. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

A brand new Note 7 still in the box unopened is going to be a collectors item one day.

9. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Iam afraid they will recycle some parts of note 7 to be used in note 8.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why note?

11. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Try looking for the culprit first! I want this phone so bad. I can see no other phones

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