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