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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  • 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

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46 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Get the pop corn ready.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not only popcorns but bomb jokes as well.

14. Rafishant

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

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

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

44. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

45. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

How about Samsung remaining the refurbished Note7 then?

2. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

DOA‌‌‌ ‌

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Funniest choice of words ever assembled into a comment.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'd buy one

41. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

13. AlikMalix unregistered

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

39. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

6. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

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

7. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

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

8. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

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

9. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 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

11. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 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

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

17. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 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"?

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

24. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 622; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

16. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

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

18. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I'd buy one happily

20. Nopers unregistered

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.

21. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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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