Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 7R set for late June release in Korea priced at equivalent of $620 USD

With the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 expected to launch in Korea by the end of June, Samsung plans on re-releasing the phablet with a lower battery capacity, and a lower price. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had no shortage of fans and the device was on its way to becoming one of the most popular Samsung handsets of all time when several units exploded. This led to a pair of recalls and a decision by the manufacturer to pull the device from the marketplace.

Samsung tried to get Galaxy Note 7 owners to trade in their phablet for a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, or some other similarly priced phone. While most eventually did take Samsung up on the offer, a surprising number of consumers worldwide decided to risk the possibility of an explosion to keep the model in their pockets. Samsung started reducing the charging capabilities of the device in order to make it useless.

Ironically, it is this dedication to the design and features of the Galaxy Note 7 that Samsung is counting on as it starts prepping the refurbished model, which is supposedly going to be known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R (for refurbished). As far as pricing is concerned, the original model sold in Korea for the equivalent of $875 USD. The price for the refurbished unit could be as low as the equivalent of $620 USD. That would be a 29% price cut, perhaps not a deep enough haircut to get consumers reaching for their wallets and purses.

As for the battery, instead of the 3500mAh juicer that powered the Galaxy Note 7 (and was responsible for its demise), Samsung will employ a 3200mAh battery on the refurbished unit. The goal for Samsung is just to bring in whatever money it can. The devices have been written off already, so every dime Sammy brings in from selling a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 goes right to the bottom line as "found money." Keep in mind that the refurbished model will probably be sold only in Asia and parts of Europe

The Galaxy Note 7 will always have its fans, and there will be consumers picking it up as a conversation piece. But it might have been best for Samsung to leave well enough alone. We get that the company wants to recoup some of its losses, buy why get consumers thinking about the worst smartphone disaster in Samsung history? After all, the Galaxy 8 and Galaxy S8+ are available now, sporting the latest high-end specs and that fantastic design? The pair will probably set company sales records this year. In addition, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be just 90-days away from being unveiled by the time the Galaxy Note 7R start hitting the marketplace in Korea. Samsung should be focusing on the present, not the past.

source: ETNews (translated) via SlashGear

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28 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Damn, the empire strikes' back. That price though... kinda on the steep side. Oh well, not like it's coming here anyhow.

3. peace247 unregistered

Its good to sometimes put your smartphone aside and enjoy other things in life.

18. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

Why aren't you doing so?

13. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Do you have to take a real jackcrap on every manifacturer that isn't Apple?

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For the Note to be cheaper than the S and you say its costs to much? Yet you use an iPhone? lol... What a douchebag trolling loser!

26. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's a refurb of an explosive device... GTFOH

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You couldn't resist this bait, could you!? Such a child!

2. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

too much. i would consider if it was less than 500.

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

620 is a ridiculous price for a refurbished hand set which was plagued​ by a fire fiasco. It should be Usd. 500 max.

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Paying 620 USD in June for a used and crippled Note 7 is ridiculous and even more ridiculous when considering that the Note 8 is going to hit the shelves in October.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

They're asking too much for a faulty device. 200$ max.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still better choice than other flagships out there (except S8)

8. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

will consider to get 1 if its 500. 620 is a no-no.

9. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

You can get a brand new(not refurb) s7 edge for much much cheaper. And that will give you a much better battery life.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False. I get 2.5 days out the Note 7. when I had it. The S8+ gets me 1.5 days of usage on a single charge. So the S7 edge does not last longer vs the Note 7 on average.

28. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This will have smaller battery. And the S7 edge had better battery according to reviews and common sense.

10. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

"The goal for Samsung is just to bring in whatever money it can. The devices have been written off already, so every dime Sammy brings in from selling a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 goes right to the bottom line as "found money." If that was their way of thinking on these refurbs I wonder what their rationalization is for charging the equivalent of $620 USD is. They aren't getting any newer.

11. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Damn, what the hell these guys think at Samsung? They want to make butter from water! shame on you, 620 bucks for a second hand outdated phone. It's a robbery.

12. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Can Samsung guarantee that they will not explode again?

15. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Quality control in battery department has changed. New processes have been employed and all batteries for phones manufactured in 2017 are employing the same process. Even if you ignite the battery it will not catch fire.

14. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I commented on GSMArena that this thing might cost nearly $700 and someone responded harshly to me mentioning that it will not go past the $500 mark. Well, Samsung is interested in narrowing down on the losses it incurred at any cost. At $620 in Korea, expect the price to go even higher outside of Korea, probably $750 - $800.

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This should be around 500 bucks. 620 is sort of a stretch and not good enough of a bagain which is what refurbished devices are all about.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

TAKE 10% OFF OF THAT FOR VAT TAX. PA almost never gets conversion right. So it would be closer to $520, which is still too much for the refurb. If they really wanted to sell them, they would be in the 300-350 range. Make the deal too sweet to pass up.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The phone is worth more then 300 to 350. Right at 500 is just right. It is a awesome phone. Why do you think no one wanted to give it up. But why is anyone in the US even upset what Samsung is asking, it's not coming to the US.

23. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Is there a VAT Tax in Korea because that's where their conversion is

19. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

If the Note 7 is re-launch in June 2017, does that mean it will get updates until June 2019 or will it be the original launch date?

20. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Good question, unfortunately Sammy is known to cut updates of their older models. So if I were you I would wait for the Note 8.

22. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 298; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

$400 was pushing it 620 damn you fall

29. GhostV6

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I want this Note 7R

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