Samsung Galaxy Note FE is the new name of the Note 7, will reportedly launch by the end of June in Korea

Samsung Galaxy Note FE is the new name of the Note 7, will reportedly launch by the end of June in Korea

As you might have already heard, the reincarnated version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming out soon, smaller battery and bigger dreams in tow. But up until now we've been led to believe the new old Note was going to bear the moniker 7R. According to the latest report from Korean-language publication etnews, however, that doesn't seem to be the case: the refurbished Note 7 will be named – drum roll – the Samsung Galaxy Note FE!

As for the immediate question of why – FE apparently stands for Fandom Edition. Or in other words, Samsung is targeting the biggest fans of the original Note 7, whose battery size hubris brought it way too close to the sun – where it started catching on fire.

However, considering the Note FE will be sold with almost a third of the 7's original price shaved off, it might have considerably more market appeal that what it's being given credit for. Also, the new moniker is a convenient way to sidestep the negative connotations surrounding the original's name, while also making diehard fans feel important.

The report also mentions that about 300,000 units of the FE are to be supplied to Korean carriers, with Samsung being confident there will be a strong demand for the device. A senior company official was also quoted as stating that the device will most probably launch in South Korea by the end of June.

Just as a reminder, the Note FE will come with a 3,200 mAh battery, a downgrade from the original, but will otherwise keep its specs untouched. So buyers will be getting pretty much the same flagship specs, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4 GB Ram, 64 GB internal storage, as well as a big, 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad-HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution. Previous reports have claimed the phone will retail at the equivalent of $520, but the jury is still out on whether it will ever make its way to the US.

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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

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10 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1192; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Only 300k being made, i wonder what happened to all the components from the others that were recalled?

2. VasiliS7

Posts: 183; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

The 300k probably are for S. Korea only.

3. Kaloyan.C

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

On closer inspection, it seems that these numbers might be for SK only – Korean publications like etnews tend to focus on the domestic most of the time, and 300k really is too low of a number. Thanks for pointing it out!

4. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Why not just call it a Note 6?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It was originally the Note 7, to align with the S line. Samsung never made a Note 6.

10. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I was thinking because the Note 7 is actually the 6th Note in the series and no Samsung phone has that name then it's free to use. And it sounds better than 'Note FE'.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I kind of want one. I wonder if it has any of the US LTE bands (doubtful)?

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I recall reading that there'll also be a refurbished variant with the same 3500 mAh battery. That's the one I'll be looking out for if the Note 8 isn't innovative enough. "whose battery size hubris brought it way too close to the sun – where it started catching on fire." Lol.

8. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 630; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

We don't need an internal memo to understand Samsung Galaxy Note FE stands for "Faulty Edition". I must say Samsung is quite admirable for their honesty here. Kudos+

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The FE stands for Fan Edition.

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