The Lord of Light does not simply resurrect everyone: Samsung to recover tons of rare metals from the dead Note 7

The Note 7 is the punchline to a joke that has been repeated so many times that it's only funny when compared to Amy Schumer's latest special. After two failed launches, Samsung chose to retire the phablet and try and repair whatever reputation it had with better products in the next generation. However, now, there is a “resurrected” Note 7 running amok — Sammy chose to refurbish a bunch of the yet-unburned units, rebrand them as Note Fan Edition, and sell them in the market where it has a steady fandom — South Korea.

It seems that the Note FE will be the Note 7's swan song in this world — Samsung has officially announced that it will be green-lighting mission “recycle Note 7”. As a result of the operation, the manufacturer expects to recover 157 tons of rare metals, all of the OLED display panels, memory chips, and camera sensors, and use them for repairs or flat out recycle them.

With the amount of smartphones that get manufactured and thrown away each year, the impact that the industry has on the environment has raised some valid concerns. It is expected of a large company to take responsibility for the proper disposal of dead handsets and the re-use of their parts, and it's commendable that Samsung is making the effort, instead of burying the containers of Note 7 units in a deep black hole and hoping that the shame will be gone with them.

source: Samsung (translate)

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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



1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Samsung definitely did a good job reacting to the whole Note 7 exploding thing rather than saying "You're holding it wrong" and giving a bumper case free.

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Still comparing a serious safety flaw with a design flaw are we? Alrighty then.

4. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

They still should have re-released any unit that didn't burn up. People would buy them, and the hit to their bottom line would be less severe. But of course, they want to make a killing off the Note 8, but they could have just delayed that slightly.

5. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I think they should lower the price in light of the upcoming Note 8.

7. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

The price point may not be their call to make... As with nearly all handsets, the carriers may drop the price anyway; as they always do considering the seasonal (holiday, national days, etc.) trends of promotional discounts & general deprecation of phones.

6. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

They supposed to give discounts to previous Note 7 owners.

8. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

I am glad that i skipped the s8+ , with crazy price tag on note7fe without any favour given to previous note7 owner, you suck this time sammy!

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