There are still many mobile geeks who thinking about having a Galaxy Note 7 on their own. They don’t mind its explosive battery and the risk connected with it. If you belong to that group, you will be glad to know that after months of being discontinued the phablet will get a second chance. In its latest press release Samsung announced that it will soon sell refurbished models of its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung will resell the recalled Galaxy Note 7. The refurbished devices will come with a new battery.
At the day of its debut the Galaxy Note 7 received decent critical acclaim. It was praised for its eye-catching design, superb screen panel and powerful hardware. However, that market fascination didn’t last long as it quickly turned out that the phablet has one serious defect. After the scandal connecting its explosive battery its manufacturer decided to withdraw as many models of the phablet from the market as possible. The company even introduced a special campaign during which they offered the Galaxy S7 in exchange for the jinxed Galaxy Note 7.
However, some mobile buffs received that decision with great disappointment and didn’t agree to return its gadget. The measures taken by the giant manufacturer were so fast that some of customers interested in the handset didn’t even manage to buy the phablet. Those who were disgruntled with that right now get a second chance to buy the device deprived of the troublesome battery.
Samsung has just announced that it is going to resell or rent the recalled devices. Before introducing the handsets to the market one more time, the company will naturally remove the explosive batteries and replace it with a safer unit, though less capacious. The original 3,200 mAh battery will be exchanged for a 3,000 mAh one. Those Note 7 models that turn out to be not capable to be refurbished will be recycled. In practice it means that they will be dismantled into parts which then will be reused or sold as separate items (recover chips, camera modules etc.).
Samsung promises that that the whole process of the recycling including detaching salvageable components and extracting rare metals for reuse will be environment-friendly. All this efforts are oriented to create new eco-friendly processing methods as Samsung has recently committed to join the EU’s Research and Development program.
As for the refurbished Note 7 availability and premiere date, so far Samsung didn’t share any specific details concerning market availability. In its official announcement the South Korean electronics giant said that everything here depends on the market interest of a particular area and the fact of receiving green light from local authorities. One thing is sure – the refurbished Note 7 phablets will be available on selected markets.