Samsung, after declining rumors about the Note7’s return as a refurbished smartphone, has now confirmed that it is bringing the most controversial tech product of 2016 back as a refurbished smartphone.
The Korean giant has released a statement mentioning that they are indeed planning a return of the Galaxy Note7, production of which was terminated due to its inability to contain heat and causing incendiary incidents. Samsung says they are working with local authorities and carriers to sell the handset, however, it will feature a relatively small battery which will obviously make sure it doesn’t explode.
The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 is expected to carry a much smaller battery
The recycling process will involve determining what components such as camera modules and semiconductors should be restored, extraction of metal parts which will happen in association with “eco-friendly” third-party companies and sell the end product “where applicable.” No one knows what does means actually but we hope Samsung knows what they are getting into here as the launch date of their 2017 flagship, the Galaxy S8 closes in.
Earlier this year, at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung was interrupted by Greenpeace protestors who questioned what the company was planning to do with those 4.3 million recalled devices.
For the uninitiated, last year, Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 led to harsh accidents due to significant faults in its battery. Despite executing a massive global recall, the smartphone giant couldn’t figure out the precise issues hindering the internals and eventually, had to shut it down altogether. It will be interesting to see how they make a comeback at this point with the Galaxy Note7.
On the other end of the universe, Samsung will be reportedly pushing an update out later this month which will banish the last remaining 3-4 percent of Note 7 phones from charging.