3rd Time Lucky: Samsung Planning to Sell Refurbished Note 7 Units [Update]

“Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? Insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again expecting things to change”. This quote from the game Far Cry 3 (or Albert Einstein, depending on what you are into) came to our mind as soon as we found out through a report that the Note 7 may actually make a comeback, again.

Back from the Dead

Just a few weeks ago, we finally got to know officially from Samsung about what actually cause the Note 7 to catch fire and/or explode. Samsung recalled the first batch of the phones and replaced them with another batch fresh off the assembly line, but unfortunately, that too was riddled with problems. Samsung was soon forced to halt all sales and discontinue production of the Note 7.

The sad turn of events tarnished the brand name of Samsung among consumers and put a lot of pressure on the South Korean company to make their next flagship as flawless as possible. You’d think that Samsung might think of it as just a bad dream and soon forget about the whole situation and focus on their upcoming flagship, right? Apparently not.

As it turns out, Samsung told us what actually caused the death of the Note 7 but not what they are planning to do with a huge number of brand new and briefly used Galaxy Note 7s. But now we do.

According to Hankyung, a Korean news site, in order to reduce losses and also avoid the environmental fine involved in dumping them, Samsung is considering selling the piled up Note 7s as refurbished devices in emerging markets.

The refurbished Note 7 will reportedly feature many of the same components as the original and will be going on sale in June. The  battery capacity, however, won’t be the same. The battery will be downgraded to either 3,200mAh or 3,000mAh from 3,500mAh.

The Korean news site also mentions that Samsung had managed to recover 98% of the 3.16 million units that were sold. Out of these, 200,000 units were used in Samsung’s experiments to identify the cause of the fires.

It should be mentioned here that due to the piling up Note 7s in their inventory, they have a problem on their hands. Samsung is trying to find a way to dispose off the large quantity of batteries that it has been storing and the process should be environmentally friendly or else they will penalized by the Ministry of Environment.

Samsung is yet to make any official announcement regarding the future of the former flagship.

Update

A spokesperson from Samsung India has confirmed that the company has no plans on selling refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones in the country.

He did not mention anything about other countries however.

Source: Hankyung, The Independent


  • Note Lovers :
    Ready, Get Set & Blast !

    • گبر سنگھ

      پہلی بار گبر کو تمرا کمنٹس پسند آیا… ا بسنتی
      گبر خوس ہوا
      ہاہاہاہا

    • Muhammad Sharif Cheema

      Happy happy…

  • Ali

    I will buy it. It camera and looks are good. But pricing should be good.

    • Arsam Mirxa

      new price is 650 USD and it will be a refurbished device

  • Kashif

    What is expected price?

  • Arslan Ejaz

    I will buy it if its is not overpriced as it was the best looking phone out there

    • Arsam Mirxa

      new price is 650 USD

  • Kashif

    Update: Samsung has denied that it has any plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in India. “The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in India is incorrect,” said a Samsung India spokesperson, without offering any other details.

  • Aamir Javed

    someone have any idea about 3G/4G launch in AJK & GB????? an date any update???

  • sufyan

    My speculation is that it would be priced around $300 and would be available in Pakistan for upto PKR 40,000 because of the demand.

  • Muhammad Sharif Cheema

    Waiting for note 7(Angel of death)

    • David Martrano

      These are all just rumors! Samsung denies the whole story! Just gives the publisher of these articles something to talk about!! It’s like a Dear Abby column, BS!

  • RathfordTheRude

    Nice dank meme, what are you, 12?