Samsung Group to Sell Refurbished Note 7 in Emerging Markets

Samsung Electronics believed to add a third battery supplier for the next flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. To recall, Secure Folder made its debut on the dearly departed Galaxy Note 7 and allowed people to stash stuff like documents, contacts, and media far away from prying eyes.

The initial report comes from sources speaking with South Korean outlet 'Hankyung', claiming that refurbished Galaxy Note 7s would feature a 3000mAh or 3200 mAh battery rather than the 3500mAh battery that originally featured in the device at launch.

Samsung is not ready to say goodbye to the illustrious Galaxy Note 7.

Moreover, the Galaxy Tab S3 will be coming in a "glass sandwich" body, which means both its front and back sides are in glass, while sandwiched between them is the metal body, reports SamMobile.

According to a report out of Korea, Samsung is planning to re-release the Note 7 in emerging markets such as Vietnam and India.

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The company's earlier announcement stated that around 3.06 million devices were shipped and distributed to the market.

This will definitely affect the battery life, which won't be comparable to that of the original Galaxy Note 7, but at least it won't be a fire hazard.

By selling this refurbished Galaxy Note 7, Samsung gets a chance to recover some of the losses that came from the recall, but it's unclear how much.

Samsung, which has also been in the news for the arrest of its de-facto head Lee Jae Yong in relation to South Korean corruption, the batteries of the Note 7 were affected by a defective negative electrode in the battery.

The news comes nearly a month after Samsung officially announced the result of several investigations into the Galaxy Note 7 fires. Samsung was said to have around 2.5 million units available for refurbishment, after using about 200,000 units for identification of the cause behind the explosions. However, there was one that really stood out ─ the Galaxy Note 7. In fact, it was primarily because of stuffing too large of a battery in too small of a space.

  • Douglas Reid