Samsung confirmed earlier this year that it was going to release a refurbished variant of the Galaxy Note 7. It has millions of units gathering dust in warehouses because Samsung had to discontinue and recall the due to a battery defect. So why is the Galaxy Note 7 making comeback?
Releasing a refurbished variant is one of the ways that Samsung will contain the environmental fallout from the recall. Instead of having to trash or recycle parts and components for all of those handsets, it can put them in circulation once again.
The company is also going to make money off of this, but that’s beside the point. The Galaxy Note Fan Edition was officially announced earlier this week. Samsung is going to sell it in South Korea initially for roughly $610.
Let’s take a look at all that’s new with the Galaxy Note Fan Edition.
The battery was what caused the Galaxy Note 7’s downfall, so that’s the first major change that Samsung has made to this handset. Gone is the faulty 3,500mAh battery of the original Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note FE features a smaller 3,200mAh battery.
It’s a safer option as it has gone through Samsung’s new 8-point battery safety test that the company came up with after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco last year. Sure, customers will get slightly less battery capacity, but I think that’s a reasonable ask for the assurance of safety.
This is all that’s new with the Galaxy Note FE. It’s a good way for Samsung to get 400,000 units of the ill-fated flagship back into circulation once again. While it has only confirmed pricing and availability at this point in time, it’s possible that Samsung might release the Galaxy Note FE in other select markets at some point in the future.