Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might soon re-appear in the smartphone industry. The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 just received the Wi-Fi certification yesterday from Wi-Fi Alliance. And now a new report claims that Samsung will re-launch the Galaxy Note 7 (refurbished) in Korea by the end of June.
According to the Korean media, ETNews the refurbished device which could be called Galaxy Note 7R will officially arrive in the home country at the end of June. The phablet will be made available through all carriers in Korea like SKT, KT and LG. Apparently, the refurbished device will carry a lower cost of 700,000 won or $620 (roughly Rs. 40,000) which is $255 less than the original launching price of 988,900 won (around Rs. 57,000). This wouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact its a refurbished phone with nothing new inserted on it.
Samsung in March confirmed its plan recycle the Galaxy Note 7 units. The company promised that the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will carry new batteries that have gone through Samsung’s new battery safety measures. Reports suggest that the refurbished units will be equipped with a substantially lower battery capacity of 3200mAh from 3500mAh found in the original model. Reports also speculate that Samsung’s plan to sell the refurbished variant could be due to Galaxy Note 8 which is expected to launch in August.
Samsung last flagship’s fiasco did have a major impact on the company’s reputation and cost $5 billion estimated loss from recalling and stopping the production of Galaxy Note 7. Although Samsung’s decision to recycle the Galaxy Note 7 units could help to recoup some losses the question here remains is whether the consumers would buy the refurbished phone even at such lower price.