Early this year, there have been numerous rumps pertaining to the supposed plans from Samsung to refurbish and resell the Galaxy Note 7. Initially, the company denied earlier claims saying the failed smartphone will remain in storage indefinitely. Unfortunately, some protests from various environment-related agencies have forced Samsung to rethink its initial plans. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, otherwise known as Galaxy Note 7R, will be sold once more.
According to The Korea Herald, Samsung is already setting the plans to resell the Galaxy Note 7R in motion. Initial plans involve releasing the refurbished phone in South Korea sometime this month. However, before that happens, Samsung would need to get safety certification from South Korea’s National Radio and Research Agency or NRRA.
Galaxy Note 7R release date
It would seem that Samsung is also planning on releasing the Galaxy Note 7R in the US. This is due to the same report claiming that the company has also acquired the safety certificate from the United States Federal Communications Commission or FCC.
As for the possible release date in the US, Samsung is still waiting for the approval from the South Korean agency prior to carrying out its plans. That said, since these certifications take roughly a month to accomplish, chances are, Samsung could be reselling the Galaxy Note 7R sometime in June.
When the Galaxy Note 7 was first released, it came with a 3,500mAh lithium-ion battery cell. While many applauded Samsung for managing to put a decent-sized battery on the phone, it turned out to be its Achilles’ heel. Mere weeks after the first release, a number of units caught fire with some even damaging personal belongings. What followed is the messy business of recalling all of the units sold since its release.
Unfortunately, Samsung’s woes did not end there. A few weeks after the recall and after changing battery suppliers, Samsung re-released the Galaxy Note 7 into the market. Unbeknownst to Samsung and its customers, the main issue from the previous recall has not been resolved yet. Almost immediately, a number of units burst in flames just like the previous incidents.
This was the last straw for the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung was then forced to recall and effectively discontinue the phone for good. Which leads us to where we are right now.
In order to prevent the battery from overheating again, Samsung has decided to use a smaller battery on the phone. From the original 3,500mAh, the battery is now at 3,200mAh only. Hopefully, this will be enough to gain safety certificates for the Galaxy Note 7R.
Galaxy Note 7R pricing
Last month, South Korean website ET News reported that Samsung is considering selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 for less than the original retail price. This is quite reasonable since the phone is already marked for disposal. At the time, the website claims that Samsung will slash $250 off of the retail price of the Note 7. This means that would-be buyers would need to pay around $620 for a refurbished phone.
Now, the report from The Korea Herald suggests that the Galaxy Note 7R will be priced much lower than originally planned. According to the said article, the refurbished Note 7 will be sold for as low as 50 percent of the original price.
This new pricing is much more favorable especially for consumers coming from emerging markets, to which it was originally intended to be sold.
Samsung is said to have manufactured more than four million Galaxy Note 7 units since its release. Admittedly, some of these units were already used for testing during the state-mandated investigation. Nevertheless, Samsung would still need to move quite a lot of units to clear out its inventory. For more updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.