A few months ago, it has been reported that Samsung is considering reselling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 phones. At the time of the report, it was speculated that the targets include countries with emerging markets. Now, it seems like the company has decided to sell the refurbished phones locally, at least for the mean time.
According to South Korean website ET News, Samsung has considered selling around 300,000 units of its 3 to 4 million recovered Galaxy Note 7 phones. However, before selling the said mobile devices, Samsung will still do a few things to it.
First and foremost is change its name a bit. Now, the phone’s name will be suffixed by the letter R which stands for refurbished. Secondly, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units will carry a new battery. This time around, the batteries to be used will have a capacity between 3,000 to 3,200mAh. This is a significant decrease from the original 3,500mAh lithium-ion cell.
Finally, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be sold with a price reduction equivalent to around $250. Would-be buyers of the phone would have to shell out around $620 to get one.
At the moment, it is still uncertain whether Samsung will sell the refurbished phones somewhere else. Perhaps the company is using its local market to test the feasibility of reselling the phones. If this one fails, recovery will be a lot easier since the area of coverage is only in South Korea. For now, anyone from outside South Korea wanting to get the phone would have to wait for further updates.
While there is still a chance that the Galaxy Note 7 would still be sold to other markets, Samsung has already confirmed that the phone will not reach the US market.
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