We all thought the Galaxy Note7 was a closed chapter for Samsung, but as it turns out this is not really the case. Now that the company knows what exactly caused the batteries inside the phablet to overheat, Samsung could get confident enough to start re-selling the Galaxy Note7.
According to a report coming out of Korean media, it appears Samsung has plans to start selling refurbished Note7 units come this June. However, not all customers will be able to purchase a Galaxy Note7 unit, as Samsung is targeting emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.
Apparently the refurbished units will feature smaller battery units of 3,000 mAh or 3,200 mAh capacity, as the original Note7 had a 3,500 mAh power house living under the hood. Furthermore, the phone should come featuring a brand new case, but most internals are expected to remain the same.
Last month Samsung revealed the official results into its internal investigation of why the Galaxy Note7 was prone to overheating. The company identified two battery issues, but also came to the conclusion that the Note7’s design, hardware and software had nothing to do with what happened.
So basically by swapping out the bad batteries and replacing them with functional ones, the Note7 should be good to go, once again. Or at least that’s how the theory goes.
Samsung is perhaps hoping selling refurbished Note7 units will help you patch up the financial void left by the massive phablet recall in 2016. On top of that, the report claims re-selling the phones might help Samsung solve the environmental issues raised by having to get rid of so many phablets in an Eco-friendly way.
Still, according to the report Samsung won’t be as bold as to try to re-introduce the phablet in mature markets like the US – although the device had many loyal fans in there.
But the question is – will customers be able put the Note7 debacle out of their minds and go for a refurbished Note7, especially if Samsung prices it right? It remains to be seen. We’re hoping Samsung knows what it’s doing here.