Samsung will now sell refurbished note 7’s
Samsung Electronics said on Sunday it would start selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week after an embarrassing recall over exploding batteries shook the tech giant last year.
The recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices cost the world’s largest smartphone maker billions of dollars in loss, this also buried the company’s reputation in the ground.
The refurbished device, made of recalled, unsealed Note 7 handsets and unused components are outfitted with new batteries, says Samsung in an issued statement.
The limited-edition phone — the Galaxy Note Fan Edition (FE) — will hit shelves in South Korea on July 7, Samsung said, adding it would only sell 400,000 units at home.
The firm said it would decide later whether to release the refurbished edition elsewhere, which is priced at $611 or PKR64063 domestically, far lower than the previous version that was nearly $1,000.
About three million Galaxy Note 7 handsets were returned to the firm last year, but campaign groups including Greenpeace have expressed concern that discarding the phones could harm the environment.
“The latest launch of the Galaxy Note FE … has a significant meaning as an environment-friendly project that minimised the waste of resources,” Samsung said in a statement.
The recall — the largest-ever by the South Korean tech giant — was extremely embarrassing for Samsung, but as it has recently launched the Galaxy S8 which has revived the reputation of the brand.