Samsung may soon sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 with new, smaller battery in India
Samsung may soon introduce refurbished units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 in India and other developing smartphone markets. A report filed by the Korea Economic Times state company insiders who reveal the apparent plan of tweaking certain elements in the massive Note7 inventory as part of the refurbishing plan.
The Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t have the best reputation — may be because of all those pesky fires and explosions — yet Samsung is reportedly considering a new lease of life on the device with refurbished models, presumably at a lower price.
Samsung might sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 next year
Samsung had to make the painful and costly decision of discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7 merely weeks after it was released because battery fires forced the first recall and the fix didn’t work so it had to issue a second recall and end production. The entire debacle has harmed Samsung’s reputation and cost it billions of dollars. Samsung is still working to determine what caused the safe Galaxy Note 7 units to catch fire as well.
An interesting report has emerged from South Korea today. Citing unnamed sources, a local publication has claimed that Samsung is going to start selling refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 starting next year. An industry source quoted in the report claims that while Samsung hasn’t made a final decision yet, the refurbished units are likely to be sold in emerging markets like India and Vietnam.
Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 with smaller batteries in India
It was only last month when Samsung revealed the final results of its in-depth Galaxy Note 7 investigation. According to its investigation results, faulty batteries were the cause of the phablet catching fire and even exploding in some cases. According to a report from Hankyung.com, Samsung might start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units with 3000 ~ 3200 mAh batteries in emerging markets like India starting June 2017. The refurbished device is also said to have a new case, so its design might be slightly different compared to the original model. Except for the battery, all the other internals components such as the processor, memory, storage, camera, and other things are said to be exactly similar to the original device.
Refurbished Note 7 for emerging markets
The Korea Economic Daily claims that the Korean firm might sell refurbished Note 7 units in emerging markets only. The report specifically named India and Vietnam as two possible destinations of Samsung’s discontinued phablet. It is highly unlikely that the U.S. and EU will stand for refurbished models, and this could be the reason the company is targeting emerging markets. India is not an easy target either, and it will be interesting to see how Samsung will get around the Indian government’s disdain for refurbished products because in the past, Indian officials rejected Apple’s proposal to sell refurbished iPhones.
Samsung’s Note 7 is a brilliant piece of design and engineering. If the battery issues hadn’t come up, the device would have propelled Samsung’s mobile division to new heights of profitability, and it better not explode this time, or Samsung will never recover from the shock.