Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 to resurface next month as the Galaxy Note FE
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is almost set for the encore of its after unceremoniously being pulled from the market place in September as a result of safety concerns.
Based on a report from ET News on Wednesday, Samsung is going to resurrect the troubled handset in its house sector of South Korea as a refurbished unit known as the Galaxy Note FE (SM N935). The “FE” stands for “Fandom Edition,” the publication claimed.
Samsung in March showed a three step strategy for the Galaxy Note 7.
Phase one, as highlighted in this case, involves reselling, rebranding, and refurbishing the smartphones it collected as part of the recall process. Critically, Samsung has reportedly decreased the color of the phone’s battery from 3,500mAh down to 3,200mAh (in case you remember, Samsung cited battery defects as a contributing factor to the phone’s unsafe nature). Recalled handsets that cannot be resold will be parted out and recycled.
It was also discovered in March – along with apparently confirmed today – that the Galaxy Note FE will not be purchased in the US (presumably due to regulatory hurdles).
The publication even noted that Samsung is actually supplying 300,000 devices to carriers. What is not clear is actually whether or perhaps not the South Korean electronics giant will make more units if / when the recalled batch sells out or even if this particular run is just supposed to liquidate the recalled inventory (the estimate of mine would be the latter).