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A refurbished Galaxy Note 7 with a measly 3,200 mAh battery makes no sense

That’s right. Unless you want to be stuck with a portable charger all day long or become one of those fabled “wall huggers,” a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 with a 3,200 mAh battery makes no sense. We’ve heard rumors of Samsung wanting to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units ever since disaster struck (the second time, with the recalled and supposedly fixed units) and the phone was taken off the market for good, and the most recent rumor came earlier this week.

A Samsung India employee has already rubbished the rumor, at least for that particular market, and I don’t think a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will go on sale anywhere in the world. The fact that regular consumers will be unwilling to risk getting a device called the Note 7 at this point is one thing, but the funny thing about the latest rumor was that it mentioned that Samsung could fit the refurbished devices with a 3,200 mAh battery. Anyone even slightly knowledgeable about smartphones will know that for a device like the Note 7, a 3,200 mAh battery would make it far less useful than it should be.

You would have to give up on features like Always On Display, and use the phone sparingly to be able to get through most days on a single charge. For a Galaxy Note, that would pretty much be a waste of money. Again, those willing to keep a portable charger handy probably wouldn’t mind, but for everyone else, it would make no sense. The 3,500 mAh battery was already a step down from the S7 edge’s 3,600 mAh battery (although the Note 7 still managed to offer excellent endurance), and losing another 300 mAh would take away most merits of a productivity machine like the Galaxy Note 7.

Given how everyone who bought a Note 7 fell in love with the phone, a refurbished Note 7 might see a lot of sales, but Samsung needs to look to the future instead of beating a dead horse. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh has said that the company will make a major comeback with the Note 8, and as great as the Note 7 might have been, it’s a product that should be given a proper burial instead of being given a new lease of life.

What do you think about the idea of a refurbished Note 7? Do let us know in the comments, and leave your vote in this poll!

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woody365
woody365

Getting that phone with a worse battery etc is one thing. Then you get one people will think it’s the old one and be “scared” of it. Rules will still be in place to not let anyone travel on a aeroplane with one. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to purchase that phone. I wouldn’t do it. It’ll constantly raise false flags where ever you take it.

Geffá Oliveira
Geffá Oliveira

It didn’t make sense for you. Financially for Samsung this is the best solution. And if they price right they will sell all of the remaining units.

stondec
stondec

I disagree with the author but in any case, I still have my Note 7, best phone I’ve ever owned so I will be waiting for the Note 8, nothing else.

JazzyJayBEE
JazzyJayBEE

A refurbished Galaxy Note 7 makes no sense.

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

This is non-sense. Look at Galaxy Note 5 it has a 3000mAh battery and it’s fine. Exynos 7420 is a way more power hungry processor than 8890. S7 has something more than just a great battery life with similar capacity. While it might not target the same capacity as the original plans it’s still on the margin of great battery life. Also you might not know what they’ll do to the software to cut some corners here and there to compensate with the smaller battery. The whole concept and ideas of the article are flawed at best. I feel like… Read more »

ImWarped
ImWarped

Your opinion is sort of invalid. The battery life enhancements in Android 7.0 make batteries last longer. I can get through 16 hours of fairly heavy use on a Moto Z with a 2600mah battery. So either Samsung needs to scale back their ridiculous skin, or buy an external battery like everyone else for emergencies.

geordie8t1
geordie8t1

Just because it has a smaller battery doesnt mean it will be pointless. i mean couldnt theu just call the new model a note7 neo just N7 or something,and issue a software update to underclock the processor and chip to run slifhtly slower to improve battery time….although almost every airline has banned the note 7…..the staff themselves dont know what they look like often and samsung have even said a case redesign night have to be in the works to take away the obvious note 7 distrust…its the internal componants that cost hundreds of $$ to produce not the cases…..i… Read more »

marble5
marble5

Stupid article, what a ridiculous leap in logic!

grover517
grover517

Kept my Note 4 when the Note 7 was first released and have even less interest in getting a downgraded version of it.

xavier X
xavier X

There’s no way this will ever happen. Samsung would never risk another incident with a Note 7. They took the financial and reputation hit and it’s over. Besides, could you see the FAA all of a sudden saying, “It’s OK to bring your Note 7 on an airplane now! Just gotta verify that it’s a refurb unit that’s not gonna blow up.” Never gonna happen.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I know it is your opinion but you would not have such volatile comments if you didn’t write this article as if you are right and everyone else who thinks otherwise is stupid. phrases like “Anyone even slightly knowledgeable about smartphones” and that buying a phone with 3200mAh battery is a “waste of money” for a Note user, does not come across well at all! I do not think there is anyone who buys a phone because of POOR battery life, everyone buys a phone expecting good battery life, and is most certainly not a waste of money.

Matthew Bishop
Matthew Bishop

This make me laugh out loud. Yes 3200 is less than 3500 your math is strong. But come on dude, would you start panicking when your battery is at 92% because that’s basically what it will be at full charge. This will still out perform the note5s 3000mah battery. So from generation to generation it’s still an upgrade in battery life. Using your logic I guess every major manufacturer phone aside from a handful of Motorola’s are wall huggers? 3200 meets or exceeds the battery offerings from other flagships this generation. There was a dedicated note 7 group that loved… Read more »

cloud1
cloud1

Another Abhijeet special.

Each year samsung and Qualcomm’s chipsets are more energy efficient, it’s progress.
Each year android’s OS is more energy efficient, progress again.

3200mah, on a more energy efficient chipset and more energy efficient OS is better than the 3000mah Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus, with a screen of the same size and a generation newer/more efficient.

The Note 3,4,5,S6 Edge Plus were not wall huggers (A marketing campaign they came up with in 2014 when you guess it, their battery capacities were 3000mah and 3200mah). So a newer, more efficient phone with 3200mah won’t be a wall hugger either.

Next.

adypetrescu
adypetrescu

I usually don’t comment on sammobile, but this article has enraged me enough to leave here a word. You sir have no clue about Note 7 and his autonomy. 3200mAh would still be enough for every day use. This article was a total dissapointment, watch others comments.

Clayton Johnson
Clayton Johnson

You are an idiot who has no clue about phones or even basic math lol. Who even gave you an account to post?

johnnysims
johnnysims

Then what about the s8 coming with a 3000maH battery? While the screen is 5.8? Should be much more worrysome than the Note7.

fhangel
fhangel

I think what really makes no sense is this article.

Clous von
Clous von

what a terrible article, was painful to read from start to finish

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Note 3: 3200
Note 4: 3220
Note 5: 3000
Note 7: 3200

I see a trend. 😉 But I would have expected a bigger battery earlier. Still gutted I can’t replace my Note 3 since august last year. I really like the pen to scribble notes and markup screenshots and the like. No phone on the market has that..

sagarsiddhpura
sagarsiddhpura

Completely illogical… Note 7 was never looked for battery life but for other things and battery being lesser important of it.

I guess author decides purchases phones based only on battery life alone while normal people consider other things too. 30 min less screen time does not make phone useless.

I hope Samsung sells this note 7, it becomes huge hit and author will someday realize how stupid this article was.

sachouba
sachouba

This is absurd. 3200mAh instead of 3500mAh means 6.4 hours of screen on time instead of 7 hours. How is that terrible?

HomerS66
HomerS66

You call 3200 mAh measly, even tho the Note 5 had a 3000mAh battery?

I guess then you will be very dissappointed about the S8, G6 and iphone 8 battery aswell.

rmbln01
rmbln01

Lol.. back then many users were posting that Samsung should have just replaced the battery with a smaller one rather than a recall.
Now that they’re actually planning in doing so, you made this article and call the move “non-sense”..