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Samsung confirms that it is bringing back the Galaxy Note 7 as a refurbished device

We had reported a few weeks ago that Samsung might sell the Galaxy Note 7 as refurbished units shortly. The South Korean smartphone giant has now confirmed that it will bring the Galaxy Note 7 as a refurbished smartphone in some markets depending on regulatory approvals and local demands.

In an official blogpost, Samsung has announced that it has established three principles to ensure that all the Galaxy Note 7 units are recycled and processed in an environment-friendly way. First, the smartphone will be considered to be used as a refurbished or rental phone wherever applicable.

Second, reusable components and parts of the device would be detached for reuse. Third, valuable metals and other such parts shall be extracted using environment-friendly methods. This appears to be a walk back from the company’s plan to not bring back those units to the market.

Regarding the use of the Galaxy Note 7 as a refurbished or a rental device, the company will consult with local regulatory authorities, carriers, and local demand before releasing it in any market. The company will announce the release date of these refurbished units accordingly.

For the remaining Galaxy Note 7 units, components such as processors and camera sensors would be detached by firms that specialize in this area, and those components would be used for testing and sample production purposes. It is being rumored that the refurbished units would feature smaller capacity batteries.

The company has also announced that it will extract precious metals such as copper, gold, nickel, and silver would be extracted from the remaining components by eco-friendly companies. Moreover, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to recycling, it will join EU’s R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods.

Last month, Greenpeace protestors interrupted the company’s MWC press conference, demanding to know what the company would do with the 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 units.

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Vinaykumarsingh317gmail
Vinaykumarsingh317gmail

Please bring that legendary beast of 2016 back in India, there are millions of fans waiting…,#Galaxy Note 7

billant
billant

Oh yeah, it will be called the Not 7 … yep the Note without the “e”… lol

Dave Hartnell
Dave Hartnell

I’d buy one if it was at the right price. There really is nothing like it on the market.

Sami7491
Sami7491

It was a great device , I’ll buy again if it’s around $500 max

Prata
Prata

I keep a desire to buy a Note 7, even now, but it’s vanished from market. I’ll like to see a Note 7 return, but it’s a far dream due to Brazil bureaucracy, high prices and taxes and low interest from external companies to bring this options to our market.

stondec
stondec

Why would you want a crippled Note 7 when the Note 8 is just around the corner

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Note 8 won’t be around the corner anytime soon. Launch will probably be no earlier than August and perhaps IFA due to later introduction of the S8. Availabilty will be around September/October. That is 7 months away.

zekerja
zekerja

I’m redy to get this beast.

Mawty
Mawty

Damn! Can’t wait for it! I loved this device!

Ganna96
Ganna96

I hope it will be available in europe and with an affordable price 🙂

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

Emerging markets. I hope so too but I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

Ganna96
Ganna96

Yes I know it is unlikely 🙁

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Just ditch the glass back and put a nice plastic back with removable battery. Sell it for €/£/$ 400-450 and it will sell more than any of the current A series in the market now and probably even more than S8.

Nasha Costa
Nasha Costa

They better watch they don’t cause exposure of data of previous users. Or they will see mass law suits!

drakulinho
drakulinho

I am ready!! Nice!!

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