The Galaxy Note FE was a unique device, it was a way for Samsung to salvage many of the parts that it had produced for the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung had received much praise for the Galaxy Note 7 and all signs pointed to it being a hit with customers. However, battery issues forced Samsung to issue a recall and cancel the device altogether.
Since so many of its fans had loved the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung decided to launch a refurbished version since it was already sitting on so much inventory of the Galaxy Note 7 on top of the recalled units. Samsung made the Galaxy FE out of leftover parts for the Galaxy Note 7 and unopened units of the original device. FE stands for Fan Edition, making it clear that this device was for those who really wanted to buy a Galaxy Note 7 but couldn’t get one because of obvious reasons.
Since the Galaxy Note FE was just a refurbished variant of the Galaxy Note 7, it looks and feels just like the canceled device. It ditched the front Samsung logo that used to be below the earpiece and also had a Galaxy Note FE branding at the back to highlight that this wasn’t a Galaxy Note 7 even though it looked like one.
The IP68 certified Galaxy Note 7 was the first Note device from Samsung with an edge display that was curved on both sides. Samsung retained this design element for the Galaxy Note FE. The metal and glass build lent a premium look and feel to the device. It measures 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 167g. There’s a USB Type-C port at the bottom flanked by a 3.5mm headphone jack and the S Pen stylus on both sides.
The Galaxy Note FE has a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (1440×2560) resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 on top for protection. The panel was a classic Samsung OLED with great colors and viewing angles.
Much like the Galaxy Note 7, the display was curved on both sides. Samsung utilized the same display panel that it shipped with the Galaxy Note 7 for this device.
The Galaxy Note FE was powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor, paired with a Mali-T880 MP12 graphics processor and 3GB of RAM. 64GB of UFS 2.0 storage was present along with a microSD card slot for external expansion. Additional specs include an iris scanner and a fingerprint sensor in the home button.
Since it was the battery that led to the Galaxy Note 7’s demise, Samsung made sure to opt for a tried and tested component. Thus the Galaxy Note FE got a 3,200mAh battery instead which was also put through Samsung’s new 8-point safety test to ensure that it would not suffer the same fate as the Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung shipped the same S Pen with the Galaxy Note FE that was included with the Galaxy Note 7, this meant it had all of the new features that were introduced by the canceled device. This included the ability to take Screen off memos even when the device was locked, the ability to pin notes to the Always On Display, and to translation feature in Air Command.
Samsung equipped the Galaxy Note FE with a 12-megapixel f/1.7 rear camera with Dual Pixel autofocus, auto-HDR and an LED flash. There was also a 5-megapixel f/1.7 selfie camera. The cameras were pretty capable of holding their own against competing devices, this was the same setup that Samsung shipped with the Galaxy S7.
The Galaxy Note 7 may have come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow but since the Galaxy Note FE was launched almost 11 months after it, this meant that it shipped with Android 7.1.1 Nougat instead. It also shipped with the latest version of Samsung Experience which meant that its user interface was different than what the Galaxy Note 7 had at launch. The Galaxy Note FE also came with Samsung’s Bixby assistant.
Samsung didn’t make the Galaxy Note FE available globally. It only intended to sell 400,000 units of the device to customers in South Korea. It was offered in the country for 699,600 won (roughly $610) in gold, silver, blue and black colors. Sales began on July 7, 2017. Samsung did release the Galaxy Note FE in Malaysia later on as well as a select few markets.
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