Samsung recently confirmed that it is in the process of refurbishing some Galaxy Note 7s for resale. However, it has now become clear that none of the refurbished units will be available to buy in the US, according to comments from Samsung given to The Verge. The process of destroying so many Galaxy Note 7s is likely to be an environmental concern and while some materials can be safely recycled, other components can pose a real problem for landfills. In either case, it is likely to be an expensive proposition for Samsung. Of course, one way to avoid the mess of recycling and destroying so many Galaxy Note 7s is to refurbish them, and allow those refurbished units to ether be rented out or sold as such to new users. While Samsung insists that the sole purpose of doing this is to “reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” it is also likely that this decision will help Samsung financially.
Although Samsung did specifically state that it does not plan to rent or sell the refurbished units in the US, they gave no explanation as to why. However, it makes sense at a time when Samsung is preparing to release its new flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung will be looking to maximize sales of the new models and it stands to reason that they might want to avoid offering a competing, yet more affordable, smartphone at the same time. The Galaxy Note 7 was a very popular model in the US and many owners were originally reluctant to give up their devices during the two recalls that took place following the initial launch.
As for the two new devices, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung is reportedly using new 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries in these devices. In addition, the latest rumors do suggest that the new batteries will come partnered with Samsung Galaxy S Charge+ technology. According to the details, this will offer Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus device owners the ability to charge the battery from empty to full in as little as 20 minutes. With all of the fanfare surrounding the new devices, the new batteries, and a new charging system, it stands to reason that Samsung will want to keep the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units away from the US market. At least for the time being.