Samsung Electronics has today confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will return to the market as a refurbished device. While also confirming that returned units which can no longer be saved and reused, will be recycled – with the South Korean tech giant setting in place a couple of ground rules to ensure that all the recycled units will be processed in an environmentally-friendly manner.
The company's first priority will be to relaunch some of the returned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units as refurbished or rental devices where applicable. Evidently, only certain units able to meet a certain level of quality will be re-released, and the relaunch will only be applicable in regions where the smartphone meets the necessary approvals from regulatory agency and carriers. The company made no mention of any markets in particular, but confirmed that it will consider local demand when picking which region(s) will see a relaunch. Samsung previously excluded the Indian market as a potential candidate for the relaunch of a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7, but according to the new press release, pricing and availability details will be established accordingly, and at a later date. Secondly, remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units which will not be deemed for a relaunch will be deconstructed into components "by companies specializing in such services", and components such as camera modules and semiconductors will be used for test sample production purposes. Lastly, precious metals from all the leftover components – including copper, gold, silver, and nickel – will be recycled and extracted through eco-friendly companies who specialize in these processes.
Samsung made no mention of whether or not the relaunched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will differ in any way from the original model introduced last year. However, previous rumors have suggested that the refurbished model will be equipped with a smaller 3,000 or 3,200 mAh battery, leaving more proverbial breathing room for the internal components and the battery itself, and thus lessening the chance of any fire-related issues arising. While the battery may see some adaptions, it probably is to be expected that the rest of the specs and features will remain the same, including the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440, an Exynos 8890 System-on-Chip, an S Pen stylus, a fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, a heart rate monitor, and more.