The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition is now receiving the Android security patch for the month of December, only a few days after the latest Galaxy Note 8 model received a similar treatment. The update is said to currently be available only in South Korea but it's likely that it will expand to other regions where the device has been officially released. As always, the update is distributed over the air and should be accompanied by a notification.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition isn't one the OEM's most widespread phones, despite the fact that the model fits in the premium smartphone market. For those who may have missed it, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is technically a re-release of the original Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was prematurely recalled and discontinued due to manufacturing issues that led to its battery spontaneously catching fire. The refurbished model, as it were, makes use of the same hardware internals as the standard Galaxy Note 7, with the main and only exception being that it features a smaller 3,200mAh battery instead of a 3,500mAh unit which proved to be less than ideal for everyday use. The Galaxy Note Fan Edition was officially launched in July for the price of $610, and at that time, the Korean OEM revealed that only 400,000 units will be retailed, all of which seem to have already been sold in just two months. Such stock isn't much given the usual sales figures recorded by Samsung's flagship phones every year, so it's refreshing to see that the company continues to support this limited-edition device with timely security patches. After all, the Galaxy Note 7 was the first Samsung smartphone to adopt an iris scanner, and throughout its short market lifespan, many users have considered it to be the best Samsung Galaxy phablet ever built.
Those who happen to own the relatively rare Galaxy Note Fan Edition and haven't received the update notification just yet can attempt to trigger the update manually by going into the main Settings app and accessing the 'Software update' section. Make sure to apply the update while the device has enough battery charge to last through the entire process and ideally while it's connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.