Samsung expected to release refurbished Note 7 in July
Samsung could be readying refurbished versions of the ill-fated Note 7 for sale as early as next month, according to reports from South Korea.
The device will likely be called the Note 7 FE, says ETNews.
First launched in August 2016, the Note 7 received huge praise before consumers began reporting that their smartphones were exploding. The manufacturer then issued a recall and completely stopped production of the device.
However, it seems that the fault – located in the battery, according to Samsung – has been addressed and it is now ready to re-release. ETNews has claimed that July 7th will see the launch of the refurbished device. It was initially expected to be released a week earlier, but the manufacturer has reportedly chosen to make more of the handsets available. Instead of selling 300,000, the company will sell 450,000, the news report stated.
It is also thought that the Note 7 FE will come with Samsung’s new personal assistant Bixby installed.
Initially being sold in South Korea, ETNews has reported that it will retail for roughly KRW 500,000 (£350), which is a lower price than first thought.
There is little information provided on the technical specifications of the refurbished Note 7, but it is likely to come with most of the same features as the original version since it is going to be made of stock parts sourced from the Note 7. This includes the same 5.7 inch QHD display, 12MP rear camera, IP68 water resistance certification and octa-core processor.
However, it is expected that the Note 7 FE will feature smaller batteries than the original Note 7. These will be 3,200mAh, instead of the 3,500mAh batteries that first came in the Note 7.
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