In March, Samsung confirmed the selling of renovated units of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone; the company will possibly sell the smartphone by half the price of the original.
The price of the refurbished phone will be about $620. A Samsung official said that the refurbished smartphone’s schedule is yet to be decided. However, the launch is expected to be before the new Galaxy Note 8 sometime later this year.
The renovated Galaxy Note 7 is anticipated to be nicknamed as the Galaxy Note 7R. It includes some new features such as a smaller 3200mAh battery compared to the 3500mAh battery in the original phone. In addition to Android 7.0 Nougat and the other specifications will be the like the original.
“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” Samsung stated. “The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”
In 2016, Samsung recalled around four million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. That was because the South Korean company was worried about the batteries. There was a possibility that the batteries may overheat and burst. U.S officials along with and other parts worldwide totally banned using Galaxy Note 7 on planes; they also banned the phone from placing it in checked luggage.
Samsun new refurbishment plans comes a step further for the company to be eco-friendly and help the environment. Samsung’s new recycling strategies come after Greenpeace protestors broke in the company’s Mobile World Congress keynote last month; protestors asked to know what the company will do with the $4.3 million recalled devices
“Samsung’s announcement is the first step to show its effort to set a new path for recycling smartphones starting with Note 7s,” Greenpeace wrote. “Greenpeace will make sure Samsung takes into account the voice of millions of our supporters and abides by its commitment.”
In January and after an investigation, Samsung admitted that the batteries were to blame as they were defaulted. The renovated smartphone will be sold in selected markets chosen by the company.