Samsung Will Give Combusting Galaxy Note 7's A Second Life

Elizabeth Williams
April 15, 2017

Before the launch of the Galaxy S8 the mother company Samsung has just released a new statement regarding one of its most controversial devices to date.

The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly product axing, warnings from airlines and a host of one-liners from late-night comedians - may be headed back into the hands of consumers. Samsung recalled the high-end smartphone previous year after it hundreds of devices caught fire around the world, after faulty batteries were overheating.

The South Korean giant, the world's largest smartphone maker, said it would sell Note 7s as "refurbished phones or rental phones", after consultations with regulators in various markets.

Samsung said little on where and when it would start reselling refurbished phones.

However, further analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s. Samsung has prior form in curved edges, bit it looks like the technology has moved forward to bring this sleek design to the entire device. Recently Greenpeace posted a blog post which states Samsung's new decision is the first step in their commitment towards recycling smartphones.

The much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may have been revealed a tad too soon.

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Although it can not be seen from the drawing, ValueWalk reported that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a curved display like that of the Note 7, which is now discontinued. The Note 7 flareup left a huge black eye for Samsung, and a financial hit to the tune of $5.3 billion.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to be released during the Q4 of 2017 with some big hardware and software changes.

The company is under pressure to turn its image around and had previously not commented on its plans to sell refurbished devices.

Samsung has provided no specific details on this scheme, other than the basic intention, but a statement from the company does outline the policy.

Salvageable components will then be detached for reuse and metals will be extracted using environmentally friendly methods.

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