In an official statement, Samsung has announced its plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in the market, thus signaling the return of the smartphone pulled out from the market last year following the battery explosion fiasco.
Back in October 2016, Samsung permanently scrapped Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after a series of battery explosion incidents occurred worldwide. At that moment, the tech giant had announced that it had no plans to repair or refurbish the smartphone. Now about six months later, the smartphone maker has confirmed that it will work with local authorities and carriers to sell the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices wherever possible.
The process to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be implemented in three parts: save repairable components like camera modules and semiconductors, extract metal parts with the help of eco-friendly third-party companies, and finally sell the smartphones in the market. The new smartphone is also rumored to come with a smaller battery so that it doesn’t overheat or explode.
“The main purpose of introducing refurbished devices is to reduce and minimize any environmental effect,” Samsung told in an official statement to a leading news agency. The company also hinted that the Galaxy Note 7 refurbished version may be launched with a new name. However, they denied revealing further details like technical specifications and price range.
Samsung also announced that it will not be selling Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US.
Samsung’s decision to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 came after a pressure from Environmental rights group, Greenpeace. Last month, several Greenpeace protesters gatecrashed into the tech giant’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) keynote event. They demanded to know what the company will do with 4.3 mn recalled devices. After a brief discussion, they decided to recycle Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and sell them in the market.
In a separated statement, Greenpeace has appreciated Samsung’s decision and said that companies should carry out such plans in near future.