Over the last few months, there have been a ton of reports surrounding Samsung’s plans for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 units. The company already pledged to be eco-friendly and dispose of these units in a way that minimises waste. However, it was also considering re-selling refurbished units with a smaller battery. Now, that plan is official, with Samsung confirming that it will be releasing a Galaxy Note 7 ‘Fan Edition’ in limited quantities this month.
The Galaxy Note FE will initially be sold on Samsung’s home ground, South Korea, with around 400,000 units to be made available. The price will sit at 700,000 Won, which is around £470 here in the UK and $610 in the US. As you would expect, these refurbished units will have their 3500mAh batteries swapped out with a smaller 3200mAh version in an effort to avoid further fires.
These recycled versions of the Note 7 will undergo a ‘rigorous 8-point battery safety test’ before being sent out to consumers, who will be able to start buying on the 7th of July. Beyond that, the phone will be updated with a newer version of Samsung’s software to match the Galaxy Note 8, meaning features like Bixby will be included.
Right now, ‘oversees availability’ is still being debated. However, with the Galaxy Note 8 tipped to be arriving in September, it seems unlikely.
KitGuru Says: While I am sure some people would still like to own a Galaxy Note 7, if the price ended up being close to £500, I don’t see many people jumping for it. That said, it could end up seeming cheap in comparison, as the Galaxy Note 8 is said to be Samsung’s most expensive smartphone ever.