Samsung confirms refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will not be sold in India

By Shrey Pacheco | Updated 5 May 2017
Samsung confirms refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will not be sold in India
  • Previous reports suggested that Samsung was planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in developing markets

Samsung has confirmed that it will not be selling refurbished units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in India. “We would like to reiterate that - The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone in India is incorrect," a Samsung India spokesperson said in a statement. 

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A report by the Korea Economic Times had earlier stated that Samsung was planning to re-introduce refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 in developing markets. It was said that the company was planning to use a smaller 3500mAH battery, a smaller outer shell, as well as certain changes to internal elements. The company was expected to ship the devices to growing markets, where lower-priced smartphones were popular.

To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched last year, but a flaw in the battery caused the devices to spontaneously catch fire. After numerous attempts at fixing the issue, Samsung eventually issued a recall and cancellation of the smartphone. Those who purchased the Galaxy Note 7 were offered a refund or the option of choosing the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. 

However, those still waiting for a Galaxy Note device may not have to wait long as Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 8 sometime this year. While it was initially believed that Samsung may kill the Note brand due to the reputational damage it caused, recent reports have suggested that the company may have already started work on the new device. 

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Shrey Pacheco
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