A report by Korea Economic Daily cites unnamed Samsung officials revealing plans to introduce refurbished Note7 units in countries like India and Vietnam by June 2017.
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Samsung may soon introduce refurbished units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 in India and other developing smartphone markets. A report filed by the Korea Economic Times state company insiders who reveal the apparent plan of tweaking certain elements in the massive Note7 inventory as part of the refurbishing plan.
Samsung will reportedly use a smaller, 3500mAh battery and a smaller outer shell, along with certain changed elements internally. There has been no further information on exactly what more will be altered in these devices. Once the refurbished devices are prepared, Samsung is expected to ship them to growing markets where lower-priced devices hold fort. Such nations will apparently include India and Vietnam, among others.
Samsung Mobile is said to have sustained a cumulative loss of nearly $6 billion in the global recall of the Galaxy Note7. The smartphone was launched with much fanfare last year, but a flaw in the architecture of the Note7's battery, manufactured by the company's subsidiary arm Samsung SDI, led to multiple exploding units internationally. With multiple software updates failing to fix a flaw that was rooted in the core architecture and design, Samsung eventually recalled and cancelled all sales of a phone that initially opened to rave reviews.
If the said plans come true, there may be plentitude of skepticism behind the Galaxy Note7's second tryst in the market. While Samsung is certain to have taken ample precautions and avoid any such future occurrence, it will take some time before the stigma is shed.
The meme-loving world has already had a gala with the exploding Galaxy Note7, and earlier this month, a fire spotted at Samsung SDI's factory did no good to the Galaxy Note7 saga. A relaunch with refurbished devices, in such times, will be particularly interesting.
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