Samsung Plans To Release Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 With A Smaller Battery
In a move that will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many people, it has been reported that Samsung is considering selling refurbished versions of the Galaxy Note 7. The South Korean company was forced to recall the failed phablet last year after reports that the device would burst into flames.
Last month, Samsung released the conclusion of their investigation into the Note 7 disaster and they determined that phones’ batteries were the cause of the malfunction.
The reports indicate that the refurbished phones will feature a smaller battery size meant to ensure that no such incidents occur with the refurbished Note 7 line. The refurbished models will feature 3,200 AH battery compared to the original’s 3,500 AH battery.
The Note 7 has been banned in several European and North American countries, but Samsung is planning on selling the device in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam. Reports indicate that the revised Note 7 could go on sell as early as this June.
From a business perspective, this move makes a lot of sense since this will help Samsung defray the costs of the recall. After using more than 200,000 recalled units for testing purposes, the South Korean company still has 2.5 million Note 7s in inventory. Beyond that, the costs for properly disposing of more than 2 million of devices would be another financial hit to the firm.
That being said, this move is a bit risky from a PR standpoint. Samsung’s reputation took a major hit as result of the Note 7 fiasco. The device went through two recalls before the company simply ended production. A recent poll indicates of trusted brands indicate that Samsung fell from the number 7 spot last year all the way to 49. That might be why Samsung is planning to release them in emerging markets with the hope that lower prices will outweigh the negative connotations. However, if something were to go wrong, it would be a disaster for the company’s already shaky image.
As of right now, these reports are unconfirmed so it is uncertain as to whether or not Samsung will actually re-release these phones.
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