Samsung Plans To Sell Recalled Galaxy Note 7 As Refurbished Units [Report]
This may come as somewhat of a shock to all of those who watched the Galaxy Note 7 blow up, literally, but it seems that Samsung may not yet be ready to entirely give up on the Note 7 range.
According to reports coming out of South Korea, the beleaguered company is in the middle of internal contemplation and discussion that could see recalled Galaxy Note 7 handsets sold on a refurbished basis from next year onwards. The source behind the leaked information is suggesting that Samsung “has not made a final decision yet, but it will likely sell the refurbished Note 7 units next year.”
There appears to be a very real possibility of the company taking the opportunity to try and recoup some of its losses by refurbishing and selling inventory of the recalled Galaxy Note 7. And let’s not forget, the handset was actually shaping up to be an extremely popular device before the catching fire epidemic took hold.
If this actually happens, and if Samsung decides to take the opportunity to breathe yet another lease of life into the Galaxy Note 7, and these are all big ifs, then the industry source has suggested that the company could look to target emerging markets with the hardware, such as India and Vietnam, rather than looking to push the hardware to European or United States-based consumers.
Of course, any kind of launch would be entirely out of the question until the company is extremely confident that none of the aforementioned issues would occur again.
Whatever actually happens, the chain of events that has unfolded since the issue, would suggest that Samsung has some processes to iron out. Reports have previously suggested that the South Korea company opted to put the Galaxy Note 7 batteries through internal testing processes rather than following what seems to be industry standard by employing the services of external, professional testing firms.
It will be interesting to see if the company would want to risk further damage to its reputation by once again re-introducing a handset that has proven itself to be entirely unreliable following two worldwide recalls, and an ultimate production halt. Only time will tell on this one, but the last thing Samsung needs is yet more human and property carnage as a result of faulty Note 7 units.