The Galaxy Note 7 recall cost Samsung billions and damaged its reputation dramatically in the U.S., but the South Korean company may not have given up on the device entirely. According to a new report, refurbished Note 7 units with new batteries will be available soon.
When it made its debut last fall, the Note 7 was the best smartphone money could buy. It offered stellar design, a tremendous camera and display, and the best specifications available. It also came with an improved S Pen, a water-resistant body, and Samsung’s first iris scanner.
Fans were understandably disappointed, then, when Samsung was forced to recall the device for a second time and cease production. The most recent Note smartphone available to purchase now is the Note 5, which was launched in August 2015 and never even made it to Europe.
But in an effort to make up some of the cash it lost, Samsung could be bringing the Note 7 back. The Korean Economic Daily reports that refurbished handsets equipped with new batteries will be available to purchase in June — but they might be hard to obtain.
The report claims that refurbished units will be sold “mainly in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam.” It’s thought Samsung is also making the Note 7’s battery smaller — around 3,000mAh to 3,200mAh (down from 3,500mAh) to make it even safer.
None of this has been confirmed by Samsung yet, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the Note 7 really will be showing its face again. If it does, we’re hoping that some units will be available in the West, too. I’ve been missing mine since the day I had to take it back.