Taking on board criticism from millions of Greenpeace supporters, Samsung has revealed that it’s backtracking on its decision to “dispose of” recalled Galaxy Note 7 units. The firm has devised a new plan to recycle them by salvaging components, extracting precious metals and selling refurbished devices “where applicable.”
Don’t expect to walk out of your local consumer electronics store with a new Galaxy Note 7 next week, though. Samsung will first have to work with authorities and carriers to test and gain approval for the handset, which is rumored to ship with a smaller battery to prevent it from overheating.
“Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand. The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly,” writes Samsung in a post on its Newsroom.
This news comes after…
This news comes after a Greenpeace protester took to the stage during the firm’s presentation at Mobile World Congress last month, demanding it recycles the 4.3 million recalled Galaxy Note 7s. Outside, more protestors gathered and unfurled a large banner on the side of the building.
It’s great to see Samsung finally do the right thing.