Samsung confirmed late last month that it plans to start selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 handsets in select markets. Just two weeks later, one of those refurbished units has been spotted in the wild. It’s almost identical to the original, but it now has a notably smaller battery.
Samsung’s decision to bring back the Note 7 — even after all the troubles it faced last fall — is an excellent move. Recent studies and sales figures prove that fans haven’t lost their faith in the South Korean company, which has already taken some big steps to ensure another exploding battery issue doesn’t arise in the future.
What’s more, the Note 7 was by far the best smartphone of last year when it first went on sale (before it started overheating). So, now that all of the drama has died down, why not bring back some refurbished units and try to make back some of the money that the Note 7 lost? It’s a win-win situation for Samsung and its fans.
Samsung didn’t confirm when refurbished Note 7 units would go on sale, but two weeks after confirming there would be a comeback, one device has been spotted in Vietnam. The device is identical to the original Note 7 inside and out, except the 3,500mAh batteries that were tightly squeezed into initial units have been swapped for smaller, 3,200mAh batteries.
It looks like the photos of this unit were taken on April 7, according to the date on the lock screen, and it’s running a build of Android 7.0 Nougat from February 2018. This suggests Samsung has actually been working on these refurbished units for some time — weeks before it actually confirmed they would be available.
Sadly, this still doesn’t tell us when we’ll be able to buy one — though the launch looks close — or how much they will cost. Samsung has already stated, however, that refurbished Note 7s won’t be available in the U.S., Canada, or India.