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Samsung Retracts Statement; Will Sell Refurbished Note 7 Handsets

Samsung Note 7 makes a comeback. The South Korean company retracts its previous statement that they do not plan to repair or refurbish the defective units. With this new development, can they entice you to buy a refurbished Note 7?

Samsung wants to put the recalled Samsung Note 7 to good use. The Verge reports that the South Korean company released an official statement about its plan to recycle their Note 7 devices. Moreover, the outlet notes that the company specified the salvaging process.

Samsung Identifies Recycling Process

The publication reports that the process will come in three parts. First, they will take “salvageable components” like camera modules and semiconductors. Second, they will “extract metal with the help of eco-friendly third party companies.” Finally, the last process is sell refurbished devices, “where applicable.”

The outlet notes that this new recycling plan comes in place after Greenpeace protesters interrupted the company’s keynote address last February. Samsung recalled about 4.3 million devices last year. A few months after the device’s release, consumers complained of “overheating and the device catching fire.” After the recall, Samsung announced that they do not plan to repair or refurbish the handsets.

Meanwhile, Mail Online reports that the company will coordinate with relevant regulatory authorities and carriers about their refurbished handsets. These discussions will determine which markets will allow the sale of these handsets.

Samsung Note 7: A Poor Design Choice

The latter report noted that the downfall of the Samsung Note 7 is due to Samsung’s poor design choices. The outlet noted that “using adhesive to put the battery in exchange of a user removal battery” was the culprit. This led the phone to be a fire hazard for its consumers.

Greenpeace IT Sector Analyst Gary Cook said in his interview with the website last October, “Previously, Samsung designed its smartphones to let customers remove the battery themselves, which is great. Now, they’ve shifted to using adhesive to put the battery in and it is difficult to remove.”

The initial report notes that Samsung fanatics living in the US won’t get these handsets because it will not be offered for rent or sale in the US. Meanwhile, for non-US residents, details about the handset’s technical specification and price range will be announced later when the device is available for sale.

Samsung’s recycling announcement came ahead of its intended Samsung Galaxy S8 launch which will happen sometime this month. What can you say about Samsung’s move to recycle the Samsung Note 7 handset? Share your thoughts with us!

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