The Galaxy Note 7 caused a lot of headaches over at Samsung because the phone started catching fire soon after it was released. After a lengthy investigation, Samsung concluded that battery defects were to blame. The handset cost Samsung billions of dollars in lost sales aside from the costs associated with the recall. The company might be trying to make some money out of the entire ordeal by releasing refurbished Galaxy Note 7s in select markets this year.
As per a new report out of South Korea, Samsung has now recovered most of the 3 million-plus Galaxy Note 7 units it sold across the globe last year. The entire exercise has obviously cost the company a lot of money.
It’s claimed that Samsung is thinking about recouping some losses by releasing refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 in India and Vietnam. Since it has recovered close to 3 million units and used 200,000 to conduct tests, the company has more than 2.5 million unsold Galaxy Note 7 units lying in warehouses. So it would make sense to refurbish them and sell them again to make some money out of this ordeal.
The report mentions that the refurbished Galaxy Note 7s will have a battery in the range of 3,000mAh to 3,200mAh instead of the 3,500mAh that this handset originally came with. It’s unclear which company will be supplying the battery of the refurbished units. Samsung is reportedly going to finish refurbishing the devices by May and will begin selling it in the aforementioned markets by June.
Bear in mind that Samsung has not officially confirmed any of this so until it says something about refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units, take this news with a grain of salt.
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