So it has been confirmed that Samsung will be re-releasing the Galaxy Note 7 handset sans the exploding batteries, and a report from The Wall Street Journal has apparently confirmed what it will be called and when it will be released, which assuming they are correct is currently set for a release on the 7th of July.
The handset will still be known as the Galaxy Note 7, but it will have an extra “FE” tagged on the end of it. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the name, but apparently what the “FE” stands for is “Fandom Edition”, which we’re assuming is Samsung’s way of saying that maybe only a true fan would get this phone, versus newer models like the Galaxy S8, or waiting for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 which is rumored for a launch on the 28th of August.
Samsung isn’t expected to mass produce these Galaxy Note 7 FE handsets. In fact for the most part it is said that these Note 7 handsets are basically refurbished models of existing handsets with the battery problem fixed. The report claims that Samsung will only be making upwards of 400,000 units of these handsets and that it will most likely be skipping the US market.
It sounds like Samsung could be trying to recoup whatever losses they endured when they were forced to recall the phones in its entirety. Whether or not customers would actually choose to buy the phone versus a newer model, especially when the rumors are saying the phone could cost between $650-$700, remains to be seen.