We’re sure many are wondering what Samsung plans to do with the millions of Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were recalled. We’ve seen Samsung relaunch the phone as the Note 7 Fan Edition which is basically a refurbished version of the handset minus the faulty battery, but given that its availability is limited to the South Korean market, what about the rest of the phones?
For those who are worried that it might end up in some landfill, you can rest assured that Samsung will be doing what they can to reduce the environmental impact, and that is by recovering rare metals from the phone. As you probably know, a lot of rare metals is used during the manufacturing of our electronics, and Samsung plans to try and recover as much of them as possible, along with components that could be used as replacement parts for devices that are sent in for servicing or repairs.
This includes camera modules, chips, and displays, along with the rare metals used such as cobalt, copper, gold, and silver. Environmental activists Greenpeace have called on Samsung to try and recover the materials used, and it looks like they’ll be getting their wish, and we guess it makes sense too since discarding them would be a massive waste considering how many units were produced.