After months of rumors, it is official now: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is back! In July 2, Samsung Electronics announced the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, will be on sale in Korea this week. And it is still undecided whether the Note FE will be available in oversea market.
Galaxy Note Fan Edition: Smaller Battery, Lower Price, Bixby
Basically Samsung Note Fan Edition is the same with the old flagship Note 7: supported by Snapdragon 821 processor, equipped with 4GB of RAM/64GB of storage, featuring the same 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 12MP rear camera, iris scanner, IP68 water resistance, and S-Pen.
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Still there are some small changes about the FE device. Galaxy Note 7 last year is shipped with a 3,500mAh battery while the FE is going to have a small battery of 3,500mAh. Also the refurbished device is added with Bixby, the voice assistant that is released in the Galaxy S8. And the price is more affordable. Priced at 699,600 South Korean Won ($610), the FE costs two thirds of the original asking price for the Note 7. But with the new-released Galaxy S8 and a upcoming Galaxy Note 8, $610 still seems too much for a refurbished device that was infamous for its explosive battery.
The Fan Edition will be available in Black, Blue, Silver, and Gold, with only 400,000 units available in total. It is rumored that the Fan edition won't be launched in America and some European countries.
Why Does Samsung Sell Refurbished Note 7?
With a new-released Samsung Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Note 8, why on earth does Samsung want to resell the Note 7? The logic is simple. With millions of units in warehouses, Samsung has to get as much as possible out of the recalled devices. And now with the problematic battery identified, it is worth a try to resell the devices to generate revenue. According Samsung, it is more environmentally-friendly than recycling components from the devices.
But it will be very difficult for Samsung to launch the refurbished Note 7. To begin with, it needs to get regulatory approval in different markets, let alone that the device is banned by most airlines.
Get A Samsung S8/Note 8 Instead
If you are not a fan of Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you don't have to take the risk of getting a ill-named refurbished device of last year. Actually, the Galaxy S8, Samsung's flagship of 2017, and Galaxy Note 8, which is coming in this August, are decent choices if you are considering getting a Samsung device.
Samsung Galaxy S8: equipped with 5.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, Gorilla Glass 5 back panel, and a storage of 64 GB/4 GB RAM. Running on Android Nougat.
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Samsung Galaxy Note: coming with a 6.2-inch inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 4K resolution, a larger storage of 64 GB, 6 GB RAM. S Pen Included.