Samsung reveals plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note7s

Samsung Electronics' mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin will once again take the stage to unveil the upcoming flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 at the Unpacked event in NY on March 29, the company said on March 27. The users who bought the Galaxy Note 7 got a complete refund or Galaxy S7 Edge combo offer.

The Galaxy Note 7 will return to the market once more as a refurbished device, Samsung confirmed Monday. So that it's coming back, especially at the company's most embattled moment in recent memory, is odd to say the least. In other words, the Note 7 is one thing that Samsung will no doubt be eager to wash its hands off of.

"The objective of introducing refurbished devices is exclusively to reduce and minimize any environmental impact", Samsung told The Verge in a statement. It plans to remove the parts of the phablet that can be reused while extracting precious metals used in the phone's components - that includes copper, nickel, gold and silver - in what it called an eco-friendly way.

Reuters reports that "Analysis from Samsung and independent researchers found no other problems in the Note 7 devices except the batteries, raising speculation that Samsung will recoup some of its losses by selling refurbished Note 7s. The company recalled millions of units and replaced them with safe units a few weeks later.

Samsung had faced pressure from environmental campaigner Greenpeace.

Refurbished phones are models that have been returned (or not sold at all, in this case) that have been re-made for sale. Both phones are then expected to be released on either April 21st or April 28th.

Samsung Guard S8 could act as an extended warranty, giving Galaxy owners another year of protection and including services like remote support, according to the story. On Samsung's website, it describes its refurbished phones as ones that have been "rebuilt, refreshed and covered". Between the upcoming Galaxy S8 launch this spring, and a new Galaxy Note 8 this fall, Samsung wouldn't want a big product launch of last year's phone to serve as a distraction.

  • Carolyn Briggs