Samsung plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

A Samsung spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it will not sell or rent refurbished Note7 phones in the US.

Third, processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods. It has now confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7 will be making a comeback as a refurbished smartphone.

Touching more on the phone's return, Samsung says markets where refurbished Note 7s will be "dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand". A report out last month suggested that Samsung is planning to refurbish Galaxy Note 7 handsets and will be bringing them for the South Korean market. In a statement released two days before the company plans to unveil its latest smarrphone, the company said Monday it would consider refurbishing and selling the devices they had recalled past year to be environmentally conscious. It is still quite interesting to see how the tech giant will approach this problem once the refurbished model gets released in other markets.

Samsung has millions of Galaxy Note 7 units lying in warehouses as it had to recall the units it had shipped after it chose to discontinue the handset merely weeks into the launch due to battery issues.

To recycle bad Note 7s properly, Samsung said that they will first determine if a phone can be used as a refurbished or rental device. Specifically, it says semiconductors and camera modules will be removed and used for "test sample production purposes". The second step involves detaching salvageable components from the phones, in order to reuse them. In order to be sure exactly which, we're going to have to wait for another announcement from Samsung on the matter.

The Galaxy Note 7 is rising from the ashes. Samsung will also contract companies that specialize in extracting precious metals - like copper and gold - from the remaining devices.

  • Arturo Norris