Samsung confirms its plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery debacle was one of the biggest hardware scandals ever, but the company is doing everything in it's power to put things right.

A Samsung spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it will not sell or rent refurbished Note7 phones in the US. In addition, the company is considering removing salvageable components from the Note 7 as well as extract metals. Because the only problem with the smartphones were the batteries, Reuters reported speculation had abounded that Samsung would sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s to recoup some of its losses. 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. Is it really worth the hassle or risk here, Samsung?

The Note 7 was recalled in 2016 after months of reports of fires or other battery failures, including nearly 100 in the United States, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Samsung Electronics, in a latest report confirms the comeback of the "fiery" Galaxy Note 7, but as a refurbished device. Several airlines banned the device from being used aboard flights. Samsung had recalled more than 4.3 million of the Note 7 a year ago. The smartphone will then go through a process of metal extraction using environmental-friendly methods.

Samsung said it's working with local regulators to determine the required condition of phones before reselling them. Other Note 7 units will have materials like copper, nickel, gold and silver recycled by what the company claims will be "eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes".

"The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available", the company said in a statement to The Verge.

It was previously rumored that the Korean giant might return the refurbished Galaxy Note7 devices to the market, and now the company has issued a statement that clarifies that the Galaxy Note7 isn't quite dead yet.

  • Arturo Norris