Samsung Confirms They'll Re-Release the Galaxy Note 7

The commitment to recycling the recalled handsets has been welcomed by Greenpeace.

Samsung had originally said it wouldn't fix or refurbish the Note 7 after several reported cases of them exploding and injuring consumers.

While it might sound like a bad plan since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reputation has been ruined past year, some fans are saying that they would get one in a heartbeat if Samsung sells it at a discounted price.

"The objective of introducing refurbished devices is exclusively to reduce and minimize any environmental impact", Samsung said.

A smaller, more sensibly designed battery would be one seemingly obvious solution, as battery defects (related to squeezing the battery into a smaller frame) were the main issue with the Note 7.

Samsung said it's working with local regulators to determine the required condition of phones before reselling them.

It did not say where the refurbished Note7s would be sold or where they would be used as rental phones.

We'll be waiting to see how the process for selling refurbished Note 7 devices winds up, but we have to give Samsung some credit here for trying not to be wasteful. At last count, Samsung said more than 96% of all devices had been returned.

Second, all the salvageable components of the devices shall be detached for reuse.

For the left overs, the company will perform processes such as metals extraction using environmentally friendly methods. Samsung hasn't confirmed which markets will be receiving the Galaxy Note 7, but it's probably a certainty that the United States won't accept refurbished units.

Samsung also said it would join a European Union effort to "develop new eco-friendly processing methods".

Any remaining Note7s would be used for component recycling after metals like copper, nickel, gold and silver were extracted.

  • Carolyn Briggs