Samsung Note 7 Fans More Than Willing To Give It Another Go

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. A subsequent probe found manufacturing problems in batteries supplied by two different companies-Samsung and Amperex.

Samsung's Note 7s were permanently scrapped in October following a global recall, roughly two months from the launch of the near-$900 devices, after some phones self-combusted. Then the device will be sold as a refurbished device at a cheaper price.

FILE - This Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo shows a damaged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on a table in Richmond, Va., after it caught fire earlier in the day.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, returned boxes of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are placed at a shop of South Korean mobile carrier in Seoul, South Korea.

Samsung told Reuters in a separate statement on Monday it "will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the U.S".

Samsung said on Monday it would sell refurbished versions of the Note 7, which were permanently pulled from markets globally a year ago roughly two months after their launch due to fire-prone batteries, in some markets without providing specifics.

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

The company estimated it lost £4.40bn in profit over three quarters because of the Note 7's problems. It had sold more than three million Note 7s before taking the phones off the market. While some devices will be offered as refurbs, the company said it will also break down others to rescue "salvageable components" like semiconductors and camera modules for reuse, and utilize processes such as metal extraction to glean even more recyclable resources (i.e., copper, nickel, gold, and silver) from the devices.

The firm had been under pressure from environment rights group Greenpeace and others to come up with environmentally-friendly ways to deal with the recovered Note 7s. Greenpeace commented on the announcement and said it will make sure Samsung "abides by its commitment".

  • Zachary Reyes