Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices


Samsung has announced that it could potentially sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s - following it recalling and stopping production of the devices toward the end of past year due to a risk of them catching fire.

The company said refurbished Note 7s will be equipped with new batteries that have gone through Samsung's new battery safety measures.

The company also plans to recover and use or sell reusable components such as chips and camera modules and extract rare metals such as copper, gold, nickel and silver from Note 7 devices that are not sold as refurbished products.

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The plan relies upon Samsung getting the green light from mobile carriers and local authorities, as well as the level of demand from the public, but the possibility of reselling the devices is a very real one.

Last October, the tech giant had promised to scrap the devices altogether after a global recall.

Samsung Electronics announced on Tuesday it will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, after production was suspended previous year due to battery issues that caused fires and explosions. The company conducted an investigation and in January it announced that the cause of the of Note 7's problems was related to its batteries, and said it was creating a new eight-point check system to make sure those problems would not happen again. Info on markets and release dates will follow, the company said.

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"As part of our ongoing commitment to recycling, Samsung also plans to join the EU's R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods", the company said.

Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be sold out to selective markets, however, the South Korean firm is yet to confirm the name of the countries that Note 7 may hit.

The phone attracted controversy before Christmas after dozens of handsets overheated or caught fire, leading to a ban on commercial airlines.

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