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Samsung Electronics to launch refurbished Note 7 phones in South Korea

03 July 2017

It will be priced about 30% cheaper than the Galaxy Note 7 at around 700,00 Korean won ($615; £472 ). While Samsung hasn't revealed the price yet, we do know that the company will only sell 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition in Korea. There is still no information on the availability of Galaxy Note FE in other markets. Just like the Note 7, the Note FE will also be available in four color options: Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. With every order of Note FE, Samsung is also providing a cover case that matches with the color of the handset. The devices will be made from recalled, unsealed Note 7 handsets and unused Note 7 components. This should eradicate the battery heating issue and make it a safer phone to use. Since disposing so many Note 7 units could lead to environmental hazard, Samsung decided on selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 which could also help in softening its financial loss.

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The world's biggest smartphone maker by volume was forced to halt sales of the Note 7 in October, roughly 2 months after its launch, due to fire-prone batteries from two different suppliers.

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In fact, the reduction of the capacity of the battery Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition are unlikely to affect increase of level of its reliability, because the layout of the battery and its size is unknown - it is likely that inside are the battery of the Note 7, it simply "strangled" at the software level. It is driven by Snapdragon 821 chipset that includes a quad-core CPU and Adreno 530 graphics.

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In the camera segment, the smartphone features 13MP f/1.7 rear camera and a 13MP f/1.9 front-facing camera. The refurbished versions will have 3,200 mAh battery.