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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea On July 7 (yonhapnews.co.kr) 60

South Korean news agency Yonhap reports: Samsung plans to release the refurbished edition of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone next month, industry sources said Tuesday. According to the sources, Samsung will release the smartphone under the name the Galaxy Note FE, with a price tag below 700,000 won (US$616). Official sales are slated to start July 7. The South Korean tech giant suspended production and sales of the Galaxy Note 7 last year amid reports that some of the devices caught fire while charging. A probe revealed that the problems were due to the non-removable battery. Accordingly, the refurbished devices will have a smaller battery capacity than the originals, along with the latest software updates.
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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea On July 7

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  • by Two99Point80 ( 542678 ) on Tuesday June 27, 2017 @11:42AM (#54699105) Homepage
    The "FE" refers to the onboard Fire Extinguisher.
  • Galaxy Note Fire Extinguisher

    • Apple employee much?

      By the way, do you know about all the people who have been incinerated and electrocuted by Apple phones? I don't think Apple wants people to know about that.

  • "Flammable Edition" apparently....
  • After all, it is a Samsung device - their explosive capabilities are given.
  • by Zombie Ryushu ( 803103 ) on Tuesday June 27, 2017 @12:07PM (#54699283)

    Gave Android a bad reputation. A lady once asked me if my Blu Studio 5.0 was one of the Phone that caught fire.

    • The Samsung thing gave Android a bad reputation, ... among incredibly stupid people.

      I think both Samsung and Android will be just fine.

    • More like, Apple's social engineering squad pounced on the opportunity to smear the competition. For something that happens even more to Apple devices no less. Color me negatively impressed.

  • "Now with 50% less burning!"

  • Last year's model for less bang.
  • A probe revealed that the problems were due to the non-removable battery

    The probe revealed that the battery was the issue, specifically that the battery did not have enough space and physical protection within the phone case. If I recall there were other manufacturing issues with the battery itself. The cause of the failure was not the inability to remove the battery. This writing shows the bias here that most of us like removable cell phone batteries, but it is not correct to say that this missing desirable feature was the root cause of the failure. It did make fixing the issu

    • by Junta ( 36770 )

      Could also be read as 'due to the battery, which couldn't be individually recalled since it was not removable'. It doesn't say 'due to the battery being non-removable'. The phrasing used could be interpreted ambiguously.

      • Which would have changed what?

        Do you think just because the battery can be recalled individually that it would have been immune from a second round of failures?
        Do you think that just because the battery can be recalled individually that the entire fiasco wouldn't have ended in a complete product recall along with the associated bad press?

        Really the removableness of the battery is 100% irrelevant to the case.

    • You may well be right, but from a business perspective, if their last phone was something that caused them untold losses both financial and reputational, wouldn't 'repair' have been one of the things they'd have built into this new phone? Which would mean allowing a battery replacement and letting customers use it as long as they like? Reason companies have removed the replaceable batteries is that it would allow customers who are happy w/ previous versions of the phone to just replace the battery when

      • if their last phone was something that caused them untold losses both financial and reputational, wouldn't 'repair' have been one of the things they'd have built into this new phone?

        Except repair wasn't the issue. Design fault was. Even if the device was repairable remember that there were two rounds of defects. Do you think their reputation would be any better after being forced to recall the device anyway after a second round of batteries started setting people's pants on fire?

        Reason companies have removed the replaceable batteries is that it would allow customers who are happy w/ previous versions of the phone to just replace the battery when the phone dies

        Nope. Not really. The reason was that the overwhelming majority of the customers didn't give a crap, didn't replace the battery, and the overwhelming number of devices were replaced due to catastrophic failure

        • The reason was that the overwhelming majority of the customers didn't give a crap, didn't replace the battery, and the overwhelming number of devices were replaced due to catastrophic failure or due to not being trendy anymore

          Maybe in the US, where free or heavily discounted phones were often dangled in front of customers in exchange for 2 year contracts. That's not how it's done in other countries, where people do have the habit of replacing their phone batteries. Of course, what this means is that only the richest people in other countries would go for such phones.

          • You mean maybe in the US, most of the EU, and most of the Asia Pacific region.
            You'll find that this leased subscriber model is wide spread around the world.

            Sure there are still some people who get the occasional pre-paid plan and bring their own device. But that are by far in the minority countries targeted for high-end smartphones.

    • I'd mod you up but I've already posted. Yep, you're right.
      It'd been nice if they'd lowered the price a bit more. Apart from the bad reputation the device has garnered there's also the fact that the Note 8 is not too far away (august according to some sources) but Samsung instead of lowering the price of the refurbished 7s they've opted for upping that of the 8 (about 1000$ if I remember right).
    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      Technically correct. The cause is the battery and it is non-removable, so the cause is the non-removable battery. It is the old tactic of putting together two unrelated facts to imply a connection that doesn't exist.

      The non-removable battery still made things worse in the sense that it made the problem much harder to deal with. They couldn't just send customers a new battery and tell them so do the swap themselves so they had to go through complex recall procedures.

    • Well, the fact is that 'non-removable' is a defect. Popularity has nothing to do with it. My iPhone was split open and destroyed because the battery was non-removable. My cheap android simply shut down because the removable battery just popped out the back when it inflated.

    • This writing shows the bias here...

      I shows that Apple's shitposting squad rivals Vlad's.

  • We moved july 4 to 7 as 7 is lucky now where is a good place to sit back and view the fireworks.

  • It should have been here the US, on July 4th.

    Of course at the time they didn't realize it was going to be the explosive hit that it eventually turned out to be ....

    Maybe South Korea could redirect the shipment northbound instead? Just tell the North that it's both a phone AND an exploding cigarette! I'm sure they'll get the joke.
  • FE? They couldn't go with anything else? Like Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fire Edition?

  • Samsung placing 'assault tablets' in civilian hands will be seen as a provocation. Will the Norks start to use their stockpile of unmodified Note 7s against the South?

  • be better?
  • they should have sent the 7's to NK :)

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