Last month a report from South Korea claimed that Samsung was getting ready to offer refurbished Galaxy Note7 units this summer, following last year’s recalls.
Today this has been confirmed by the company itself, through a news release that focuses on how it’s going to “recycle” the giant pile of returned Note7 units that it has in its possession.
The first step in that process is refurbishing units or renting them (whatever that may mean). The second step involves detaching salvageable components from the phones, in order to reuse them. And third, if all else fails, “processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods”.
Regarding the sale of refurbished units, Samsung hasn’t shared any actual details such as where that will happen and when. All it’s giving us at the moment is that “applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand”. The exact markets in which these will be offered, as well as release dates, will apparently be “determined accordingly”.
That rumor from February which talked about this said the refurbished handsets would be sold in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam. They will allegedly come with new, smaller batteries. Other parts could be changed too. In order to be sure exactly which, we’re going to have to wait for another announcement from Samsung on the matter.