Well this is was a bit of a surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially coming back to market, albeit with a few refurbished tweaks.
Samsung has just gained approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which would allow them to start selling refurbished Note 7’s at the end of June this year. No word yet whether it will be available in the UK and Samsung have ruled out a US or Canada launch. However, there will no doubt be some smart resellers across the world keen to get their hands on some stock for those countries.
The Samsung Note 7 has pretty much been forgotten since the recent launch of the well-received S8 but there’s no denying it was a pretty impressive piece of kit and many Note 4 users here in the UK were looking forward to their long overdue upgrade. Unfortunately the headline-grabbing battery problems meant the Note 7 quickly disappeared from the market after a massive recall across the globe – even this writer’s own pre-ordered Note 7 never actually got delivered.
Samsung have already confirmed it was planning on recycling the millions of recalled Note 7 phones but this new announcement means some customers in some countries will be able to purchase the phone which is expected to be known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R.
Instead of using the same size battery, Samsung has reduced the 3500 mAh down to 3250 mAh, according to Android Authority.
Current rumours suggest the Refurbished Note 7 will be available for $620 which is about $250 cheaper than the original launch price.
So what do you think? Smart move by Samsung or another PR disaster? And would you want one? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.