Samsung Electronics says to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

SEOUL Tech hulk Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) pronounced late on Monday that it skeleton to sell refurbished versions of a Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a indication pulled from markets final year due to fire-prone batteries.

Samsung’s Note 7s were henceforth scrapped in Oct following a tellurian recall, roughly dual months from a launch of a near-$900 devices, after some phones self-combusted. A successive examine found production problems in batteries granted by dual opposite companies – Samsung SDI Co Ltd and Amperex Technology Ltd.

Analysis from Samsung and eccentric researchers found no other problems in a Note 7 inclination only a batteries, lifting conjecture that Samsung will replenish some of a waste by offered refurbished Note 7s.

A chairman informed with a matter told Reuters in Jan that it was deliberation a probability of offered refurbished versions of a device or reusing some parts.

Samsung’s proclamation that revamped Note 7s will go behind on sale, however, astounded some with a timing – only days before it launches a new S8 smartphone on Wednesday in a United States, a initial new reward phone given a disturbance final year.

Samsung, underneath outrageous vigour to spin a picture around after a blazing battery scandal, had formerly not commented on a skeleton for recovered phones.

“Regarding a Galaxy Note 7 inclination as refurbished phones or let phones, qualification is contingent on consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as good as due care of internal demand,” Samsung pronounced in a statement.

South Korea’s Electronic Times newspaper, citing unnamed sources, pronounced on Tuesday Samsung will start offered refurbished Note 7s in a home nation in Jul or Aug and will aim to sell between 400,000 and 500,000 of a Note 7s regulating protected batteries.

Samsung pronounced in a matter to Reuters a association has not set specifics on refurbished Note 7 sales plans, including what markets and when they would go on sale, yet observant a phones will not be sole in India as some media reported progressing this year.

The organisation pronounced refurbished Note 7s will be versed with new batteries that have left by Samsung’s new battery reserve measures.

“The design of introducing refurbished inclination is only to revoke and minimize any environmental impact,” it said.

The association estimated it took a $5.5 billion distinction strike over 3 buliding from a Note 7’s troubles. It had sole some-more than 3 million Note 7s before holding a phones off a market.

The association also skeleton to redeem and use or sell reusable components such as chips and camera modules and remove singular metals such as copper, gold, nickel and china from Note 7 inclination it opts not to sell as refurbished products.

The organisation had been underneath vigour from sourroundings rights organisation Greenpeace and others to come adult with environmentally accessible ways to understanding with a recovered Note 7s. Greenpeace pronounced in a apart matter on Monday that it welcomed Samsung’s preference and a organisation should lift out a skeleton in a verifiable manner.

($1 = 1,109.0100 won)

(Reporting by Se Young Lee; modifying by David Clarke/Ruth Pitchford and Himani Sarkar)

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