After Samsung removed a Galaxy Note 7 for a second time, we all insincere it was left for good. As a aged observant goes: removed once, contrition on you, removed twice, maybe only stop and cruise if we should be offered a product in a initial place.
So after a second recall, Samsung reliable that it was pulling Note 7 inclination off shelves, interlude production, and essay off a whole debacle. That combined a new problem, however: what to do with a millions of expensive, non-recyclable phones littering adult a Samsung room somewhere.
After poignant vigour from Greenpeace and other ecological organizations, Samsung has summarized accurately what it’s formulation on doing with all a leftover Galaxy Note 7 handsets. Some will be scrapped, with any useful tools harvested, and metals extracted in an eco-friendly approach before the remains are trashed. But for an vague other series of handsets, Samsung is formulation on refurbishing them and offered them behind to consumers, or regulating them as let phones. In other words, a Galaxy Note 7 isn’t passed yet.
Samsung isn’t giving sum yet, though a statement released today does seems to endorse that this is a really genuine thing, and not some last-minute plan:
Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 inclination as refurbished phones or rental phones, qualification is contingent on consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as good as due care of internal demand. The markets and recover dates will be dynamic accordingly.
For remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, components such as semiconductors and camera modules shall be isolated by companies specializing in such services and used for exam representation prolongation purposes.
Finally, for left over member recycling, Samsung shall initial extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, bullion and china by utilizing eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.
The fact that Samsung hasn’t started operative on regulatory capitulation nonetheless means we’re substantially not going to see some vital general launch of refurbished Galaxy Note 7s. Between a arriving Galaxy S8 launch this spring, and a new Galaxy Note 8 this fall, Samsung wouldn’t wish a large product launch of final year’s phone to offer as a distraction. Much some-more expected is that a refurbished phones are used as loaner inclination during product repairs, or sole in reduction remunerative markets during a discount.
Do you have an unusual story to tell? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org