Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Returns: Refurbished Phones Arriving in 2017; Units to be Sold Cheaper?

By Laine Lucas , Updated Nov 18, 2016 08:21 AM EST
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The Korean tech-giant is reportedly planning to bring back the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, after the disastrous massive recall due to battery problems that caused devices to explode. It was already assumed that the days of the Note 7 are over, but a new report surfaced that the South Korean company will be selling refurbished units sometime next year.

The information comes from an alleged industry source who told The Investor about Samsung's plans. "Samsung has not made a final decision yet, but it will likely sell the refurbished Note 7 units next year," the source said. The report also noted that the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units will likely be sold in markets where people support more on the low-end and mid-range offerings, particularly in Vietnam and India.

With that said, the high-end expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be sold at a lower price in the aforementioned countries. Samsung might consider lowering the price since the Note 7's reputation has already been badly tarnished and that the units that will be sold are already refurbished, Trusted Reviews reported.

There were rumors suggesting that Samsung will discontinue the Note series altogether, following the major issue on the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units. However, Samsung shot those rumors down by confirming the release of Samsung Note 8. The company even announced an update program, which allows customers to trade in Note 7 for S7 units, which will then be used to trade for Note 8 or S8 at half the price.

At the moment, Samsung hasn't confirmed if it will indeed release overhauled Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Although the company may have done a great job in handling the explosion issue, some tech aficionados may still find it hard to trust the Note series again, let alone a refurbished unit. Would you consider buying a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Sound off in the comments below.

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