After finally revealing the reasons behind the self-combusting Galaxy Note 7s, we wondered if Samsung would ever place the phone back in circulation. It seems that that will be the case, though the company’s best big phone (aside from the explody parts) will be going back on sale, albeit in limited quantities and in select areas.
Korean news site Hankyung is reporting that Samsung will be selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7s to Vietnamn and India with smaller, brand new batteries inside. The phones will have smaller capacity batteries (3,000mAh to 3,200mAh) and new cases. The report says that Samsung has around 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7’s left in inventory, which is a heck of a lot of product just withering away in storage, eating up both space and money in storage costs.
The Galaxy Note 7 likely won’t be sold in US or European markets again since it’ll be an uphill battle trying to get regulators to allow the sale of the once exploding phones, but selling the devices in developing markets may be easier. We’d reckon that there will be a lot of Galaxy Note 7 buyers here in the Philippines as well if the refurbished phones are offered here, if it’s priced right by Samsung. One can only hope.