Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note 7 back, albeit with a new name and a smaller (hopefully less flammable) battery. Unfortunately for almost everyone reading this, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is initially only launching in Samsung’s home country of South Korea. At least for the time being.
For the uninitiated, the Galaxy Note 7 was recalled after some handsets caught fire. Samsung then issued replacements, which were also prone to catching fire. The company eventually decided to kill the Galaxy Note 7 altogether , recalling every single unit people were willing to give up .
Samsung Makes Amends With Note 7 Fans
Now, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. According to Reuters, this is a refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7 “made from recalled, unsealed Note 7 handsets and unused Note 7 components”. So, that Galaxy Note 7 you once owned will now be resold elsewhere.
There are two key differences between the Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. The first is that Samsung has switched the faulty batteries out for smaller capacity 3,200 mAh batteries. The second sees the software updated to support Bixby, Samsung’s new smart assistant .
The Galaxy Note Fan Edition will launch in South Korea on July 7. It will cost 699,600 won (which works out to around $611) and there will only be 400,000 units manufactured. Samsung has no plans to sell the Fan Edition in the U.S., but is set to decide on other markets in due course.
Everyone else is busy looking forward to the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is set to unveil the new handset in August for release in September. And while it’s set to cost a wallet-busting $900, that should buy you a premium handset with (if the rumors are true) a 6.3-inch Infinity Display and iPhone 7 Plus-like dual-cameras. Plus a smaller battery because Samsung isn’t taking any chances.
The Epilogue the Galaxy Note 7 Deserves
The story of the Galaxy Note 7 doesn’t exactly paint Samsung in a good light. However, perhaps the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is the epilogue it deserved. Sure, most people would rather just wait another couple of months to buy a Galaxy Note 8, but we suspect this phone will find an audience. Let’s just hope none of them blow up, or Samsung may regret ever bringing the Note 7 back.
Did you buy a Note 7? If so, did you exchange it for another phone when they started exploding? Or did you keep hold of yours? Are you interested in the Galaxy Note Fan Edition? Or are you waiting for the Galaxy Note 8? Please let us know in the comments below!