Sam­sung to sell re­cy­cled Note 7 phone in S Korea Sam­sung to min­i­mize waste through Note FE

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics said yesterday it’s re­called Galaxy Note 7 phones will be re­cy­cled and sold start­ing this week in South Korea. The Galaxy Note FE phone, us­ing un­used parts in the re­called Note 7 smart­phones, will go on sale in South Korea on Fri­day at 700,000 won, about three quar­ters of its orig­i­nal price. The com­pany said the sup­ply will be lim­ited to 400,000 units. Over­seas sales plans will be de­ter­mined later, it said in a state­ment. Sam­sung said the Note FE has “per­fect safety.”

The orig­i­nal Note 7 was one of the big­gest black eyes in Sam­sung’s his­tory. When it was launched in Au­gust 2016, the Note 7 was Sam­sung’s an­swer to Ap­ple’s up­com­ing iPhone. It was also one of the most ex­pen­sive Sam­sung phones with the price start­ing at $850. But af­ter re­ports emerged that its bat­ter­ies were prone to over­heat and catch fire, Sam­sung re­called the phone in less than a month of its launch and re­leased another one with re­placed bat­ter­ies.

But the sec­ond batch also tended to over­heat, prompt­ing Sam­sung to dis­con­tinue the Note 7. The de­ba­cle dealt a blow to Sam­sung’s cor­po­rate im­age. Avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties around the world banned the pricy phone on flight and photos of scorched Note 7 cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia. Sam­sung spent bil­lions of dol­lars to re­call the Note 7 and fix its dam­aged brand. Ear­lier this year, the com­pany re­leased the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­sults and blamed flaws in de­sign and pro­duc­tion of bat­ter­ies sup­plied by two bat­tery mak­ers.

Af­ter Sam­sung re­called millions of Note 7 phones, en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists have pres­sured the South Korean tech gi­ant to re­use the elec­tron­ics parts to re­duce waste. Sam­sung said the Note FE is part of its ef­forts to min­i­mize waste. Like the pre­vi­ous Note se­ries, the Note FE, short for “Fan Edi­tion,” fea­tures the jumbo screen mea­sur­ing 5.7 inches di­ag­o­nally and the sty­lus pen. —AP

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