The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco that took place late last year was saddening to many people, I inclusive, because the Note 7 was very powerful with never-before-seen features on an Android smartphone. Samsung had to discontinue sales and recall the Note 7 last year, but in April, the Korean company unveiled its plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units, this time not in the U.S., but in its home country, Korea. These units are dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R.
Just last week, some Galaxy Note 7 smartphones with the model numbers SM-N935K, SM-N935L and SM-N935S were certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as safe for use by consumers, so there is practically nothing withholding Samsung from carrying out its plans.
If you’re wondering what changes Samsung made to keep the refurbished Galaxy Note 7R units from lighting up the user’s world, the 3500mAh battery has been removed from the smartphone and replaced with a new 3200mAh battery that has been tested and will not explode.
Another feature that has changed in the Galaxy Note 7R is the software. The original Galaxy Note 7 ran on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Other specifications stay the same, however.
The refurbished Galaxy Note 7R units will be launched in Korea at a reported date of “late May or early June”. This will be achieved via local telecoms companies in the country like SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus.
When it’s finally launched, we expect that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7R would cost 700,000 Won in Korea, which is $620 in the U.S. and Rs. 39,930 in India. If this holds then, the Galaxy Note 7R would be 30% cheaper than the Note 7 which was launched for $886 in the U.S., Rs. 57,078.60 in India and 1001188.86 South Korean Won.