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Samsung’s exploding smartphone may be on the brink of a comeback

Here is what Samsung could do with 2.5 million Note 7 smartphones.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Feb 21, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 11:09 pm CDT

Samsung is reportedly planning to bring the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 back from the ashes to sell in emerging markets.

The company is creating modified versions of the extinct flagship device with batteries of either 3,000 mAh or 3,200 mAh to replace the defective 3,500 mAh units, according to South Korean business publication Kankyung.

The new phones will be sold in India and Vietnam to minimize the company’s losses and to avoid an environmental fine on the 2.5 million Note 7s it has sitting dangerously in its factories

About a month ago, the company revealed its investigations determined a faulty lithium-ion battery design as the reason behind the device’s risk of catching fire. Samsung says it retrieved an incredible 98 percent of the 3 million handsets it sold, but never clarified what it plans to do with them.

The new units will give the South Korean giant another chance at reviving the Galaxy Note 7, which was on pace to be one of the best received phones of the year. Instead, it helped tank Samsung’s reputation

The Kankyung report says the Note 7 will relaunch by June, but did not specify pricing.

The Daily Dot reached out to Samsung for comment.


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*First Published: Feb 21, 2017, 3:29 pm CST