Samsung will recycle the Note 7, at least parts of it to reduce the environmental impact and cut down on the financial loss a bit.
“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact”, says Samsung to The Verge in a recent statement. The recycling process will go in 3 parts: extract everything that can be recycled like cameras, screens, semi-conductors *cough*not the battery, strap the parts together into a new phone, change the name and sell it where possible. Simple, right?
Despite Samsung stating a while ago that they will not refurbish the Note 7, it seems they have changed their mind. The new, refurbished device is rumored to come with a smaller battery, for obvious reasons. It is also rumored that it will be a completely new, re-branded device. As of right now, there is no word about the specs, but if they will, say, shrink the battery by 1/3, we could expect a mid-range, or maybe even a high-end device, but take this with a grain of salt.
“The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.” So yea, if you’re living in the US of A, you’re out of luck.
It is reported that Samsung has recalled 4.3 million devices, and it would be a shame if they all go to waste. Recycling at least some parts of the devices seems only logical.
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