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Samsung to launch refurbished Galaxy Note 7

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A Galaxy Note 7 deemed safe by Samsung caught fire on Southwest Airlines flight 944 from Louisville to Baltimore. The plane was still on ground and was evacuated quickly after passengers were startled by a smoking Galaxy Note 7. The owner of the phone, Brian Green, told the Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/5/13175000/samsung-galaxy-note-7-fire-replacement-plane-battery-southwest) that he had picked up the replacement phone from AT&T store on September 21st. The phone was supposed to be safe to use as it came with a black square symbol on the box (one which Samsung now uses to differentiate safe Note 7 devices) and showed a green battery symbol. [Image: https://quip.com/-/blob/WNdAAA8gn3J/sIpDyjS87gr06Lvh4bNekA]Green said that as soon as he powered down the device, as requested by the flight crew, his device started emitting a “thick grey-green angry smoke”. He left the phone on the floor and quickly evacuated the flight. The phone burned through the carpet and had even damaged the subfloor of the plane. Green's phone had about 80 percent charge when the accident happened. He said that he had only once used a wireless charger to charge his device. The device is now in the hands of the local fire department for further investigation and Green has replaced his device with a new iPhone 7. In hindsight, that might not have been an entirely good decision as there have been similar incidents where iPhone 7 and 7 plus have caught fire due to battery damage (https://www.techjuice.pk/iphone-7-plus-explodes-before-even-being-taken-out-of-the-box/).

Samsung has confirmed that it will be launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7. It is the first official statement by the company about its flagship. The company has been in a difficult position with regards to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7‘s battery combustion fiasco.

Batteries of refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be of smaller capacity compared to the original variant. The refurbished versions will have 3,200 mAh battery. The original variants had 3,500 mAh battery. The company halted the sale of the Note 7, two months after its launch, resulting in a huge loss for the company both in terms of money and integrity.

Apart from its battery, the company is opting not to change any other feature of the phone. Moreover, the new refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be available in the market at around $611.

Samsung will start selling the new refurbished Galaxy Note 7 from July 7, 2017, starting from South Korea, the home company of the Note 7.

Similarly, the company is also launching its new flagship dubbed as Galaxy Note 8 on 26th August 2017. Now with the company launching two Galaxy Notes one new and other refurbished, it will interesting to see how Samsung lover reacts to this move by the company.

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