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April 30 2017, 06:44 | Alexander Lowe
Overall profits may have gone up, but profits from high-end devices - Galaxy S and Note - fell to their lowest levels yet, 29%.
Authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere banned the device from use on planes and even from being placed in checked luggage.
That news was also confirmed by a spokesperson with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, who said Samsung's announcement did not pertain to the sale of recycled or refurbished Note 7 phones in the U.S.
"We expect demand for the device will be high from the start, and we are focusing efforts to secure enough supplies", the official added. However, those phones too showed a tendency to burst into flames.
According to Gadget 360, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be equipped with 6GB RAM and up to 256GB of expandable internal storage. In effect, such Note 7 handsets would only be of use till they are plugged in. In the second, welding burrs on the positive electrode caused the same problem. After the recall, Samsung was left with an estimated 4.3 million Note 7s taking up space in a warehouse (and most likely setting fire to that warehouse). A person familiar with the matter told Reuters in January that it was considering the possibility of selling refurbished versions of the device or reusing some parts from the recalled phones. Stiff competition from Apple (AAPL) and Chinese brands such as Xiaomi and Huawei made it hard for Samsung to grow or even preserve its market share. Though both phones are going to be reinforced with Gorilla Glass 5, there is only so much that a piece of glass is able to do against the unforgiving pavement or a sharp object. The company will work with regulators and carriers to decide where and when the newly refurbished phones will be available.
Though Samsung is expected to hold onto headphone jack, unlike Apple, the company might launch new earphones replacing the white rubber ones bundled in predecessors. These components will later be used for test sample production purposes.
Samsung didn't offer a timeline or price for the refurbished units, but keep an eye out in the coming months.