Samsung Galaxy Note 7 News: Refurbished Units Gets FCC Certification, Will Launch In June?

By Catherine Martin | May 08, 2017 08:04 PM EDT
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The Korean tech giant's Galaxy Note 7 is reborn. Its refurbished units have received a FCC certification and its launch is imminent.

Based on the listing from the Federal Communications Commission, units with model numbers SM-N935KOR, SM-N935K, SM-N935L and SM-N935S were found, GSM Arena reported. The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 is behind the codename. In addition to this K, L and S meant that it is destined for the Korean market, so more likely it will be launched in its homeland first.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 got its US FCC certification on May 4. The certification is for FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, frequencies of Bluetooth, wireless LAN and NFC. About 300,000 devices are expected to be sold in June.

The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be called Galaxy Note 7 R. It will be cheaper than the original Note 7. In Korea it will be priced at nearly 700,000 won, ieTechnology reported.

The refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to sport an Exynos 8890 Octa chipset with a 4GB RAM. Its battery might be 3,200mAh instead of 3,500 mAh that was available on the original phone and it can be charged through USB-C.

It can be remembered that Samsung Galaxy Note 7's production was stopped due to faulty battery issues. Several reports claim that the units catches fire and explodes. As a result, Samsung made a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 in October.

Per Wired, after its longs silence, Samsung finally released a reason about the fire and explosion issues of its Galaxy Note 7. Based on its independent research and scientific analysis, the problem was due to its batteries which were sourced from different suppliers.

For batteries sourced from Samsung SDL, it lacked enough room to separate the heat-sealed protective pouch around the battery and its internal. As a result, the electrodes within the battery crimp and weaken the separator between the electrodes that caused a short circuit.

For batteries sourced in Amperex Technology Limited, some cells missed insulation tape and some have sharp protrusions inside the cell that damage the separator and also increases the risk of a short circuit.

Are you willing to buy a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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