No, Samsung isn’t bringing the Galaxy Note7 from the dead.
The South Korean smartphone company has refuted a widely circulated report that claimed that Samsung plans to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note7 in Indonesia and India later this year.
“The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in India is incorrect.” a Samsung India spokesperson told Mashable India.
The report from Korean outlet Hankyung had noted that the company has slightly redesigned the smartphone, and is now placing a smaller battery to circumvent the high-pressure issue that caused the Galaxy Note7 smartphones to catch fire. Reuters had a similar report last month.
Last month, Samsung released the findings of its internal Galaxy Note7 investigation in which it cited two separate battery-related issues for explosions. The company at the time said, it has a new Battery Advisory Group which will oversee “external advisers, academic and research experts to ensure it maintains a clear and objective perspective on battery safety and innovation.”
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note7 smartphone in August, a month ahead of its usual September launch cycle to get a lead on Apple’s iPhone 7. However, right off the bat it was becoming clear that something was not right with the device.
Shortly after the Galaxy Note7 went on sale, first reports of the Galaxy Note7 catching fire started to surface. Early September, Samsung said it was halting sales of the Galaxy Note7 and had begun investigation what was causing some of these units to catch fire.
Samsung even sent out replacement units in a jiffy, identifying the problem with one battery supplier, but those units too were plagued with the same problems, leaving the company with no option but to kill the product. The global recall of the Galaxy Note7 has costed the company billions of dollars.