Samsung resurrecting Galaxy Note 7 for emerging markets – with modified battery

Samsung is reportedly looking to release a modified version its disastrous Galaxy Note 7 device to emerging markets in 2017.

The Korean manufacturer is releasing a refurbished model of the notorious smartphone in markets including India and Vietnam. The move is aimed at keeping its losses to a minimum, and could also help Samsung avoid an environmental penalty.

The modified Note 7 devices will be made available in June, and reportedly feature many identical components to the original devices. However, it is understood that Samsung has reduced the battery capacity from 3,500mAh to either 3,200mAh or 3,000mAh.

Originally released last year, the Note 7 was an undeniable catastrophe for Samsung. Although the device initially received excellent reviews, it soon emerged the device’s batteries - manufactured by Samsung subsidiary Samsung SDI - suffered from a fault which could cause them to explode.

The firm stated that the issue was that “the negative electrode was deflected in the upper-right corner”, but conceded that the negative electrode tip being incorrectly positioned could also have played a part. Samsung reacted to the early reports of exploding devices by producing devices with different batteries manufactured by Hong Kong-based Amperex Technology. However, these proved to have similar issues.

Samsung’s investigation into the Note 7 resulted in it recovering 98% of the devices that it had sold, leaving the firm holding around 2.5 million unsellable devices that it is required to dispose of responsibly, under pain of a fine from South Korea’s Ministry of Environment.

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