Samsung has finally announced that it will be selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 later this week. As reported earlier, the rebuilding device will be known as the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition. However, it would appear that Samsung is playing it safe and only releasing the Note 7 FE in South Korea for now.
According to the official announcement, the Note 7 FE is built from devices obtained during the recall, with some parts replaced with existing spare components. Naturally, there’s a new battery; one with a smaller capacity than the original. Still, the new power source passes Samsung’s improved standards and should be perfectly safe for use.
Software enhancements have also been applied to the Note 7 FE. Samsung has installed the same operating system as the one on the Galaxy S8, including its new Bixby AI assistant. Of course, it won’t have the same physical button to activate the assistant.
For now, the Note 7 FE will only be sold in South Korea for 699,600 won. There are only 400,000 units available for the country, and Samsung is not saying whether there will be a global unit available. That said, a report from Reuters indicates that the US and India are not being considered for release. This may indicate that the refurbished devices are intended as a Korea only offer.