Samsung has begun selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition in South Korea, and the crew at iFixit has managed to get their hands on a unit to tear apart. Unsurprisingly, it shows that Samsung wasn’t kidding about reusing as much of the original device as possible.
Inside the new Galaxy Note 7 FE is the exact same device as the original, albeit with a slightly smaller battery. Impressively, Samsung hasn’t shrunk the capacity of the power source all that much. The new battery comes in at 12.32Wh compared to the original 13.48Wh. It’s less than a 10 percent reduction in capacity, but that is apparently all it takes to make the battery safe.
iFixit also confirmed that rumours of a different processor were completely unfounded. The group found Samsung’s Exynos 8890 processor where it’s supposed to be. Also there was the original components.
As expected, the repairability score of the Galaxy Note 7 FE remains the same as the Note 7. Considering that it really is the same device. Which is a good thing since we loved the Note 7 when it first appeared. Samsung has kept its side of the bargain and handled the entire fiasco very well. Now if only it would start selling this phone outside South Korea.