Galaxy Note Fan Edition: Samsung Launches New Phone Reusing Galaxy Note 7 Parts
Samsung is launching a new smartphone using parts from its Galaxy Note 7, which was axed after a battery fault led to some devices catching fire.
The company said the Galaxy Note Fan Edition would “minimize the environmental impact” of its high-profile flop.
The Note Fan Edition will go on sale only in South Korea on July 7, with a safer, smaller battery, Samsung added.
Samsung stopped production on its iPhone rival late last year after an earlier botched recall and re-release.
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About 2.5 million pieces of Galaxy Note 7 have since been recalled. The new phone features components from those recalled devices, as well as unused parts Samsung has in stock.
Environmentalists had been putting pressure on the firm to reuse Galaxy Note 7 components to reduce the amount of so-called e-waste.
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It is thought about 400,000 handsets will be made available from July 7.
Note Fan Edition will be priced about 30% cheaper than the Galaxy Note 7 at around 700,000 Korean won ($615).
The devices will be fitted with 3,200 mAh batteries that company says have passed strict safety tests. The Note 7 used 3,500 mAh batteries.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the successor to the original Note 7, is due for release later this year.