The last time we heard a major news about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was back in February when it was said that the device would be refurbished and sold in emerging markets at cheaper rates. But those of outside South Korea may have to wait longer to lay their hands on the new device.
Now the world’s largest smartphone maker has announced that starting this Friday, it would begin selling the phones in South Korea even though it won’t be called Note 7 according to reports. It’s going to be call Galaxy Note FE (Fan Edition).
The new phone will sell for $610 which is about 30 percent less than the Note 7 and comes with Samsung’s new digital voice assistant Bixby.
Samsung’s Note 7 just two months into launch started catching fire which led Samsung to recall about 2.5 million of the devices and upon relaunch, there were renewed cases of fire incidents which led Samsung to stop producing the device and paying back people.
To start, the Note FE will be limited with 400,000 devices at launch time and there’s no clear figure on how many of the devices will be eventually sold.
In spite of the losses from the Note 7, Samsung managed to make some profit when it reported about $7b in profit back in January.
To please green activists, Samsung says the device is made from part of failed Note 7 and has provided more information on how it would dispose other parts.