While the decision to offer refurbished Galaxy Note 7, popularly called the Note 7R, comes solely with the objective to reduce and minimize any environmental impact, at least according to Samsung. It appears that the price will be quite appealing as, according to report coming from South Korea, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7R smartphone could cost as low as KRW500,000, which is around US $440.
Unfortunately, earlier reports also suggested that it won't be available in all regions and it won't be coming to the US as, in its statement for The Verge, Samsung noted that the re-launch is dependent on "consultation with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as consideration of local demand".
The same report suggests that the Note 7R could launch by the end of this month and pack a smaller 3,200mAh battery and run on latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS, while the rest of the specifications should remain unchanged.
With a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2560x1440 screen, Exynos 8890 octa-core SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM and good 12-megapixel camera, the Galaxy Note 7 is still a good smartphone, especially since the rumored 3,200mAh battery is not far behind the original 3,500mAh one.
Samsung took a big hit with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, with predictions ending up at around US $17 billion in revenue loss and Samsung estimating a 33 percent drop in operating profits, so it does not come as a surprise that it wants to get rid of some of the units, especially with Greenpeace breathing down its neck regarding proper, environmental-friendly, way of disposing all those smartphones.
Hopefully, Samsung will soon reveal a bit more official information about the availability and the price of refurbished models.