Samsung earlier in the year said that they were planning on bringing the infamous Note 7 back in the hands of consumers via a refurbished model. While they were light on the details, it did bring a joy to many Galaxy Note fans that their favorite smartphone will be returning for one last time. Now, we finally have more details about the refurbished device, and its aptly named Galaxy Note Fan Editor, and it’s coming to South Korea on July 7th.
What might come as a disappointment so some, Samsung is only making 400,000 units of the device for its home market; and it’ll retail for 699,000 won ($611). Interestingly, that is 40% cheaper than what the Note 7 retailed for last year. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is made up of “unopened” and “unused” Note 7 parts, which the company has been reusing from the device to minimize “environmental impact” from having to dispose of 3.5 million devices.
The design of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is nearly identical to last year’s flagship device, with a few tweaks, however. First, there’s no Samsung branding up front, but there is a Galaxy Note Fan Edition branding on the backside. Because Samsung found the root problem of the Note 7’s explosions to be the battery, the company reduced the battery size on the Fan Edition to just 3,200mAh, and it still goes through the 8-point battery safety check to make sure it doesn’t overheat.
Most everything else is unchanged from the Note 7, including the IP68 dust and water resistance, as well as the S-Pen making its delightful return. The same Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, and Black Onyx color variants are still available. Samsung has made no clear indication as to what the exact specifications of the Fan Edition are, but it is safe to say that it won’t stray far away from the Note 7. The company, however, is offering the same software experience as the Galaxy S8 and S8+, including a few Bixby features like Bixby Home and Bixby Reminders. There isn’t a dedicated hardware button to activate Bixby, however.
Mums the word as to if Samsung will bring the Galaxy Note Fan Edition to other markets, although one can probably assume the answer is no. This brings the question, however – would you be interested in picking up a Galaxy Note Fan Edition device if it came available in your county? Let us know in the comments down below or on any of our social media pages.