As the successor to the Galaxy Note 7, the Note 8 has huge responsibilities on its shoulders

Amidst all the buzz surrounding upcoming flagship the Galaxy S8 Samsung has announced that it will be selling ‘fiery’ Galaxy Note 7 (first impression) phones as refurbished phones in some markets.

To recall, the company was forced to recalled around 4 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after several battery explosion cases reported in different countries. Last month first reports appeared that the company is planning to introduce Note 7 as the refurbished devices.  After denying first, the company has formally confirmed its plans of sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 units in some markets.

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As of now, Samsung has established three principles to ensure recycled and processed in an environmentally-friendly manner. “First, devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable. Second, salvageable components shall be detached for reuse. Third, processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods,” said the company in a statement.

Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand,” the statement further read. “The markets and release dates will be determined accordingly.

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For remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, components such as semiconductors and camera modules shall be detached by companies specializing in such services and used for test sample production purposes.

Finally, for leftover component recycling, Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilizing eco-friendly companies specializing in such processes.

As part of our ongoing commitment to recycling, Samsung also plans to join the EU’s R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods.


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