Samsung had a forgettable stint with its Galaxy Note 7 phablet. In what was perhaps the biggest recall in smartphones history, Samsung pulled millions of Galaxy Note 7 units from shelves across the world in the wake of multiple incidents of explosions and units catching fire. Months later, Samsung has revealed plans what it is going to do with the recalled units. The company has announced it will be selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units in some countries. However, Samsung has confirmed to BGR India that the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will not be hitting the Indian shores. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsAppAlso Read - Galaxy S21 FE flaunts itself again on benchmark, reveals RAM for high-end Samsung model
Samsung says it has established three principles to make sure Galaxy Note 7 units are 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. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 leaked specs make it look slightly better than Galaxy M42 5G
“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.” RELATED: No, Samsung is not launching refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in India
Samsung will detach components such as semiconductors and camera modules from the remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices for test sample production purposes. Samsung also says it will be extracting precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver from the left over components in an eco-friendly manner.
Samsung s decision to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units comes in the wake of protests and campaigns run by environmentalists who sought the company to address the environmental impact of the recall. In February, Greenpeace activists had crashed Samsung s press conference at MWC 2017 demanding the company to recycle and reuse the recalled units. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions were caused by two set of faulty batteries
Welcoming the move, Jude Lee, Global Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia said, People around the world signed petitions, emailed Samsung s CEO, demonstrated in cities around the world, and finally Samsung has listened. This is major win for everyone that took action, and a step towards shifting the way we produce and dispose of electronics.