When the Galaxy Note 7 quite literally blew up in Samsung's face, the tech giant decided to make the most of the embarrassing turn of events.
Phones aren't supposed to set things on fire, but the Note 7 did. This is a huge oversimplification of the mess that had been Samsung's arguably biggest embarrassment to date. There were numerous reports of Note 7s bursting to flames, prompting Samsung to issue a recall of the exploding phones. Samsung gave out replacement units, but this move literally went down in flames as well. As of October of last year, Samsung recalled every Galaxy Note 7 unit there is.
Earlier this year, Samsung announced that two different battery defects were responsible for the phones bursting into flames. The first battery had a design flaw, while the second battery's casing was too tight, causing the battery to short-circuit.
While these events are certainly a huge blow, Samsung has found a way to salvage the Note 7.
Samsung recalled about 2.5 million phones. It wasn't the entire unit that was defective, just the batteries. Thus, most of the components of these units were perfectly fine. Environmentalists put pressure on Samsung to reuse these components, thereby lessening the generation of e-waste.
E-waste is a general term for electronics and electronic components that are no longer in use or useful. Thus, Samsung decided that some good can still come out of the Galaxy Note 7. The company created the Note Fan Edition with parts salvaged from the disgraced Note 7s, minimizing the recall's environmental impact.
Learning from past mistakes, Samsung also made sure that the new unit's batteries passed very strict safety standards. The Note 7 had 3,500 mAh batteries, while the new Note Fan Edition has 3,200 mAh batteries.
Samsung released just 400,000 Note Fan Edition units in South Korea on July 7. Samsung has yet to decide if they'll be releasing this unit in other markets at a later date. People speculate that Samsung will announce the release of the new Galaxy 8 next month, and it's possible that people will simply wait for the Galaxy 8 instead of snapping up the reincarnation of the failed Galaxy Note 7.
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