Following Samsung’s confirmation that the Galaxy Note 7 will make a comeback in some markets, a rumor surfaced from China claiming that the handset will be released soon on a small scale basis.
In addition to shedding some light on the potential release date of the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Weibo tipster also mentioned a few more things regarding the phone. One of them was the price, claiming that the Note 7 (2017) will be about CNY 2000 ($290) cheaper. Another thing mentioned was that the battery capacity would be reduced to something between 3000mAh and 3200mAh.
In early April, the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was leaked in a series of images that also revealed a number of internal features, other than the design. From the images, it was evident that Samsung will be sticking with the same design language. As for the internals, the images confirmed the phone’s tweaked model number, battery capacity and software.
Apparently, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will ditch the model number SM-N930 used on the original Note 7 and instead come in with model number SM-N935. In addition, the Weibo report on battery capacity was indeed confirmed in these images, with a 3200mAh battery shown. Furthermore, the images revealed that the phablet will be powered by the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
Now, early this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance cleared a series of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets, with one of them carrying model number SM-N935S. If anything, this is a model of the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 that can easily be associated with South Korea’s SKT carrier. The certification also confirmed that the new Note 7 will indeed be powered by Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
Now, in a fresh report coming from South Korea, it appears that Samsung will be ready to take the wraps off the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 towards the end of June. In addition, the phone will reportedly be baptized Samsung Galaxy Note 7R, with R obviously meaning refurbished. Confirming earlier rumors about the price, the latest report claims that the Galaxy Note 7R will be available at about 700,000 Won, down from the original’s price tag of 988,900 Won. When converted, it means the refurbished Note 7 will be selling for about $620.
Interestingly, the new report further adds that the phone will first be released in South Korea, which adds more weight to the initial report that said the first release would be small scale. For now, we don’t know when the handset will make its debut in other markets – or even the markets that will get the phone. Those in the U.S. and Canada shouldn’t expect to see this model locally, instead, they can sit back and wait for the Galaxy Note 8.