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Samsung’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 phones are officially back with a new name and smaller battery.The phones are back on sale in South Korea under a new name: the Galaxy Note FE.
Everything looks to be about the same, except for the battery which has a smaller capacity 3,200 mAh compared to 3,500 mAh on the Note 7.
The Note FE’s batteries use brand new designs and Samsung puts them through the same strict 8-point battery check it uses with the Galaxy S8 and S8+’s batteries.
So far there have been no reports of Galaxy S8 phones exploding since the phones launched in April, which is really great because it means Samsung has really gone the extra mile to make sure the batteries don’t explode even with punctured.
Refurbishing the Note 7 is obviously good for the environment and reduces e-waste. Greenpeace made a huge stink about Samsung not committing to a recycling/refurbishing plan, and the Note FE should appease them.
It’s also good for Samsung from a business perspective since the company reportedly lost around $5.3 billion recalling up to 2.5 billion defective phones it shipped worldwide; the Note FE can recover some of the losses.
It’s worth pointing out that Samsung is only selling the Note FE in South Korea, there are only plans to sell 400,000 Note FE phones and there are no plans to sell them globally.