The new Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition (Note FE) will reuse parts of the old Note 7, a device which the company removed from the market due to battery faults.
Samsung has today announced a refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7 dubbed ‘Fan Edition’, which will reuse old hardware from the cursed device. By now, we’re sure everyone is aware of the Note debacle which cost the company an estimated £4.4 billion. More than 2.5 million of the original Galaxy Note 7 handsets were recalled in October last year due to faulty batteries which caused some of the devices to catch fire.
Twitter users from all over the world were reporting the handset spontaneously catching fire in a variety of places, leading to a safety ban on all international flights from several countries. A second batch was released which supposedly fixed the issue, though shortly after these products also started experiencing similar problems. This was the final nail in the coffin, with Samsung throwing in the towel and ordering a total recall on all Note 7 handsets. Fire-proof return packaging was provided to ensure the devices were protected during transit, while non-returned devices were effectively killed off in a mandatory software update.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition is a carbon copy of the Note 7. In terms of hardware and design, nothing has changed. Samsung is claiming the new handset has been tested to have “perfect safety”, which is clearly an effort to garner support. Initial production of the latest range will be limited to 400,000 units, with a potential for more in the future. The device will retail for £469, considerably less than the original Note 7.