Samsung dropped the ball with the release of the Galaxy Note 7 last year. It had the hottest (quite literally) smartphone on the market, rave reviews from critics and fans alike, but the faulty battery ruined any plans for glory. Rumors were afloat for some time that the Galaxy Note 7 might be re-released - and now it seems those have come true. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE is coming to South Korea in July.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE: price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be relaunched (it's the third time, for those of you who are counting) in 2017 for the Korean market. A report from the Wall Street Journal says that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fandom Edition will be launched on July 7 in South Korea. This is claim matched by a previous leak on Korean site ETNews.
Although Samsung is investing more time and effort into these devices again, the price is still expected to drop. According to reports from Korean media and the WSJ, consumers will see a price cut of about 700,000 won, which converts to about $250. So, the Galaxy Note 7 FE will apparently be released to the market for the equivalent of around $630, or possibly less.
It's unclear whether Samsung will also launch the Galaxy Note 7 FE to markets outside of Korea, though it seems like Samsung has already excluded the US and Canada from the re-release. According to the WSJ, 700,000 units will be available to the Korean market. Despite relaunching the Note 7, Samsung still plans on launching the Galaxy Note 8. It's still up in the air when exactly the Note 8 will be presented to the public, it will be quite soon.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE: name
Earlier rumors speculated that the device could be called Galaxy Note 7R, with the R standing for "refurbished". It seems like a new moniker is making the rounds now, though. The refurbished Galaxy Note 7 might actually be released under the name Galaxy Note 7 FE instead of Galaxy Note 7R. The FE apparently stands for "Fandom Edition". These rumors and speculations are to be enjoyed with a pinch of salt, especially since Korean news sources are notorious for pushing wild speculations.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE: technical specs
Of course, this won't be the original Note 7. According to media reports, Samsung essentially just replaced the battery of the recalled Note 7 with a 3,200 mAH battery, making it just slightly smaller than the original. It will still be larger than that of its cousin, the Galaxy S8, which is equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery. Apart from the slimmed down battery power, there will most likely be no other technical changes.
Would you be interested in buying a refurbished Note 7? Let us know why or why not in the comments.