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The original release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 went poorly – bringing literal explosions to the homes of some who purchased the device. Since the failed launch in 2016, Samsung has attempted to make amends with customers in numerous countries, even citing an eight-step security check in their newest Galaxy S8 releases.

It looks like Samsung has been wholly forgiven in the United States. At least, marketing of the newest set has eliminated the disaster from the minds of American consumers. But other countries are having a more difficult time with the adjustment.

Last fall, the Note 7 was pulled from the market altogether. Now, in 2017, three refurbished variants are being released. Experts believe the phones will be marketed as the Galaxy Note FE (Fandom Edition). Each variant has been certified by the WFA (Wi-Fi Alliance), according to testing documentation published by the agency earlier this month.

The certified phones include model numbers SM-N935L, SM-N935K, and SM-N935F. All three were running Android 7.0 Nougat during testing, likely enhanced with Samsung’s own user interface. The smartphones were built for South Korean and select international markets. It is unlikely the phones will become popular in the United States, as most consumers won’t recognize them or know they exist.

Reports show the Note FE will include a 3,200mAh battery instead of the 3,500mAh, which powered the original Note 7. This battery, according to Samsung, was too compressed and volatile for daily use, thus contributing to the fires and explosions associated with the original release.

The Galaxy Note FE will be priced under $500. This is half the price of the original device. Samsung has already confirmed the phone will not be launched in the United Sates, as the S8 series has already taken hold. The company doesn’t want to remind consumers about the ordeal they experienced last year. Instead, the focus will remain on the newest release and the eight-step security check the company promises for each future smartphone set.

So far, the Galaxy S8 release has garnered mostly positive responses from consumers and experts – although it has been coined the “most fragile phone ever.” More than five million phones have been sold since the release hit the market in April. That number is impressive for just thirty days.

The coined phrase describing the S8 is well-deserved but not impossible to overcome. Based on a unique design, the screens of S8 phones are highly susceptible to cracking or shattering. These breaks, however, can be fixed at third party repair shops for a reasonable price. Thus, the phone has been appreciated and praised, despite its breakability.

Still, other countries are looking for a refurbished version of the Note 7, and Samsung is more than willing to deliver. The Note FE fills a necessary void – the need to get it right. The device will go on sale next month in South Korea, where consumers will be able to determine whether or not Samsung fixed the underlying problems.

 

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