Report: Samsung to Bring the Galaxy Note 7 Back to Life, Just with a Smaller Battery


A fresh report out of Korea suggests Samsung will bring the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 back to life, this time with a smaller battery so it doesn’t explode. The article notes that emerging markets such as India and Vietnam will take advantage of the phone rather locations such as the United States or Canada. A similar report surfaced back in November which indicated Samsung may begin selling refurbished Note 7s in emerging markets, however we haven’t heard any further developments regarding the subject since then. That said, this new report may be natural progression of a rumor mill that may begin picking up steam soon.

In terms of size, Samsung will reportedly shrink the Note 7’s battery down from 3500mAh to 3200mAh, a 300mAh difference which will likely not result into any major battery life changes. If you recall, last month the company made it a priority to reveal just what went wrong with the Note 7’s battery eruption problem, indicating that the size and placement of the cells resulted in improper operation, therefore causing the batteries to inflate and eventually pop and burst into flames due to pressure build up. With a smaller battery, there’ll be more room for the cells to sit properly and not fit as snug as before, thereby dispensing pressure better and (hopefully) not cause any major issues. It’s unclear whether this would really help the Note 7’s case as it’s still known to many as the phone that blows up, but if Samsung markets the handset a bit differently and doesn’t make a big deal out of the situation, we may have not seen the phone’s final days yet.

For reference, the same specifications Samsung included in the Note 7 before (such as the 5.7-inch QHD display, Exynos 8890 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage) will also make their way back to the market.

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