Samsung has announced its strategies to recycle its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. The process includes three parts: salvage components like camera modules and semiconductors; extract metal parts and sell those refurbished products. According to some prior reports, the emerging markets such as India would be the ideal places for modified versions of the refurbished Galaxy Note 7.
People believe that Samsung’s action aims at minimizing monetary loss after Note 7 was globally recalled last year. The return version of Note 7 will be utilized as refurbished or rental products. As mentioned above, detached salvageable components will be used with the aim to testing sample production.
In addition, third-party companies will support this product in extracting and processing valuable metals including gold, silver, nickel, and copper. Then, Samsung intends to participate in the EU’s research and development to develop new eco-friendly processing methods. At a later stage, the company may unveil the device’s release date. Instead of the 3,500 mAh battery, the refurbished Note 7 is said to come with a smaller 3,000 to 3,200 mAh battery to avoid overheating.
According to the conglomerate in South Korea, its internal research of the exploding Note 7 together with research by independent authorities found out two separate flaws with the batteries two months ago. Hence, the Note 7 fiasco provoked Samsung to postpone its Galaxy S8 flagship. Note 7 fires and the subsequent product discontinuation were estimated to cause $5.3 billion damage for this South Korean company.
Greenpeace wrote in a blog post that Samsung’s announcement was the first step to show its effort to set a new path for recycling smartphones starting with Note 7. This would ensure that Samsung considered the voice of millions of its assistants. However, Samsung’s Mobile World Congress keynote was interrupted by Greenpeace activists last month as the company did not admit its plans to recycle 4.3 million recalled devices.