Samsung confirms the Note 7 is coming back as a refurbished device

Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, the company has released a press release regarding its plans to recycle Note 7 devices. The process comes in three parts: to save salvageable components such as camera modules and semiconductors, extract metal parts with the help from “eco-friendly” third party companies, and consider refurbishing devices “where applicable.”

The announcement appears to walk back on what Samsung initially pledged last fall, when it said it would dispose of the Note 7 and had no plans to repair or refurbish them. Instead, Samsung has confirmed it will work with local authorities and carriers to sell it as a refurbished device, rumored to come with a smaller battery to prevent it from over-heating and catching fire. The company said available markets are to be determined as they work with local regulators approve of the sale.

Samsung’s recycling plans come after Greenpeace protestors interrupted the company’s Mobile World Congress keynote last month, demanding to know what the company will do with the 4.3 million recalled devices.

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