Some people may be thinking that Samsung would rather want to forget about its disastrous Galaxy Note 7 flagship offering. But the last few months have seen tons of rumors and reports that the world’s biggest seller of smartphone devices is looking to give its phablet another shot at a release.
Well, according to a report recently published by South Korean website Yonhap News Agency, it appears that Samsung may be planning to launch (or more accurately, re-launch) the Galaxy Note 7 about a week from now, or at least a special version of the device. As reported by Yonhap, the upcoming device will be called the Galaxy Note 7 FE (with the FE short for “Fandom Edition”), and it will only be released in the South Korean mobile market (at least for now) for a price of around $616.
The Yonhap News Agency report also mentioned that the Galaxy Note 7 FE will likely be equipped with different components as compared to last year’s original. Perhaps the most notable difference is the use of a lower capacity battery. The main overheating issue of the regular version was traced to its battery, and Samsung’s fans may be delighted (or relieved) to know that the lower capacity battery of the Fandom edition should help keep the device from getting into incendiary shenanigans.
Also, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Galaxy Note 7 FE will be more of a refurbished regular Galaxy Note 7 fitted with some enhanced parts. The WSJ further pointed out that Samsung is gearing to produce up to 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note 7 FE in order to supply the three major wireless carriers in South Korea. If the device becomes a hit, then there is a real possibility that the Fandom Edition will be released in markets outside Samsung’s homeland, maybe even in the United States.
If the reports turn out to be true, the release of the Galaxy Note 7 FE will come about two or three months before the speculated launch date of its successor, the Galaxy Note 8. Around a week ago, there were rumors that surfaced suggesting that the Galaxy Note 8 will make its debut in September later this year, with a rather high $900 pricing. Remember that Samsung’s fierce rival Apple is also expected to unveil its upcoming iPhone 8 later this year, which means that the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 should put Samsung in a good position to compete against Apple’s newest.
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