Remember the exploding Note 7 last year? It has come back minus the exploding part.

As we pointed out in earlier posts that Samsung would introduce the refurbished version of Note 7 in certain markets; it has now become reality. The company has started the sale of refurbished Note 7 as the new Galaxy Note Fan Edition in the home market, South Korea.

The Galaxy Note Fan Edition has been refurbished with ‘unopened and unused’ components designed for the Galaxy Note7. The Note FE is pretty much the same as the normal Note 7, except for the smaller 3200 mAh battery (vs 3500).

If you remember the issues with the handsets’ original batteries were the root cause of the dozens of incidents in which the devices caught fire and even exploded, before Samsung’s final recall. Unlike the Galaxy Note 7, the Note 7 FE will be allowed to on flights.

Features

The Galaxy Note Fan Edition features a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 8890 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, a microSD card slot and a reduced battery capacity of 3200 mAh.

The phone also features an S Pen and limited Bixby functionality. It doesn’t feature the AI-powered digital assistant’s voice recognition, but consumers can use Bixby Home and Bixby Reminder.

The phone also features a 12-megapixel primary camera with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus and 4K video recording. There’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, an iris scanner, and a fingerprint reader.

It runs Android 7.0 out of the box and the same software upgrades that made their way on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The connectivity options include LTE, GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone will be available in four colours: Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium. Users are also provided a matching case with each phone.

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Price and Availability

The Galaxy Note Fan Edition is priced at KRW 699,600 (close to $610), which is KRW 300,000 (close to $260) cheaper than the original Galaxy Note 7 at the time of its launch.

The pricing seems a little off the mark considering that Samsung is trying to sell an year old flagship for the price of a new one. Who knows, maybe the fans still love the phone despite all its infamy and high price.

The company has plans to sell 400,000 units of the Galaxy Note Fan Edition through three cellular carriers in the South Korea. However, they will ‘decide later on’ whether to offer the device in other markets or not.

If you want to purchase the Note FE outside South Korea, you have an option of eBay.

The plenty of people that have already gotten their hands on the FE are eager to sell them to folks that are willing to pay for the price of admission.

Specifications

OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Touchwiz
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE (Cat.9)
CPU 64-bit 2.3 Ghz quad-core Exynos M1 + 2.3 Ghz quad-core Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 530/Mali-T880 MP12
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/Exynos 8890
Display 5.7-inch curved 2.5D Super AMOLED with QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution
Design
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Always-on Mode
  • IP68-certified for water and dust-resistance
  • Iris and fingerprint scanning
RAM 4 GB LPDDR4
Internal Storage 64 GB UFS 2.0
Card Slot yes, by up to 256 GB
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi ac, Type-C, NFC
Colours Silver, Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, Blue Coral
Primary Camera 12 MP dual-pixel with LED, OIS, phase-detection AF, f/17 4K video at 30fps, slo-mo HD at 240 fps, HDR
Secondary Camera 5 MP, f/1.7, HDR
Battery 3200 mAh, non-removable, fast-charging
Price KRW 699,600 (~$610) (~PKR 64,500)