Note 7 To Be Launched As ‘Fan Edition’
Last week we tipped that the relaunch of the battery safe Samsung Note 7 could see the device become a collector’s item, now a poster has appeared indicating that the device could be branded “Fan Edition”.
The new phone will be refurbished, and is supposedly set to arrive on July 7 this year.
It’s also been heavily reported that the new version of the phone would be dubbed Galaxy Note 7 FE, with the latter two letters standing for ‘Fan Edition’. This seems to be supported by a newly leaked storefront poster that was published on China’s Weibo social media platform.
At this stage, we believe that the device will not be launched in Australia however I suspect that Australians will be able to buy the Note 7 Fen Edition online via a Samsung store.
The new device is identical – apart from battery fixes – to the original handset.
That means it will feature the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD display, the same Exynos 8890 system-on-a-chip, the same 4GB of RAM, and the same 64GB of storage. We’re also expecting to see the impressive 12-megapixel f/1.7 camera making a return.
We gave the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 a well-deserved 5/5 score when it launched last year, praising the handset’s camera, brilliant screen, and excellent battery life.
Despite the handset’s widespread critical acclaim, the phone was recalled twice within two months of launching, after it emerged that some users’ devices were catching fire.
Samsung eventually stopped manufacturing the phone and killed sales globally, eventually citing a number of battery design flaws as the reason for the fires. However, with such a large number of Galaxy Note 7 units stockpiled at Samsung warehouses, it made sense to re-release a refurbished version of the device.