Samsung Electronics may be on the verge of announcing an releasing a new flagship in the form of the Galaxy S8, but it’s the infamous Note 7 which is garnering all of the attention at the moment.
As the South Korean company gears up for a Galaxy S8 launch it has also officially lifted the lid on its plans to recycle Note 7 devices, a process which will be made up of three main initiatives, designed to make the most out of a bad situation.
First of all, Samsung will be looking to do what it can to save salvageable components from Note 7 devices which are beyond repair and which simply cannot be used again as an actual smartphone. Those components will include things like the internal camera module and semiconductors which can be recycled into other devices or other areas of the business.
After all, it was the lithium-ion battery causing the problem. Samsung will also be working closely with eco-friendly third-party companies in order to extract metal parts from the devices in order to be recycled and re-used in the correct manner.
Finally, in a move which would instantly seem to be a u-turn on an earlier statement, Samsung will be looking to refurbish and sell devices “where applicable.” According to an official updated statement on the matter, the company says the “the objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact.” What’s particularly interesting is that Samsung has also alluded to the potential for the device to be entirely renamed if it does go out for sale as a refurbished handset:
The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.
The decision to try and save any salvageable components from the Note 7 units, as well as push out refurbished devices into the market, makes perfect sense from an environmental and commercial perspective. With an estimated 4.3 million Note 7 units recalled it represents a huge financial loss for the company, as well as bringing a nightmare to the company’s door as it looks to show the public that it is committed to being an environmentally friendly company with a responsible world attitude.
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