From what Slashdot is reporting we are unlikely to see refurbished Note 7s in North America but they will be appearing in markets on the far side of the Pacific. The battery was determined to be the cause of the rather spectacular failure of Samsung's latest tablet and so they will be installing a battery with a smaller capacity in the refurbished models. One hopes it is physically smaller or more carfeully manufactured, as it was the expansion and puncturing of the battery which caused them to burst into flames. It is understandable that Samsung would like to recoup some losses, this seems like a very risky move to undertake.
"Samsung is said to be swapping the Note 7's 3,500 mAh batteries with a "3,000 to 3,200 mAh" batteries, according to The Korean Economic Daily's sources, predominately for sale in emerging markets such as India and Vietnam."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD's eight-core, 16-thread chips lead the Ryzen charge @ The Tech Report
- Microsoft releases critical Flash patches but leaves zero-day flaws wide open @ The Inquirer
- Remix OS Singularity looks to fight Windows 10 Continuum at its own game @ The Register
- oogle's new mixed reality tech makes VR headsets invisible(ish) @ The Register
- Google rents out Nvidia Tesla GPUs in its cloud. If you ask nicely, that'll be 70 cents an hour, bud @ The Register
- Big Blue's big blunder: IBM accidentally hands over root access to its data science servers @ The Register
- Xiaomi likely to unveil in-house developed CPUs on February 28 @ DigiTimes