Yesterday saw reports emerge that Samsung was planning on banging a new battery in its controversial Galaxy Note 7 handsets and shifting them off to India or Vietnam. Today however the company itself has debunked this rumour.
In a statement made to Mashable India, a Samsung India spokesperson said: "The report on Samsung planning to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in India is incorrect." The initial report from Korean news outlet Hankyung said that the firm had slightly redesigned the smartphone to get around the issues that caused its volatility.
This still raises the question that we thought this was a solution to: waste.
Currently, Samsung is sitting on about 2.5 million of these dud phones with around 20,000 having been used for testing. It was reported that selling the refurbished phones would have been a way of stopping any controversy the company would have surrounding the junking and disposal of them.
Earlier this week, it emerged that Samsung’s US reputation had plummeted off the back of not just the Galaxy Note 7 controversy, but also the arrest of Samsung Group head honcho Lee Jae-young. In 2015, Harris Poll ranked Samsung as having the third best reputation in the country. A year later, the firm dropped down to seventh place, and now in 2017 it finds itself at number 49.
As for the company’s mobile devices, its highly anticipated forthcoming Galaxy S8 was yesterday leaked, showing a device with no buttons on its front along with a bevy of other features. It is expected that the company will officially reveal its new flagship phone at an event on March 29th.