Samsung Could Delay Galaxy Note FE's Launch To End July

15 June 2017, 9:44 am EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
Previous reports suggested that Samsung would launch the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, named Galaxy Note FE, in South Korea on July 7. However, a media outlet indicated that Samsung delayed the launch to July 30.  ( George Frey | Getty Images )

Samsung's image was severely tarnished in 2016 after the Galaxy Note 7's release and the subsequent recall because of battery explosion and overheating issues.

While the handset was permanently removed from the market, reports soon emerged that Samsung was planning on selling the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in select markets, starting with South Korea.

Initial reports suggested that the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, dubbed Galaxy Note FE or Fan Edition, would be unveiled in its home country on June 30. However, a few days ago, a source revealed that the launch was pushed back to July 7. It appears that the Galaxy Note FE's launch is further delayed and the handset may launch by end July.

Galaxy Note FE Launch Delayed?

According to a report from News1 Korea, the Galaxy Note FE's launch date is pushed back to July 30 from July 7. The report suggests two possible reasons behind this move — supply shortage being one.

The company has apparently underestimated the demand for the refurbished handset. A source revealed that Samsung produced 300,000 units of the Galaxy Note FE for its domestic market, but after surveying the demand, it estimates that an additional 150,000 units need to be produced to satisfy the market.

"An official from the industry said, "It is difficult for Samsung Electronics to meet the deadline for production (from 300,000 to 450,000 units) and it will be difficult to release it on the 7th (translated)," News1 Korea revealed.

The second factor which has resulted in the Galaxy Note FE's launch getting delayed is the stellar performance of the Samsung' Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 in the South Korean market. The company fears that introducing the Galaxy Note FE would impact Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sales, especially since the refurbished handset would be cheaper than the flagships.

Galaxy Note FE: Expected Features and Specs

The Galaxy Note FE is the refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7 and will likely sport the same overall specs. However, Samsung will obviously change the battery, which was the original smartphone's Achilles heel. The Galaxy Note FE is expected to sport a 3,200 mAh battery compared to the original's 3,500 mAh one.

Apart from the battery, the handset will also include Bixby functionalities, which were first introduced in the Galaxy S8 series.

The Galaxy Note FE's pricing is not known and will become clearer as the launch nears. A leak from South Korean retailer Danawa put the smartphone's price at 699,600 KRW, which is roughly $623.

Samsung has made it clear that it would not sell the Galaxy Note FE in all markets. This means that the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 may or may not make its way to the United States.

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