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The return of the Galaxy Note 7?Samsung could be staging a comeback for its explosive phablet, with a redesigned battery and frame.
Looks like the Note 7 could be coming back from the dead. A recent report out of South Korea cited Indian investors suggest Samsung may soon be launching a repurposed version of the explosive phone. Samsung was forced to stop production of the Note 7 last year and recall several million units of the flagship phablet after reports of multiple units catching on fire. An investigative report later revealed that faulty batteries were to blame in the fiasco. According to the report, the modified version of the Note 7 would have a smaller battery of 3,200 mAh compared to the original 3,500 mAh along with a smaller body. Smaller battery, smaller frame, smaller flame? Although it may not seem like the best move for the company, selling refurbished units could actually help cushion the $5 billion loss and help get rid of the excess inventory. The company is planning to launch the device as early as June according to the report. And no word yet on pricing or what markets would receive Receive the phone. And since none of this information has been confirmed by Samsung, consumers mourning the Note 7 may be just better off waiting for the sure thing. Samsung is set to release the flagship S8 and S8 Plus later in March.