Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 to make a comeback as a refurbished device
After a mass Galaxy Note7 recall, Samsung aims to make its processes more eco-friendly
Last year Samsung halted sales and productions of the Galaxy Note7 due to safety concerns, however it has not announced the smartphone could be back this year.
In statement, Samsung revealed the process will be carried out in three parts: devices will be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones, salvageable components shall be detached for reuse, and processes such as metal extraction will be performed using environmentally friendly methods.
The South Korean electronics giant will work with local authorities and carriers to sell the refurbished Galaxy Note7s.
Samsung's statement also stressed its eco-friendly move, stating: "Finally, for left over component recycling, Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilising eco-friendly companies specialising in such processes.
"As part of our ongoing commitment to recycling, Samsung also plans to join the EU's R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods."
Greenpeace welcomes Samsung's environmentally friendly move, after it requested know what the company intended to do with the mass 4.3 million recall of devices.
Jude Lee of Greenpeace East Asia, said: "People around the world signed petitions, emailed Samsung's CEO, demonstrated in cities around the world, and finally Samsung has listened. This is major win for everyone that took action, and a step towards shifting the way we produce and dispose of electronics."