By Parag Deulgaonkar
South Korean firm will begin selling 400,000 ‘Fan Edition’ version from July 7
Samsung’s refurbished version of the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will not be officially sold in the UAE, according to a top retailer.
The South Korean company on Sunday said it will start selling 400,000 'Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition' from July 7 in its home country for $611 (AED2,242), 30 percent below its original launch price.
The smartphone maker was forced to stop sales of the Note 7 in October 2016, just 2 months after its launch, due to fire-prone batteries from two different suppliers. In the UAE, the Note7 exchange programme started in September running until December 31.
Speaking told Arabian Business, Ashish Panjabi, chief operating officer, Jacky's, said the 'Fan Edition' will not be sold in the UAE.
“From the information that we have received, the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition is not coming to the UAE,” Panjabi said.
“And if it is available in the UAE, it will probably be a parallel import that has come into the country without Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) approval, thus not officially certified for use in the country,” he added.
According to Samsung, the batteries have passed new safety measures implemented following the recall, but have a lower capacity than those of the original phone.
Samsung said it will decide whether to sell the refurbished Note 7s in other markets at a later date.
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