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Samsung is actually serious about selling the Galaxy Note 7 again

Published Jul 10th, 2017 6:42PM EDT
Galaxy Note 7 FE Release Date
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Late last week, Samsung started selling the Galaxy Note 7 in its home market (again). But this time it’s called Galaxy Note FE. That’s a lot later than fans would have wanted, which means you’d be better off waiting for the Note 8 to arrive than buying the Note FE. If you absolutely need to get this particular Note model, then you might be in luck, as Samsung plans to launch it in additional markets soon.

Samsung told The Investor that it doesn’t plan to sell more than 400,000 units in Korea, a number that was mentioned in previous Note FE reports.

However, the safe Galaxy Note 7 version might launch in other international markets later this month, although it’s not clear what these markets are.

Apparently, the phone is a success in Korea. Even if it sports a 2016 design and hardware, the Galaxy Note FE is popular with consumers. Local carriers have not disclosed sales numbers, but the number of mobile subscribers surged to 24,000 per day since Friday, up from the average of 15,000 in recent weeks.

Priced at around $608, the Galaxy Note FE has a slightly faster processor and a smaller 3,200 mAh battery. On the software side, the Galaxy Note FE is the first Note model to ship with Samsung’s Bixby assistant that first launched with the Galaxy S8 a few months ago.

The Galaxy Note 8, meanwhile, is supposed to be unveiled in late August and hit stores at some point in September.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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