After avoiding questions and then giving in, Samsung Electronics has finally re-launched its rather controversial and upgraded Samsung Note 7 smartphone as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition. The handset is priced at 699,600 Won (approximately Rs 39,550) and will be available in Black Onyx, Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition arrives with just two major changes and as many would expect, the first one is to do with the battery. Samsung has replaced the problematic battery that exploded in some smartphones with a brand new one, that's not just safe, but is also arrives with a smaller capacity.
The new battery is a 3,200 mAh unit compared to the original Note 7 that arrived with a 3,500 mAh battery.
As one would expect, the new battery goes through Samsung's rigorous 8-point safety test.
The second major change is the software. Samsung seems to have given the old Note a software upgrade with fresh new software that comes from the recently launched Galaxy S8 flagship.
Everything from the new iconography down to Bixby, is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition as well. Indeed, this also makes the Note 7 Fan Edition, the second smartphone from Samsung's lineup to offer the new digital assistant. The software has been launched in Korea and is available for preview in the US, Samsung has yet to take it global on all of its Galaxy S8 and S8+ models.
The rest of the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition is identical to the original model. This would include the Exynos 8890 chipset with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. There's a 12 MP camera sensor at the rear and a 5 MP unit on the front for selfies. The handset is IP 68 and fully supports Samsung Pay (where available).
Samsung has plans to sell 4,00,000 units of its Fan Edition in its home market. While Samsung has plans to sell the Fan Edition elsewhere, the phablet will not arrive in India and the US markets.