This article first appeared on Business Standard on July 3, 2017
Samsung has launched the fan edition of Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea dubbed as ‘Samsung Note 7FE’. The upgraded ‘Note-series’ smartphone is launched with a smaller battery and lower price tag compared to the original Galaxy Note 7 that was launched internationally last year and was taken off shelves soon over the reports of device exploding or catching fire. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7FE feature almost all the ingredients of original Note 7 sans bigger battery that is now replaced with lower capacity battery to ensure safety. The new Galaxy Note 7FE is powered by 3,200 mAh battery as opposed to 3,500 mAh in Note 7. In terms of specifications, the smartphone is powered by Exynos 8890 octa-core processor coupled with 64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card, and 4 GB RAM. The device sports 5.7-inch quad-HD screen on 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.
The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches and accidental falls.In terms of camera, the smartphone houses 12-megapixel (MP) dual-pixel camera with f/1.7 aperture at the rear and 5 MP selfie camera with f/1.7 aperture. The device features upgraded user interface and an operating system similar to the one in Samsung Galaxy S8 series. Also, Samsung’s artificial intelligence based personal assistant ‘Bixby’ has been added to Note 7FE. The original Galaxy Note 7 was one most advanced flagship of its time, marred by the safety issues. The failure of Galaxy Note 7 put a huge dent in Samsung's brand value and brought down the overall revenue of the company by millions. The company confirmed that the Galaxy Note 7FE would be available in limited numbers only and there is no plan, as of now, to launch the smartphone in other markets.