Galaxy Note FE sees strong sales in Korea, could launch globally this month
The Note FE is reportedly flying off the shelves in South Korea.
Roughly 400,000 Galaxy Note FE units were made available in South
Korea, and, according to local retailers, customers flocked to buy the
refurbished device. The Note FE is believed to have increased daily
device activations by 60 percent since it launched last week.
The Black Onyx and Blue Coral versions of the refurbished Note 7
are particularly popular, having sold out in some stores. At ~$610, the
phone is roughly 20 percent cheaper than the Note 7’s launch price. That
said, it’s definitely more expensive than other year-old phones, as my colleague Rob pointed out here.
Samsung is marketing the FE as a “limited edition,” a chance for
Note fans to own a piece of mobile industry history. A company official
told The Investor that the current stock will not be renewed
once it sells out in South Korea. The fact that Samsung is creating
artificial scarcity for a phone that caused it so many problems is
deeply ironic, if not inexcusable.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note FE could launch globally by the end of this month, according to an “insider” interviewed by The Investor.
Samsung did not specify which countries will be getting the FE, but
it’s likely that the international release will be limited to a smaller
number of markets.
Analysts estimated that Samsung manufactured around 2.5 million
Galaxy Note 7 units before a string of highly-publicized incidents
forced it to recall the device. Not all Note 7’s will be refurbished.
Some will be torn down to pieces and recycled or used for testing
purposes. The decision to launch the Note FE earned Samsung the praise
of Greenpeace and other environmentalist groups, though the company was
probably more interested in recouping a part of the billions in losses
it suffered due to the recall.
Will you buy a Note FE if it launches in your country?