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Will you buy the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note7 for 20k?

Last updated on: April 13, 2017 15:02 IST

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There are reports that Samsung is resurrecting the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from its fiery grave!

According to some reports, after the Note 7's battery fiasco, Samsung plans to launch a refurbished Note 7 with, hopefully, a new and safer battery.

We hope the refurbished Note 7 goes through Samsung's new eight-point battery safety check they run their flagship phones through.

It was a huge setback for the South Korean electronics manufacturer as their best ever Note series flagship went on a combustion spree after its release in September 2016.

Soon thereafter, Samsung withdrew the Note 7 from the shelves, incurring great losses.

But, now that the company plans to sell the refurbished Note 7, the question is: will you buy the jinxed Note 7?

Here's a little primer on what the phone offers.

The Galaxy Note 7 was the first phone ever to have the iris scanner. Barring the battery, the Note 7 still has the best phablet specs, which are better than the Galaxy S7 edge and little below par to the latest flagship Galaxy S8/S8+.

The newly launched flagship, Galaxy S8/S8+, have very few specs that are better than the Note 7 when it comes to the processor, front camera, pixel density, etc. And not to forget the S-Pen (stylus) that comes bundled with the Note 7.

The Note 7 comes with a 5.7" super AMOLED display and 518ppi resolution.

It's protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the latest you will find on Galaxy S8/S8+.

The Note 7 was powered by Exynos 8890 SOC/Snapdragon 820 (System on Chip), 12-megapixel camera with f/1.7 dual pixel sensor, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, a card slot to expand the memory up to 256GB and with the latest c-type connector.

The Galaxy S8/8+ feature these very same specs, except that these flagships sport the Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 SOC.

Even design-wise, the Note 7 has a curved, bezel-less edges making it almost look like the S8/S8+.

The Note 7 comes with a physical button which acts as finger print scanner. Above all it is IP68-certified making it dust- and water-resistant.

Usually refurbished devices cost Rs 10,000 less than their brand new counterparts.

As Note 7 was launched last year and new technology (the S8/S8+ has what Samsung calls the 'Infinity Display', doesn't have any physical button in the front and the latest processor) has evolved since then, we would expect the refurbished Note 7 to cost Rs 20,000 lesser than its launch price of Rs 60,000.

But then the buyer is the best judge, and if the phablet's price falls between Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 of its launch price then would you be compelled to buy the refurbished Note 7?

For me, though, the decision is made: we will go for it even if it costs between Rs 30k-40k, a price to kill for, for the Note 7's specs; anything above Rs 40k would be a sure negative for buying a refurbished phone with the history of Note 7's battery fiasco.

So, now, we leave it to you, buyers, the best judges. Take the poll below and tell us the price at which you would go for the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

Ashish Narsale / Rediff.com