Samsung has officially resurrected its explosive phablet in the form of the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, which will sell with Bixby and the Galaxy S8’s UI in tow.
Rumours have long suggested that Samsung’s stellar phablet that went prematurely supernova would one day return, and now the South Korean company has confirmed that the device will return under the moniker of the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition in South Korea.
The device will largely be constituted by recycled Note 7 parts, save for the two battery units that send the original device and its latter replacement model soaring into explosive temperatures. The handset, which is expected to carry the same 5.7″ AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage, will have a slightly smaller 3,200mAh battery in tow to prevent further meltdowns.
Interestingly, rumours have alleged that the Note 7 Fan Edition will carry some novel introductions – namely, Bixby will make its debut on the handset (though it is imagined that no dedicated button will be present) and that the device will support the Galaxy S8’s premiere software skin – Samsung Experience – instead of the iteration of TouchWiz that shipped with the original Note 7.
It remains somewhat uncertain if we’ll ever see the Note 7 Fan Edition on local shores; Samsung has confirmed that it will ship some 400,000 units in South Korea, and that international availability is ‘being considered’. The device is expected to retail for the pricey sum of some $611 USD when converted from ?700,000 KRW, which in itself may leave some consumers – beyond the titular ‘fan’ market – sceptical.
What are your thoughts? Would you be tempted to pick up a Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, or has your interest tilted to other smartphones, such as the forthcoming Note 8? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!