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Samsung to launch 'Fan Edition' of failed Note 7

New phone gets a ‘safety-enhanced’ battery that should 'calm the fans' of the original handset

Samsung is gearing up to launch a new smartphone that uses parts from its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled last year after a series of battery fires.

Called the "Note Fan Edition", the company says the new mobile will utilise parts from the 2.5 million recalled Note 7 handsets to minimise the environmental impact of the faulty units.

While the handset will share much of its design with the old phone, the South Korean tech giant says it gets a new battery that has been "enhanced with multiple safety designs and a rigorous eight-point battery safety test".

This is expected "to calm the fans that the Fan Edition is aimed at", says Alphr, referring to the fault in the design of the original Note 7's battery that resulted in multiple device fires and the recall of every unit sold.

The Fan Edition is expected to recover some of the £2.5bn lost as a result of the fiasco, adds the website.

It is also believed to be a response to environmentalists who called for Samsung to handle its defective Note 7s using methods that would "reduce the amount of so-called e-waste", reports the BBC

Meanwhile, Engadget says that only 400,000 examples of the Fan Edition will be available to buyers in South Korea on Friday, but there's no word on whether Samsung plans to sell the phone internationally.

However, it says an all-new version of the company's range-topping smartphone could be "weeks away", which is expected to be a larger version of Samsung's iPhone-rivalling Galaxy S8.

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