Samsung to reimburse Note 7 owners with Note 8

The saying that every cloud has a dark cloud has a silver lining aptly describes how those who bought the Galaxy Note 7 will feel when they trade the phones which exploded with the upgraded Galaxy Note 8.
Answering one of the lingering questions that customers who bought the Note 7 who asked if the phone was going to be replaced or not, Samsung is holding an upgrade program that lets Galaxy Note 7 owners trade in their devices to get either a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 at a discounted price, essentially confirming the arrival of the next generation in the Note series.

However the deal is limited to customers in South Korea, and it’s still unclear whether or not it will be launched in the United States or other markets across the globe. The company says the rollout hinges on the situation that a country is in, but it did not explain the details.

According to Reuters, consumers who participate in the program will have to fork over only 50 percent of the cost of the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge when turning in their recalled Galaxy Note 7.
When the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 becomes available, they will then be eligible to exchange the device they got for either one of the new flagships.

Interestingly enough, this could be considered as Samsung’s plan to encourage Galaxy Note 7 customers to surrender their phablet, as many have been reported to still hold on to it despite the massive recall and risk of explosion.
As for the expected release dates of the company’s new phones, the Galaxy S8 is said to launch in February or March, while the Galaxy Note 8 is believed to be released in August or September next year.
Samsung says (translated) the offer will last only until Nov. 30, and it will announce the specifics after it’s done consulting with various carriers.
In the United States, the company is compensating Galaxy Note 7 owners with a $100 bill credit if they purchase another one of its smartphones and $25 for those who choose to get a handset from a different brand.

The features and specs of the upcoming flagships aren’t clear yet, and that means users don’t have much to go by in deciding whether or not upgrading to them and paying for them before they even go official is worth it.
However, rumors say that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a speaker in the S Pen and that the Galaxy S8 will have a 4K curved Super AMOLED display. More than that, Samsung is allegedly tapping LG to produce batteries for the Galaxy S8, which could also be placed under the Galaxy Note 8’s hood.

In ZImbabwe, the national airliner AirZim had announced that it was banning the Note 7 following the reports of the phone exploding.

This article originally appeared on Techtimes.

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