Following its highly publicized decision to recall its newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now looking into reaching out to budget-conscious customers who prefer the flagship devices of yesteryears without the hefty price tags they came out with upon release.
The Samsung Certified Pre-Owned store is now live and it boasts of a huge selection of handsets from the vast Galaxy line along with the only non-smartphone offering, the VR9000 POWERbot Cleaning Robot Vacuum.
Unfortunately, it appears that Samsung is only selling devices from the years prior this year as the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are nowhere to be found on the budget-friendly store, as per Android Authority.
What the store does have are different variants of the successful Galaxy S6 Edge as the top-specced handsets of the pack. Other relatively new devices available at the online store include the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tabs, among others.
What’s good about the pre-owned handsets Samsung is selling at its new online store is, buyers will not have to worry about the quality of the phones or if they are still in good shape. The South Korea giant promises that every pre-owned handset available at the store are rebuilt by Samsung engineers, refreshed to include new headphones and charger and covered with the same one-year warranty just like a new device.
The launch of Samsung’s Certified Pre-Owned devices store comes at a time when the tech company is faced with the tough decision of recalling its successful Galaxy Note 7 from owners and stores to have their battery units replaced.
Per the Wall Street Journal, the main reason behind the South Korean tech giant’s abrupt decision to recall the devices was the appearance of 35 cases of battery-related problems, including incidents wherein batteries exploded or caught fire while the handsets were charging.
Samsung has already halted the sale of the device in the U.S. and everywhere else just a day after announcing that the shipments of the new batch of Galaxy Note 7 handsets has intentionally been delayed for quality testing.
The Galaxy Note 7 global recall comes less than a week before Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, is holding its Sept. 7 media event where it is expected to launch its new flagships, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, alongside other devices like the Apple Watch 2.