Samsung was supposed to release its much-awaited next-generation device, Galaxy Note 7, in India on September 2, but had to push to later date after complaints of its battery explosion forced the company to opt for a global recall. Now, the big question is whether the handset will do well in India.
The South Korean giant is now reportedly planning to relaunch Galaxy Note 7 in India on October 7. Reports have it that the handsets will newly-manufactured units and not with battery replacement.
It is reported that Samsung will market the device aggressively through all mediums -- television, print and digital media in India to ensure that it sells well in the country. Most customers of Galaxy Note 7 with faulty battery are said to have opted for replacement instead of a refund, but harm has already been done.
Gadget lovers, who were once waiting for the release of Galaxy Note 7, could change their minds after reports of explosion caused by its battery. So, it is to be seen if Indian consumers will buy the new device or give it a miss.
Indians, who pre-ordered Galaxy Note 7, were informed via sms that shipments of the handset would be delayed. For countries where the device was already released, the company gave customers the option for a replacement or a full refund.
Galaxy Note 7 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery made by Samsung SDI, and sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1,440x2,560 pixels (518 ppi pixel density).
Under the hood, it has an Exynos 8890 processor, an Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system, a 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB via microSD card, a 4GB RAM, a 12MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture, 26mm lens, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.5" sensor size and 1.4 µm pixel size and a 5MP front snapper with f/1.7 aperture and 22mm lens.