Samsung Plans To Recycle Parts From Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Following the recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices a year ago owing to exploding batteries, Samsung on Tuesday announced that it is planning to recycle those handsets, expecting a recovery of almost 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold. Rare metals, including cobalt, copper, and gold, will be recovered during the recycling process.

Unfortunately for Samsung, it won't be able to recover the $5.3bn in profits it lost at the hands of its Note 7 recall. Environmentalists fault smartphones for increasing the amount of tech waste, though some experts note that by replacing other appliances they may actually decrease the amount of high-tech-related rubbish overall.

Samsung hasn't yet said whether the smartphone, made up of recycled Galaxy Note 7 parts, will launch elsewhere, noting that "overseas sales will be decided later".

Samsung has been sitting an a massive pile of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones since the battery issues that plagued it a year ago. Apart from the metal, the recalled Note 7 units will also donate AMOLED display modules (one of the most desired components by smartphone manufacturers these days), memory chips and its brilliant camera module for use in other devices.

"Samsung Electronics will continue to expand its eco-friendly method of collecting and processing old products as well as new products, and plan to actively lead the industry in terms of environmental protection and resource recycling", it said in a statement.

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