Samsung may sell refurbished Galaxy S8 in 2017

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are aging, and the Galaxy Note 7 was announced on August 2nd. At this point, Samsung (as well as buyers) should be soaking up the sun and the Korean giant should be enjoying the fruits of its labor — but diehard tech enthusiasts are already looking ahead to the Galaxy S8 and what it’ll bring in 2017. Hey, as much as they talk about the iPhone 8 in 2017 and the 2017 iPhone, Samsung’s “Galaxy” was bound to get some of the craziness at some point! According to a new report, though, Samsung may sell a refurbished Galaxy S8 in 2017, just months after announcing the device.

The report comes to us by way of reliable source Reuters, who says that Samsung is considering the idea of selling a refurbished Galaxy S8 next year after announcing it in February at MWC 2017 (we presume). There are no further details about when Samsung would launch this refurbished Galaxy S8 program, or what month exactly that Samsung would start it, but the goal, according to Reuters, is profitability:

The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent.

Samsung will make this possible by taking advantage of annual upgrade programs such as its Galaxy Upgrade Program in Korea and annual upgrade programs designed by carriers in the US. Samsung would presumably offer the refurbished Galaxy S8 program out in China, where it is being beaten left and right in the market by Chinese OEMs who offer similar or superior specs for prices that are half of those of Samsung’s current Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, and Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

Samsung has said before that it wants to make decisions this year for the sake of profitability, making money, and that seems to be the reason in mind here for this refurbished program. Even if the refurbished Galaxy S8 program takes off because of the Korean giant’s desire for higher income earnings, the results will be beneficial for both Samsung and consumers. A method that makes everyone a winner in the process doesn’t seem bad at all, does it?


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