May 17th, 2017

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been referred to the Note 7R since we learned it’d relaunch as a refurbished device. The name was simple, but explaining the “R” might not be the most pleasant task for Samsung, what with the negative connotation that comes with the word “refurbished.”

So, according to ETNews, Samsung is changing that to “Galaxy Note 7 FE,” where “FE” stands for “Fan Edition.” It’s somehow perfect, because only the Galaxy Note 7’s most diehard fans are likely to return to the device despite its shaky history.

Even for non-fans, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 shouldn’t be a troublesome device to use if you just really want the latest slab of metal and glass with an S-Pen inside. Samsung is using a smaller battery in the newbies to ensure they have enough room to breathe, and they do seem to have solved any other issues they have with the Galaxy S8 currently not being an explosive mess.

Really, we’d say the only issue here is how this is an obvious grab at the impatient lot of folks who dread having to stick with the Note 5 for a few more months. If that sounds like you and you have the means to snag a Note 7 FE, we urge you to either consider the Galaxy S8 or just wait for the Galaxy Note 8 to arrive later this year.

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