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Samsung products find their way back following reputational hit

Refurbished Note 7 sold out, smart TVs face consumer claims

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics, which suffered a serious blow to its reputation when defective smartphones had to be withdrawn last year, seems to have found its way back into the market, with the company reporting that it had sold out of its stock of 400,000 revamped Galaxy Note devices in its home country of South Korea, less than two months since they were relaunched in early July.

The technology conglomerate released the Galaxy Note FE with a new battery pack to replace the ones that had caught fire in the Note 7, at 699,600 won ($623), about two-thirds the price of the previous model. Consumers rushed to buy the "unique" handset, which is relatively cheap considering its specifications, according to the telecom companies that sell it.

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