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Samsung denies it ships new phones with recycled AMOLED displays


Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has issued a statement to deny reports it uses recycled AMOLED panels for the production of brand new devices.

Purported evidence emerging from the company’s South Korean homeland claimed to show refurbished display panels being fitted to the new Galaxy Note 4 (see video below) and other new handsets.

A series of removed message board posts, an Evernote document and a Twitter account was also held up as evidence of the firm’s wrongdoing.

Reports suggested Samsung’s manufacturing arm may have been blowing the whistle on the practice, which the company his vehemently denied.

The firm says recycled panels have been used for warranty repairs, but never for new smartphones.

The (translated) statement reads: “There is a rumor that we have used recycled AMOLED display panels in our smartphones, but it is not true at all.

“Recycled AMOLED display panels have not been used at all in product manufacturing processes, while some of the panels have been employed for paid warranty services.”

Given the firm prides itself on its display technology and mocks rivals for living up to the same standards, we’d be surprised if there was any chicanery.

We'd be inclined to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt on this one, but it seems someone definitely has an axe to grind over something.

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Via: Phone Arena


December 6, 2014, 12:52 pm

I couldn't care less if they do, in fact it's a much more responsible practice and should be encouraged. If the screens have passed all the tests and are in mint condition, then fine.


December 6, 2014, 1:52 pm

The iFappers over on BeeGeeArr are in such a flap over this, like Christmas has come early. I find it hard to believe that, if indeed so-called "recycled" examples of a brand new display are in use in new devices, there are enough examples of such displays to make any difference whatsoever. Sounds overblown.


December 8, 2014, 12:24 pm

I'm not sure why this is a bad thing. It has greater commercial benefit to Samsung, whilst being more environmentally friendly. I think it's a policy that they need move forward with.

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March 1, 2016, 9:11 am

If that doesn't work, check to see if your city allows residents to drop off their old electronics through a safe disposal service. Some cities offer this free of charge. However, drop-off events might require a long drive to a distant trash-transfer station and may not happen every week. So call your local government's recycling office for details or check their website.

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