Both refurb and original Galaxy Note 7 score Wi-Fi certification running Android 7.0; wait, what?

While the regulatory approval of a major organization like the 1999-founded Wi-Fi Alliance doesn’t always mean a product will make it to market, seeking the non-profit’s certification in the first place entails a company at least considering a commercial release, running tests and so on.

Bottom line, the Android 7.0 Nougat-powered Samsung SM-N930F and SM-N935S validated earlier today could see daylight soon… er or later. But here’s what we don’t understand. That SM-N935S model number reportedly designates a controversially refurbished Galaxy Note 7 which the chaebol refused to initially acknowledge, only to confirm it’s a thing a little while ago, headed for unknown regions.

So far, so good, right? Then again, the SM-N930F code labels the original Note 7 for Europe. Yes, the one that repeatedly blew up in people’s faces (literally), warranting a costly and damaging global double recall. Just an innocent typo or a mix-up of sorts with a wrongly listed date of an older authorization document?

It could be, though a Wi-Fi Alliance goof doesn’t explain why the hazardous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 “successfully completed interoperability testing” running Nougat instead of Marshmallow. And no, updating a defunct phone to a (semi) recent OS version doesn’t make a lick of sense either. Now, we’re not saying a revival of a device deemed unsafe is in the works. But something odd is going on here, and the refurb model’s preparation only scratches the surface.

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).