Samsung will refurbish and try to sell the combustible Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were recalled in a massive debacle last year.
Samsung has recalled over 3 million phones worldwide since last October and now has to do something with the huge pile of hardware.
The tech giant in a statement Tuesday said consultations with regulatory authorities and mobile carriers will be needed before it can do that, and markets will be chosen according to local demand.
"The refurbished phones will be available in Korea, but the battery capacity will be greatly reduced," a Samsung spokesman said. Investigators fingered the rechargeable batteries as the culprit in the explosions.
Industry watchers say Samsung will target emerging markets, like India, Indonesia and Vietnam. "The refurbished Note 7, which has some premium features at a relatively low price, could become competitive in markets where low-end models are popular," an industry expert said.
If phones are irreparably damaged, Samsung will cannibalize them for reusable parts and recyclable metals.
Greenpeace welcomed the move, saying it hopes Samsung will carry out its plan in a verifiable manner. The environmental organization has been waging a campaign for recycling of Note 7s since last year.