Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 photos leaked
Samsung to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 handset Getty Images/Jung Yeon-JE

Samsung's refurbished Galaxy Note 7 model may come with a battery that stores less power than the original, suggest freshly leaked photos.

The company recalled and stopped production of the phone last year after its battery overheated and caught fire in several instances.

Vietnamese website SamsungVN posted the photos of the refurbished unit, which were spotted by Sammobile. The leak shows the refurbished device with model number SM-N935; the original device was SM-N930.

Nougat, the latest from the Android stable, is the listed operating system. The leaked image lists a 3,200 mAh battery as against the original Note 7 which shipped with a 3,500mAh battery.

It is still not clear if the device shown in the leaked images will go on sale but if it does, the lower battery capacity would be a concern for those planning to buy the refurbished devices.

Following a series of rumours, last month Samsung had revealed its plans for recycling the phone and said it would sell the refurbished Note 7.

But Samsung has still not offered a release date or the details of the markets where the handset would be sold, but the company told the Verge it had no plans to sell the refurbished phone in the US. It said the objective to sell a refurbished model was to minimise environmental impact, and hinted that the phone might be renamed when it launches.

"The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available," the company had said.

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7 photos leaked
A leaked photo of refurbished Galaxy Note 7 SamsungVN