Galaxy Note 7

Samsung moving towards the conclusion of its Galaxy Note 7 recall — at least in its home market of South Korea. According to Reuters, the company will restart sales of the phone on October 1, by which time it expects 80 percent of old, potentially hazardous Note 7s to have been returned.

In the run up to the new start date, Samsung has reportedly resumed Note 7 TV commercials in Korea, and to sweeten the deal it's throwing in 50% off any repairs to the phone — including screen replacements — for customers buying a Note 7 in the month of October.

LG could take advantage of Samsung's predicament with the timing of its V20 launch.

Elsewhere, the Galaxy Note 7 is set to go on sale again from October 28 in Europe, assuming the local Note 7 exchange program has successfully wrapped up by that point. In the U.S., the official recall program continues, with an October 21 date for new sales being rumored.

The timing of the Note 7's Korean relaunch puts it up against LG's V20, which hits the country's three major carriers this week. Samsung's local rival will be looking to take advantage of the Note 7's ongoing publicity problem with its own high-specced, big-screened handset. Although no U.S. launch date has been confirmed for the V20 yet, it's widely rumored to go on sale the same day new American Note 7 sales begin.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7