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The Samsung IP68 Water-Resistance Technology Guide!

Ever since Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge smartphone, their flagship S and Note smartphones have all been IP68-certified to be dust- and water-resistant.

Let’s take a look at the engineering behind the Samsung’s IP68 rating, and clarify its limitations, so you can enjoy your Samsung smartphones for many years to come!

 

Samsung IP68 Engineering

The challenge with making smartphones water-resistant isn’t just ensuring that water won’t get inside. Before the Galaxy S7 edge, a number of devices already did that, like Samsung’s own Galaxy S6 Active smartphone or the Kenxinda Flattop ruggerdised smartphones.

What Samsung introduced in their flagship smartphones from the Galaxy S7 edge onwards was IP68 dust- and water-resistance without prior preparation.

Unlike prior water-resistant smartphones, you don’t need to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water. There is no need to cap the earphone and USB ports. It is dust- and water-resistant 24/7.

To achieve this feat, Samsung introduced a number of engineering improvements :

  • An unspecified “new type of water resistance technology” was used to seal the unit internally against the ingress of water,
  • An “exclusive type of water protective tape” was added to the back of the front and rear glass, as well as other internal parts,
  • Rubber linings were used on parts like the USB port, the earphone port, and the SIM card tray to prevent the ingress of water

  • Anti-corrosive materials like nickel and platinum and corrosive-resistant coating were used for all external metal parts and connectors like the earphone and USB ports,
  • The USB port has a short circuit sensor to cut-off power when it detects a short circuit due to water contact
  • Portable electronic vents were used to ensure a good flow of air and outflow of water and humidity

As you can see, a lot of engineering went into ensuring that Samsung smartphones are dust- and water-resistant, while remaining ultra-slim.

Teardowns by iFixit also showed considerable use of adhesive in subsequent models, all the way to the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, to maintain this IP68-rated dust and water-resistance.

 

Is The Samsung S Pen IP68 Rated Too?

The S Pen of IP68-rated Galaxy Note devices are also IP68-rated against dust and water. However, the S Pen requires slightly different techniques to achieve such water-resistance :

  • its printed circuit board (PCB) is covered with a special epoxy material
  • rubber seals are used to seal off vulnerable passageways
  • important components like the pen pressure switch are also covered by rubber seals

This allows the pen tip to move as needed, while preventing the ingress of water that will damage the internal components of the S Pen.

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Samsung IP68 Rating Clarified

All Samsung smartphones that are IP68-rated can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes.

This means you can take it for jogs in the rain, or reading in the bathtub. However, we must point out that IP68 is a rating for water immersion.

IP68-rated devices are NOT designed to withstand water pressure. We therefore do not recommend you take it into the shower or while you swim.

The IP68 certification is based on a specific set of test conditions :

Temperature Range : 15-35 °C
Pressure Range : 86-106 kPa
Maximum Water Depth : 1.5 metre
Maximum Time of Immersion : 30 minutes

If you exceed those conditions, Samsung’s IP68 measures may not prevent the ingress of water.

In fact, if you check your User Guide, you will see that Samsung warns against exposing their IP68 smartphones to “water moving with force“.

This means you should not place them under running water from a tap or a waterfall. Even ocean waves may exert enough force to drive water into their chassis.

 

Summary : IP68 = Water-Resistance, NOT Waterproofing

The takeaway message is this – Samsung IP68 smartphones are water-resistant, not waterproof. You need to be gentle with them when they are exposed to water.

The biggest problem is water pressure, not depth. You can leave it at the bottom of a swimming pool without worry, but the force of water from a tap can exceed the IP68 pressure rating.

Do NOT do this!!! Never pour water on your device, because it exerts pressure!

Let’s consider a real-world scenario – taking photos and videos while snorkelling.

You won’t reach a depth of 1.5 m when you snorkel. But swinging your device underwater could literally force water into the chassis!

That doesn’t mean you cannot use your device underwater. You can, but you must make sure not to exert too much force. Take it in and out of the water gently, and if you have to move, do so gently.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Up Close – What An Incredible Bargain!

Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, and those who prefer a front fingerprint sensor, rejoice! The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition, Galaxy Note FE is here, and it’s an incredible bargain. We will share with you our hands-on look at the Galaxy Note FE, and share with you its key features, specifications and price.

Updated @ 2018-01-05 : Added details of the new Samsung Galaxy Note FE price cut.

Originally posted @ 2017-12-01

 

What Is The Samsung Galaxy Note FE?

When Samsung recalled their Galaxy Note7 phablets, they were left with about 2.5 million of them. That’s not a lot by their usual sale volume, but still a very large number of devices to dispose of.

Instead of disposing them, Samsung refurbished approximately 400,000 of them for sale in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check). The only hardware difference was the replacement of their original 3,500 mAh battery with a slightly smaller 3,200 mAh battery that had undergone their new 8-point battery safety check protocol.

On the software end, it now comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and supports Samsung Bixby, albeit without Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice.

To their surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) was very well-received – completely selling out in South Korea. That led to Galaxy Note7 fans to call for it to be introduced to other countries as well. And now, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is here in Malaysia and several other countries!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) has a 5.7″ Super AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It has a metal-glass design, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and rear aspects.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it is powered by the Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa SoC. However, it comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage (there are 128 GB options in some countries). It is also IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance.

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) has the same front and rear cameras as the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. It has a 5 MP front camera with f/1.7 lens, and a 12 MP main camera with f/1.7 lens, OIS capability and a dual-tone LED flash.

For additional storage, a microSD card can be installed. However, the Galaxy Note FE only comes with a hybrid SIM slot. That means the microSD card shares the same slot as the second nanoSIM card.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) uses the same S Pen as the Galaxy Note7. It boasts a smaller pen tip and increased pressure sensitivity. It is also the first S Pen to be water-resistant.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Specifications

In this table, we compare its specifications to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note FESamsung Galaxy Note7
Display5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8890 OctaSamsung Exynos 8890 Octa
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Home ButtonYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYes
(Without Bixby Vision + Voice)
No
S PenYesYes
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68
Battery3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
Weight169 g169 g
Colour OptionsBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black OnyxBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Price & Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) is available in a select number of countries. Here in Malaysia, they priced it at RM 2,599 / ~US$ 610 at launch, with a further price cut to RM 2,199 / ~US$ 539 on 1 January 2018.

Here is a table to show you the discount when the Galaxy Note FE was first launched in South Korea, and when it was finally launched here in Malaysia.

Samsung Galaxy
Note7
Samsung Galaxy
Note FE
Difference
Price (USD) $849 $610 $239 (28%)
Price (MYR) RM 3,199 RM 2,599
RM 2,199 (1/1/18)
RM 600 (19%)
RM 1000 (31%)

The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition (Price Check) is not just RM 1,800 (~US$ 440) cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check), it will also appeal to Galaxy Note fans who prefer a front fingerprint sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE (Price Check) is now available for purchase at all Samsung Experience Stores, authorised dealers and selected channel partners. Two colour options are currently offered – Coral Blue and Black Onyx.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Review – In A Class Of Its Own

We loved last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note7 and were sad to return it to Samsung before we could complete our review. We are glad to see it return as the Galaxy Note FE, but if you are one of those who were impressed by the Note7, you will be even more impressed with the new Samsung Galaxy Note8. It is literally in a class of its own.

In fact, we are so impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check), we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award. Find out why we think it deserves no less!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is more than just a Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ with an S Pen. While it shares many similarities, it introduces numerous improvements. Here is a table that compares the specifications of the Galaxy Note8 against the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note7 (now known as the Galaxy Note FE)

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note8Samsung Galaxy S8+Samsung Galaxy Note7
Display6.3" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi)
6.2" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8895 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
Memory6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear CameraDual Lens Camera with Dual OIS

Wide-Angle Camera
12 MP (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash

Telephoto Camera (2X optical zoom)
12 MP (1.0 µm) sensor with f/2.4 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual standby capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear MountedYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYesYesNo
S PenYesNoYes
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68IP68
Battery3,300 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions162.5 mm tall
74.8 mm wide
8.6 mm thick
159.5 mm tall
73.4 mm wide
8.1 mm thick
153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
Weight195 g173 g169 g
Colour OptionsMidnight Black, Deepsea Blue, Orchid Gray, Maple GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple GoldBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx

 

Unboxing The Samsung Galaxy Note8

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) comes in the premium black Samsung box. Let’s unbox it, and see what’s inside!

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When you unpack everything, you should find the following items :

  • One Samsung Galaxy Note8 phablet with S Pen
  • One Samsung Galaxy Note8 TPU bumper case
  • One set of Samsung Galaxy Note8 documents
  • One 15 W Samsung Quick Adaptive Charger
  • One USB Type C cable, with USB Type A and micro USB converters
  • One pair of AKG earphones with replacement ear buds
  • One set of spare S Pen nibs, and nib extractor tool
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Up Close

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) has a large 6.3″ Super AMOLED display with a WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. But thanks to its Infinity Display design, the Galaxy Note8 is just 2.2 mm wider than the Galaxy S7 edge, which only has a 5.5″ display! This means it will better fit smaller hands, while offering a much larger display.

Just as we saw with the Galaxy S8 (Price Check), the new Infinity Display covers almost the entire frontal aspect of the Galaxy Note8. Samsung achieved this by removing the physical Home button and making it part of the display. It is pressure-sensitive, and works like a physical button.

The same metal-glass design philosophy from the Galaxy Note7 was retained, with the glass protection upgraded to Gorilla Glass 5. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 continues to boast the same IP68 dust- and water-resistance rating of its predecessor, as well as its iris scanner.

The Infinity Display required the fingerprint sensor to be moved to the back, as it was in the Galaxy S8 (Price Check). There is also a dedicated Bixby button, as well as a new dual-lens camera.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Cameras

Like the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) has a new 8 MP front camera with f/1.7 lens. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 fps, and has great low-light capability.  its low-light capability will come in handy, as the front camera does not have flash support, not even screen flash.

But what’s unprecedented is the new dual-lens main camera that beats everything else in the market today. It boasts a regular wide-angle 12 MP camera with a very fast f/1.7 lens, as well as a telephoto 12 MP camera with f/2.4 lens. However, unlike other dual-lens cameras, it works like two separate cameras that captures images simultaneously!

This allows it to create pictures with amazing adjustable bokeh through its Live Focus feature, while giving you the Dual Capture option to capture photos from both cameras simultaneously! Learn more about these two features in our article – The Samsung Live Focus & Dual Capture Explained & Tested.

This is also the world’s first dual-lens camera to boast optical image stabilisation (OIS) for both lenses! This is especially important for the telephoto camera, as it is paired with a “slower” f/2.4 lens. What this ultimately means is better photos and videos with either camera, even in low-light conditions.

If that’s not enough, the Galaxy Note8’s dual-lens camera is also the first in the world to allow you to switch between the two lenses on-the-fly while recording videos! This is an incredibly useful feature. Once you tried it on the Galaxy Note8, you will wonder why on Earth can’t other dual-lens cameras can’t do the same thing!

We will share with you photo and video samples later in the review. You will be able to see for yourself, the quality of the images captured by the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check). Be sure to also check out how useful it is to switch between the two lenses on-the-fly in our video samples. This is, no doubt, the best dual-lens camera system in the world today.

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Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

This is the South East Asian model (SM-N950FD), which supports Dual SIM, dual standby capability, and comes with a hybrid SIM tray. This gives you some flexibility – you can choose to use either a second SIM card, or a microSD card, but not both at the same time. The microSD slot supports microSD cards of up to 256 GB in size.

With the removal of the physical Home button, Samsung moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the Galaxy Note8. This is not unique as many smartphones have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor (e.g. Huawei Mate 9, Honor 5C). However, the Galaxy Note8 fingerprint sensor is awkwardly placed next to the camera sensor, instead of the more natural position below the camera sensor.

The higher position makes it harder for the user to reach, because the Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is a tall device. Being offset makes it harder for left-handed users to use, and makes it easy for all users to smear the main camera lenses with their oily fingerprints.

Obviously, we do not like this fingerprint sensor at all. It is harder to use, as our Galaxy Note8 set-up video will show, although its usability improves with practice. But the good news is – the Samsung Galaxy Note8 also supports alternative login methods like iris scanning and face recognition, that work better.

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Iris Scanner & Facial Recognition

These are not new abilities for a Samsung Galaxy Note device. They were first introduced in the Galaxy Note7, The iris scanner was easy to set up and use, and so, it quickly became our favourite way to log into the Galaxy Note8.

The iris scanner works best if you are not using glasses or contact lenses though, and it may not work in bright sunlight. Its accuracy may also be affected by dirt and fingerprint smudges on the iris camera and LED sensor. Finally, the iris scanner takes longer to log in than the fingerprint sensor, but the coolness factor is undeniable.

The facial recognition feature is easier and faster to use because it does not require you to align your eyes with the sensor focus circles. However, it is less secure than the iris scanner or fingerprint scanner.

 

IP68 Dust & Water Resistance

Like the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance. Best of all, you don’t even have to prepare it in any way before you dunk it into water! For more information how how Samsung achieved this feat, take a look at The Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

Officially, the Galaxy Note8 can withstand complete immersion in water up to 1.5 m in depth, for up to 30 minutes. That means you can take it for jogs in the rain, reading in the shower or soaking in bath. Heck, you can even take it for a swim!

There are some caveats though. The IP68 rating applies to a specific set of test conditions : 15-35 °C, 86-106 kPa, 1.5 metre, 30 minutes. Even so, water may enter and damage the Galaxy Note8 if it is exposed to “water moving with force“, like running water from a tap or waterfall, or ocean waves.

In other words, this is not a waterproof phone like the Oukitel K10000 Pro or the Kenxinda ruggerdised smartphones. It is IP68 water-resistant, so you need to be gentle with it. You can read more about this in our article – The Samsung Galaxy S7 IP68 Engineering Explained.

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S Pen Stylus

This is the defining feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note8 – the S Pen stylus. This is the same S Pen used by the Galaxy Note7, with a 0.7 mm tip and 4,096 pressure levels. The S Pen is electromagnetically-powered by close proximity to the Galaxy Note8, so there is no need to worry about batteries – which is just awesome.

A set of spare nibs and a tweezer are included, so you can also swap the default black nib for a white nib, depending on your preference for more friction (black) or a smoother writing experience (white).

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Setup Process

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and is very easy to set-up. If you are setting it up as a new device, it should take you only 5-7 minutes to finish the setup process.

 

The Ergonomics

Looking at the specifications, you would expect the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) to be a large phablet. After all, it has a large 6.3″ display. Yet, it is about the same size than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 with a 5.7″ display!

Despite its larger display, it is only 0.9 mm wider, so it fits most hands comfortably. But this is still a two-handed device, because of its height. If you prefer to use only one hand, you can turn on the One-handed mode option.

The Super AMOLED display is beautiful as always. However, the WQHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2960 results in a non-standard 18.5:9 display ratio. Watching movies will result in some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of the movie.

The Gorilla Glass 5 back looks fabulous… at first. It is easily smudged by oily fingerprints, because it lacks the oleophobic coating of the front Gorilla Glass 5 cover protecting the display. The smudges are particularly obvious on the Midnight Black version. Perhaps that’s why Samsung threw in a clear TPU bumper case – it protects the Galaxy Note8 while keeping the shiny back smear-free.

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Available Memory & Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) comes with 6 GB of LPDDR4 memory, of which 2.8 GB (37.5%) is available for use. There is obviously quite a fair bit of bloat. That said, 2.8 GB of memory is more than what many smartphones ship with, and is more than enough to run many applications simultaneously.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check comes with 64 GB of internal flash storage, with 51.1 GB of free space for you to use. That is enough space to store about 11,500 photos, or 6.25 hours of 1080p videos, or 2.5 hours of 4K videos. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Camera Performance – Photos

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) uses the same excellent 12 MP sensors as the Galaxy S8 (Price Check) for both the wide-angle and telephoto cameras –  either the Sony IMX260 sensor, or Samsung’s own ISOCELL S5KL1 sensor. They are both identical in specifications and performance – with Dual Pixel autofocus technology and 1.4 μm pixels.

The maximum 12 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4032 x 3024, and a file size of between 3.8 MB and 4.8 MB. Here are 6 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

It’s no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) performed exactly as the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Price Check), in this respect. It still remains one of the best, if not the best, smartphone camera out there today.

What’s unique though is the Galaxy Note8 Live Focus feature, which allows you to create really awesome bokeh for the background. No doubt, the bokeh is artificially created, but the simultaneous use of both cameras allow for precise delineation of the subject and the background. Live Focus also allows you to adjust the amount of bokeh for the background.

You can read all about Samsung Live Focus and the accompanying Dual Capture feature in this separate article – The Samsung Live Focus & Dual Capture Explained & Tested.

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Camera Performance – Video Recording

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is capable of recording 4K videos from both front and back cameras. However, this time, Samsung has limited the 4K recording time to just 10 minutes. This was likely done to ensure that the sensor does not overheat the battery that lies next to it.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge has no such limitations, and is thus, a better smartphone for 4K video recording. However, the Galaxy S7 edge is somewhat limited by the 4 GB file size limit. When you record a long 4K video, it will be broken up into separate files that are about 11.5 minutes in length, with a short recording gap in between. So its advantage is limited.

Samsung appears to be using a more efficient codec for the videos, allowing 1080p videos to be recorded to about 40 minutes before hitting the 4 GB file size limit. This is about 25% longer than the Galaxy S7 edge, which only managed about 31-32 minutes.

Below are four video samples, all taken without the use of gimbals.

Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) did an excellent job capturing this live performance. The audio quality was very good, albeit lacking the wider dynamic range of the HTC 10 (when HiRes Audio is enabled). The noise reduction is decent, although the background noise is still audible.

We LOVE the ability to instantly switch between the wide-angle camera and the telephoto camera while recording. You can also see how well the OIS worked for both cameras. In other smartphones, videos recorded with the unstabilised telephoto lens will often induce nausea…

Test #2: Piano (4K)

Note the incredible amount of detail capture by the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check). We are very impressed with its ability to capture such detail even in the bright background, which is often overblown in other smartphones. Note that you can still switch instantly between the wide-angle camera and the telephoto camera while recording in 4K.

Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of the Samsung Galaxy Note8’s image stabilisation capability, you will note that it does a rather decent job of smoothing out the jerkiness during our walk. It is not the best we have seen, but it’s still pretty good.

Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The image stabilisation for the 4K video was also good. In addition to OIS (optical image stabilisation), it appears to perform some EIS (electronic image stabilisation) as well.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Samsung Galaxy Note8’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Performance Score
5617 5285 5303 6316
Web Browsing 5433 5041 5155 5624
Video Editing 4872 5219 4998 5370
Writing 5696 5122 5158 6326
Photo Editing 8563 7003 7082 9864
Data Manipulation 4329 4369 4458 5333

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC, which is really fast, albeit not as fast as the Kirin 960 SoC used in the Huawei Mate 9 (Price Check).

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Galaxy S8’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Work 2.0 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
Battery Life 8 hours 50 mins 9 hours 34 mins 10 hours 32 mins 11 hours 27 mins

Of the four smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) has the smallest battery at 3,300 mAh. The Huawei Mate 9 (Price Check), in comparison, has a 4,000 mAh battery. Even so, it managed to deliver almost 9 hours of non-stop operation.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 comes with an adaptive fast charger with a power output of 15 W. Take a look at how fast it recharged the 3,300 mAh battery.

It took the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) just under 83 minutes (1 hour 23 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. That is a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.4 : 1 – a very good performance.

The fastest recharging happened up to the 85% level. This took just 53 minutes. Then the recharging speed slowed down, and it took a further 30 minutes to top up the remaining 15%.

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Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

AnTuTu Samsung Galaxy Note8 Samsung Galaxy S8+ Samsung Galaxy S8 Huawei Mate 9
TOTAL SCORE 178168 170991 175422 123167
3D SCORE 74302 72039 74336 40114
– 3D (Marooned) 43996 42844 43953 23313
– 3D (Garden) 30306 29195 30383 16801
UX SCORE 54965 50518 52159 39975
– UX Data Secure 8100 7822 7996 7943
– UX Data Process 6079 5830 5866 6985
– UX Strategy Games 11072 10359 11165 11860
– UX Image Process 24646 21998 22716 5580
– UX I/O Performance 5068 4509 4416 7607
CPU SCORE 38240 38274 38513 31992
– CPU Mathematics 10970 10958 10996 9680
– CPU Common Use 11135 11001 10939 11139
– CPU Multi-Core 16135 16315 16578 11173
RAM 10661 10160 10414 11086

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) sure is fast in AnTuTu. Its Exynos 8895 proved to be much faster in 3D rendering than the Kirin 960 used by the Huawei Mate 9 (Price Check).

 

Our Verdict & Award

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is truly in a class of its own. It is the only phablet in the world with an electromagnetic stylus, an Infinity Display and a dual-lens camera. Nothing else, not even the new Apple iPhone 8 Plus (Price Check), is in the same league. It builds upon the excellent, albeit unlucky, Galaxy Note7, with a plethora of major improvements.

First and foremost is the Infinity Display, which is almost bezel-less and covers almost all of the front aspect. To achieve this, Samsung integrated a pressure-sensitive Home button into the display itself, and moved the fingerprint sensor to the back.

The Infinity Display also allowed Samsung to increase the display size while reducing the width of the device. The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) has a large 6.3″ display in a form factor that equivalent to a regular 5.5″ device. It makes for a better fit for smaller hands, and most pockets.

The new 18.5 : 9 aspect ratio is useful for viewing two different screens at the same time, but introduces pillarboxing when you watch movies. Samsung allows you to stretch the videos to fit the entire screen, but you will lose the upper and lower parts of the videos. So it’s a trade-off.

As their flagship phablet, it comes as no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) is very fast, thanks to its top-of-the-line Exynos 8895 octa-core processor. It also has an incredible amount of memory and it comes with a reasonably large storage capacity of 64 GB. This should be more than enough for even power users, even if they enjoy recording 4K videos.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 extended the amazing camera used in the Samsung Galaxy S8 by doubling it to create a dual-lens camera system that is unparalleled. Both cameras are optically-stabilised and work simultaneously. This allows the Galaxy Note8 to support the new Live Focus and Dual Capture features. It also gave us the ability to instantly switch between the two lenses while recording video.

It bears pointing out that Samsung took extra care with the Galaxy Note8’s battery, employing greater scrutiny and safety protocols to ensure its safety. Even though it has a relatively small 3,300 mAh capacity, it lasted just under 9 hours of non-stop operation in our stress test. Best of all – you can completely recharge it in less than 1.5 hours!

The offset fingerprint sensor, though, was awkward to use. We highly recommend that Samsung move the fingerprint sensor to the more conventional position below the main camera in their next device. We far prefer the iris scanner, which is really easy (and cool!) to use.

Samsung really went the extra mile with the Galaxy Note8, making sure it is in a league of its own. There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Price Check) deserves our Editor’s Choice Award. Job well done, Samsung!

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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Price & Availability CONFIRMED!

Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, and those who prefer a front fingerprint sensor, rejoice! The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition, Galaxy Note FE for short, is coming to Malaysia! Samsung Malaysia has officially announced the price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note FE! Get the full details here!

Updated @ 2017-10-12 : Added the confirmed price and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note FE. Added a discussion on the price, additional information on Bixby, and pictures of the first Galaxy Note FE units in Malaysia!

Originally posted @ 2017-10-11

Don’t forget to check out the leaked Apple iPhone 8 price list for Malaysia!

 

What Is The Samsung Galaxy Note FE?

When Samsung recalled their Galaxy Note7 phablets, they were left with about 2.5 million of them. That’s not a lot by their usual sale volume, but still a very large number of devices to dispose of.

Instead of disposing them, Samsung refurbished approximately 400,000 of them for sale in South Korea as the Samsung Galaxy Note FE. The only hardware difference was the replacement of their original 3,500 mAh battery to a slightly smaller 3,200 mAh battery that has undergone their new 8-point battery safety check protocol. On the software end, it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat, and supports Samsung Bixby, albeit without Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice.

To their surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note FE was very well-received – completely selling out in South Korea. That led to Galaxy Note7 fans to call for it to be introduced to other countries as well. And now, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition is coming to Malaysia!

 

Introducing The Samsung Galaxy Note FE!

Take a look at the first Samsung Galaxy Note FE phablets in Malaysia!

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Specifications

In this table, we compare its specifications to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 :

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Note FESamsung Galaxy Note7
Display5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
5.7" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2560 pixels (577 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8890 OctaSamsung Exynos 8890 Octa
Memory4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
64 GB / 128 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 200 GB
Front Camera5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens5 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Home ButtonYes, Home Button
Iris ScannerYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
BixbyYes
(Without Bixby Vision + Voice)
No
S PenYesYes
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68
Battery3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
153.5 mm tall
73.9 mm wide
7.9 mm thick
Weight169 g169 g
Colour OptionsBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black OnyxBlue Coral, Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, Black Onyx
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The Samsung Galaxy Note FE Price & Availability

When we leaked the news, we expected the Samsung Galaxy Note FE to be priced between RM 2,599 and RM 2,699, based on the original July launch price, and the current exchange rate. The difference in the discount when it was launched in South Korea, and when it’s launched here in Malaysia, is due to the change in currency rates.

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Samsung Galaxy Note FE Difference
Launch Price (USD) $849 $610 $239 (28%)
Launch Price (MYR) RM 3,199 RM 2,599 (Confirmed) RM 600 (19%)

Samsung Malaysia has just confirmed that the Galaxy Note FE will be sold at RM 2,599 / ~US$ 619, including the 6% GST. Although some argue that it should be cheaper, we didn’t think so, because the new Samsung Galaxy Note8 is priced significantly higher at RM 3,999 / ~US$ 949.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition is not just RM 1,400 (~US$ 333) cheaper than the Galaxy Note8, it will also appeal to Galaxy Note fans who prefer a front fingerprint sensor. Dashken, your wish has been answered!

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE will be available for purchase at all Samsung Experience Stores, authorised dealers and selected channel partners, beginning 25 October 2017. Two colour options will be offered – Coral Blue and Black Onyx.

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How To Get The $425 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Discount!

If you are aching to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note8, you will be glad to know that Samsung will be offering trade-ins and/or pre-order offers. In fact, they announced at the Galaxy Note8 Unpacked event that former Galaxy Note7 owners will be offered a special $425 (~RM 1,785) Samsung Galaxy Note8 discount!

This discount will come in real handy, as the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is priced at $929 (unlocked) in the United States and £869 in the UK. That works out to about RM 3,900 here in Malaysia, just a tad more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

So let’s take a closer look into the details of this special offer. This is a work in progress, as details are still scant. We will also add details of other trade-in offers and pre-order offers, as they are revealed.

Updated @ 2017-09-02 : Added three important notes on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 discount programme.

Originally posted @ 2017-08-26

 

A Thank You To Galaxy Note7 Owners

At the Samsung Galaxy Note8 Unpacked 2017 event, Samsung Mobile Communications President, DJ Koh explicitly acknowledged the mistakes they made with the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 phablet. He also thanked the former Galaxy Note7 owners for sticking with Samsung through the Galaxy Note7 recall.

As a reward for their loyalty and feedback, Samsung announced that former Samsung Galaxy Note7 owners in the United States will be offered an upgrade discount of up to $425 (~RM 1,785).

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 Discount Details

There are only two requirements for this special Galaxy Note8 discount – proof of purchase, and a qualifying trade-in device.

1. Proof Of Purchase

This offer is only applicable to those who have formerly purchased the Galaxy Note7. US customers can visit the special Samsung Galaxy Note8 discount page to key in their email address for validation. If you cannot be validated through your email address, you will need to provide proof of purchase (e.g. receipt, credit card bill, etc.)

2. Qualifying Trade-In Device

You must also have a qualifying trade-in device. In the United States, Samsung will be accepting these devices for the $425 Galaxy Note8 discount programme :

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 edge and S7 active
  • Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 5 and above
  • LG V20, G4 and above
  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The device you trade in must be in “good condition”, which Samsung defines as :

  • Powers on and holds a charge,
  • Has a functioning display,
  • Has no breaks or cracks or other visible defects that go beyond normal wear and tear, and
  • Is not on a black list of any kind.

Finally, your device must also satisfy these additional requirements :

  • Has Reactivation Lock, Google Factory Reset Protection, or any other anti-theft locking software disabled, and
  • You must have performed a factory reset and removed all personal information from the device.

 

What About Other Countries?

At the moment, we can only confirm that this special Galaxy Note8 discount is only applicable to consumers in the US and Canada. There has been no official word on similar programmes in other countries, although we understand that Samsung is preparing similar offers in every country the Galaxy Note7 was sold in.

We reached out to Samsung Malaysia, and were told to “stay tuned” to their next Galaxy Note8 announcement on 5 September 2017. We think it is more than likely that there will be a similar special Galaxy Note8 trade-in offer for former Galaxy Note7 owners in Malaysia. The Samsung Galaxy Note7 was, after all, very popular and greatly missed by Samsung fans here in Malaysia.

 

Important Notes

There are a couple of important notes about this Galaxy Note8 discount programme :

Only With Samsung

This offer is only available exclusively with Samsung. You must apply directly with Samsung. Your telco, dealer, or local retail store may offer similar upgrade programmes, but they are unlikely to offer anything close to what Samsung is offering you.

Even if you purchased your qualifying device or the Galaxy Note7 from a telco, you can only get the Galaxy Note8 discount if you register with Samsung. In short – register with Samsung!

You May Not Get $425

Even though you own a qualifying device, you may not get all $425. Their discount you receive will vary from device to device. $425 is the maximum Samsung will offer for a qualifying device.

Fully Paid Up

The qualifying device you trade-in for the Galaxy Note8 discount must be fully paid for. If you are on an instalment plan, you must clear that instalment plan before you proceed. However, there may be situations where you may be permitted to continue paying your instalments, if it’s part of your telco plan, for example.

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Samsung Mobbed With Demand For The Galaxy S8 Ultimate!

Ever since it was leaked that Samsung is giving away limited number of the exclusive Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition smartphones, people have been frantically trying to find out how to get one. Samsung stores are being mobbed all over the world. Find out what the heck is going on!

 

Hunt For The Galaxy S8 Ultimate!

Former Galaxy Note7 users have been questioned whether they still have their devices. One wife reportedly ransacked her husband’s belongings, only to find a second smartphone he used to keep in touch with his mistress. But no Galaxy Note7. #SoDead

Others resort to sharing the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition‘s picture on social media in hope of snagging one.

1 like = 1 chance to win the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition
1 share = 10 chances to win the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition
1 like + 1 share = You do the math! 

#S8Ultimate #iCantWait #h3h3

 

Samsung Mobbed!

But as our international correspondent, C. Lee Yu, reports from a particularly badly-mobbed Samsung Experience Store in New York City, some people are refusing to rely on their luck or social media skills. Instead, they are mobbing some Samsung stores, demanding to BUY the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition.

When told that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition is not for sale, they literally turned into ravaging zombies… No shit.

C. Lee Yu only barely made it to safety, thanks to the kungfu skills that all Asian people are born with. He advises everyone else to pack guns, or just stay at home and pre-order the regular Galaxy S8Seriously.

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How To Get The Exclusive Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition!

If you are one of the few with a Samsung Galaxy Note7 (dead or alive), Samsung will give YOU the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition in exchange! But don’t worry if you were not a Galaxy Note7 user. We will share with you how you can to get your hands on the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition!

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition

Samsung is only making a limited number of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition available in select countries around the world. How does it differ from the regular Samsung Galaxy S8? See for yourself!

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate EditionSamsung Galaxy S8
Display5.8" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
5.8" Super AMOLED dual-edge display
- 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (front & back panels)
Operating System (At Launch)Android 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
System PlatformSamsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Exynos 8895
or
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory6 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM4 GB LPDDR4 SDRAM
Storage Options256 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD slot (shared with SIM 2) - supports up to 256 GB
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens8 MP sensor with f/1.7 lens
Rear Camera12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash12 MP Sony / Samsung (1.4 µm) sensor with f/1.7 lens, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and LED flash
Dual SIM capabilityHybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
Hybrid dual SIM (dual active capability)
- SIM 2 + microSD shared slot
ConnectivityNetwork : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Network : LTE Cat. 16 (1 Gbps / 150 Mbps)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz), MIMO (2 x 2)
Bluetooth : Version 5.0 LE, ANT+
Others : USB 3.1, NFC, GPS
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear MountedYes, Rear Mounted
Iris ScannerYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRMAccelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Water & Dust ResistanceIP68IP68
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
- fast charging capability (wired & wireless)
- wireless charging (WPC and PMA)
Dimensions159.5 mm tall
73.4 mm wide
8.1 mm thick
148.9 mm tall
68.1 mm wide
8.0 mm thick
Weight173 g152 g
Colour OptionsBlack As Night, Monday Blues, Good As GoldMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
AWESOME Ultimate Edition LogoOF COURSE!Nahhhh....

Basically, it is the Samsung Galaxy S8 with 50% more memory, and 4X the internal storage! AWESOME, isn’t it? But you can’t buy it because it’s currently not available for retail sale!

 

If You Still Have A Galaxy Note7…

If you still have a Samsung Galaxy Note7 with you, in any condition, you can trade it in for a Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition for FREE! No shit.

Just walk right up to any Samsung store, plunk down your Galaxy Note7 (dead or alive), and ask for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition. So much #win! 😀

 

Why Is Samsung Doing This?

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been the butt of many Internet jokes, memes and fake stories. But despite its battery woes, it was a very popular phablet.

It was so popular that many people refused to return their Galaxy Note7, despite Samsung’s extensive recall program. In fact, Samsung had to issue a “kill order” at the end of 2016 to try and disable the Galaxy Note7 phablets that are still out there!

The “Galaxy Note7 For S8 Ultimate Edition” exchange program is their way to thank their most fanatical fans.

 

But I Don’t Have A Note7….

Don’t worry. Samsung is reserving a limited number of Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition smartphones for those who get the most likes for pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition.

All you have to do is share one of these pictures PUBLICLY in social media, using these details and hashtags :

1 like = 1 chance to win the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition
1 share = 10 chances to win the Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition
1 like + 1 share = You do the math!

#S8Ultimate #iCantWait #h3h3

 

Samsung will use the third-party tracking service H3H3 to track the number of likes on your post, and award those with highest number of likes with a Samsung Galaxy S8 Ultimate Edition!

Obviously, you can increase your chance by posting multiple times, and getting your friends to like your post! 😀

Make sure you share them publicly. If they cannot see them, they cannot track them!

 

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How Samsung Found & Fixed Their Exploding Battery Problem

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 arrived to great acclaim on 19 August 2016. It was literally the best phablet ever, with its IP68 rating and its improved S Pen and Knox capabilities. However, its massive early success was soon overshadowed by reports of some Note7 phablets catching fire – the infamous exploding battery problem.

In October, Samsung initiated a global replacement program, but even some of the replacement devices continued to catch fire. That’s when they decided to recall and permanently end the sale of the Galaxy Note7. Since then, they have been working hard on finding out what happened, and how to prevent a recurrence.

After an exhaustive investigation, Samsung can now reveal what caused both the original and the replacement Galaxy Note7 phablets to catch fire, and what they are doing to prevent that from ever happening again. Check it out!

 

The Investigation

After the global replacement program was initiated, Samsung assembled 700 engineers to find out why some of them would spontaneously catch fire. Together with the replacement Note7 phablets from the global recall, their engineers tested more than 200,000 of those returned devices, and over 30,000 batteries.

Samsung also roped in three industrial safety and quality control organisations – UL, Exponent and TÜV Rheinland – to examine the Galaxy Note7 phablets, and provide Samsung with their own findings.

Finally, Samsung went back and examined every aspect of their production processes in their factories in China, Vietnam and south Korea  – from hardware and software development to the assembly and testing of the Galaxy Note7, as well as logistics.

 

Double Trouble

The reason why both the original and the replacement Galaxy Note7 phablets exhibited similar spontaneous combustion issues was because two different batteries were catching fire under different circumstances.

Battery A

The first situation involved battery A which had an overly small casing. The cramped condition led to the negative electrodes being “deflected in the upper right corner of the battery“, and coming into contact with each other.

Battery B

The second situation involved battery B where welding burrs on the positive electrode penetrated the insulation tape and separator, and came into direct contact with the negative electrode. This essentially resulted in a short circuit.

 

Making Sure It Won’t Happen Again

To ensure that Samsung users will never have to worry about the exploding battery problem ever again, Samsung developed a rigorous 8-point battery safety check protocol for all future Samsung devices :

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  • Enhanced battery durability tests – includes overcharging tests, nail puncture tests and extreme temperature stress tests.
  • Visual inspection tests of every battery under standardised guidelines and objective criteria.
  • X-ray scans of every battery to look for any abnormalities.
  • Every battery will undergo a large scale charging and discharging test.
  • TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compound) Test –  to make sure there isn’t the slightest possibility of leakage
  • Disassembly Test – the batteries are disassembled to assess their quality, including the battery tab welding and insulation tape conditions.
  • Accelerated Usage Test – the batteries will undergo extensive tests to simulate accelerated consumer usage scenarios
  • △OCV (Delta Open Circuit Voltage) Test – Samsung will check for any change in voltage throughout the manufacturing process, from component level to the assembled device.

Samsung may have been hit hard by the exploding battery problem in the Galaxy Note7, but there may be a silver lining after all. It brought up the critical and often overlooked issue of the safety of lithium-ion batteries that are, by nature, volatile. The new battery safety check protocol Samsung put in place should become an industry-standard. Other smartphone manufacturers would do well to adopt Samsung’s battery safety check protocol, or a similar one.

 

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The Galaxy Note7 Return Guidance At KLIA & KLIA2 Airports

Just days ago, the Malaysian DCA issued a directive permitting the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft flying into and out of Malaysia, subject to certain conditions. However, the directive still calls for airports and airlines to deny carriage of the Galaxy Note7 phablets.

To prevent confusion and inconvenience, Samsung Malaysia just issued specific Galaxy Note7 return guidance for users travelling via the KLIA or KLIA2 airports. They have obviously been hard at work for some time on the Galaxy Note7 return program at both airports. Take a look for yourself!

 

The Galaxy Note7 Return Program At KLIA & KLIA2

Here is the Galaxy Note7 return guidance at KLIA or KLIA2 :

  1. Back up your Galaxy Note7, or transfer your files to a microSD card.
  2. Return your Galaxy Note7 to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth at :
    • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
    • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2
  3. Your Galaxy Note7 will be factory-reset on the spot by Samsung Customer Service.
  4. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased in Malaysia – a Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will contact you to arrange for an exchange or refund.
  5. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased outside of Malaysia, you will need to provide your passport and boarding pass for verification. The Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will provide you with an official “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form, acknowledging the acceptance of your Galaxy Note7. You can then contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the original country of purchase to enquire about the exchange or refund of your Galaxy Note7.

 

Can You Borrow A Loan Device?

You can request for a loan device at the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth located at :

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  • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
  • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2

You will need to complete the following steps :

  1. Please show your passport and boarding pass for verification.
  2. Fill up the “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form.
  3. You will receive a loan device (subject to availability).
  4. Upon returning to Malaysia / your home country, you need to visit the nearest Samsung Customer Service Centre to return the loan device.
  5. The Galaxy Note7 refund / exchange process will only take place after the loan device is returned to Samsung Customer Service.

 

What If I Am Overseas With A Galaxy Note7 Purchased In Malaysia?

Unfortunately, Samsung Malaysia is only able to advise about the Malaysian DCA carriage permission, and the Galaxy Note7 collection at KLIA and KLIA2 airports.

If you are currently overseas with a Galaxy Note7 purchased in Malaysia, you will need to contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the country you are in. They will have a country-specific return process that will allow you to return the Galaxy Note7 there, instead of bringing it back to Malaysia.

 

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Malaysian DCA Permits Galaxy Note7 Onboard Aircraft

On the 17 October 2016, the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) issued a general directive on the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft flying in or out of Malaysia. Titled “Carriage of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Device“, the directive explicitly permitted the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft under the DCA’s jurisdiction.

This will surely come as a relief for foreigners here in Malaysia. A number who are here on holidays or temporary work assignments are “trapped” because they have not been allowed to bring their Galaxy Note7 phablets onboard any aircraft. This prevents them from returning their Galaxy Note7 phablets to Samsung, as this can only happen in the country of purchase.

 

DCA Directive Permitting The Galaxy Note7 Onboard Aircraft

Here are the screenshots of the DCA directive permitting the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft in Malaysia.

The directive actually calls for the Galaxy Note7 from being checked into any luggage or carried into the cabin. But if you carry the Galaxy Note7 onboard, it sets out clear rules on what you should do :

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  1. You must power off the Galaxy Note7
  2. You cannot use or charge the Galaxy Note7
  3. You must prevent the Galaxy Note7 from accidental activation
  4. You must keep the Galaxy Note7 on your person
  5. You are not allowed to keep the Galaxy Note7 in the overhead compartment, the seat’s back pocket or the cabin baggage.

Even though the directive includes language that calls for the airports and airlines to ban the Galaxy Note7 from all aircraft, the explicit inclusion of Clause 3.3 means you won’t get booted out of your flight for carrying the Galaxy Note7. You just have to turn it off before you board the aircraft until you exit it at your destination.

 

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The Galaxy Note7 Replacement Program Explained Rev. 5.2

It’s official. Samsung has officially announced a global replacement of all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phablets. Check out their press release on the issue :

Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible.

With Apple set to announce the iPhone 7 just 5 days later, the timing of the Galaxy Note7 recall was tragic. However, it is very heartening to see Samsung take this problem so seriously.

Problems like this will happen to any product. What matters is how the brand addresses the issue, and how quickly they do it. In this case, we think Samsung did the right thing by ceasing the sale of the Galaxy Note7 and now recalling those already sold.

Originally posted @ 2016-09-02

Updated @ 2016-09-04 : Added a new section on when the replacement Note7 phablets are expected. Also added a new tip.

Updated @ 2016-09-11 : Updated the article with new information on the replacement dates and contact numbers, as well as what you can do while waiting for your replacement Note7. Also added a new section on how to identify the new Note7 devices.

Updated @ 2016-09-21 : Added new information on identifying a new Galaxy Note7 using the label, and the green battery icon. Renamed the article to more accurately reflect the changes.

Updated @ 2016-10-10 : Added new information on the suspension of production, and Samsung’s official statement.

Updated @ 2016-10-11 : Added new information on the suspension of the replacement program.

Updated @ 2016-10-12 : Added new information on the cancellation of the Galaxy Note7 and the Note7 replacement program.

 

Cancellation Of Note7 Production, Sale & Replacement Updated!

After reports of several replacement Note7 phablets caught fire, Samsung has permanently cancelled the production, sale and replacement of the Galaxy Note7 phablet.

Samsung have asked carriers and retailers to cancel the sale of the Galaxy Note7, as well as the existing replacement program. Some carriers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, had earlier announced the suspension of sale and replacement of the Galaxy Note7.

Current users are urged to turn off their original and replacement Galaxy Note7 phablets, and contact the Samsung Careline / Customer Service contact number in their respective countries, for further details :

United States – 1-800-SAMSUNG (if purchased from Samsung.com)
United Kingdom – 0330 726 1000
Australia – 1300 362 603
Malaysia – 1800-88-7799

 

When Will The Replacement Note7 Arrive?

Update : The Note7 replacement program has been cancelled!

Samsung has already announced that the Galaxy Note7 replacement program will begin on September 19-21 for some countries. Customers in those countries should contact the Samsung Careline / Customer Service contact number in their respective countries :

United States – 1-800-SAMSUNG (if purchased from Samsung.com)
United Kingdom – 0330 726 1000
Australia – 1300 362 603

Here in Malaysia, Samsung Malaysia just announced that the Galaxy Note7 replacement program will begin on the 29th of September. To enroll in the Galaxy Note7 recall programme, please contact the Samsung Malaysia Careline at 1800-88-7799 for further assistance.

Pre-ordered Galaxy Note7 phablets that have not been delivered will be replaced with new Galaxy Note7 phablets using batteries from a different supplier. This would also mean that if you have been waiting for your pre-ordered Galaxy Note7 to arrive, you will need to wait an additional 2 weeks.

 

Identification Of New Note7 Phablets

The new Samsung Galaxy Note7 phablets will come with clear identifiers on the box – a small black square on the white barcode label along with a white sticker with a blue letter ‘S’.

You can also verify the IMEI number on an online database that will be established soon, or through the Samsung Careline / Customer Service contact number in your country. The IMEI number of the replacement Galaxy Note7 phablets will be different from those affected by the battery recall.

Finally, Samsung added a green battery icon to help you verify that your new Galaxy Note7 has the new battery. The new green battery icon will be visible on :

  • the status bar,
  • the Always On Display screen, and
  • the Power Off prompt screen (accessed by pressing the Power button for a long time)

 

While Waiting For Your Note7 Replacement?

Right now, all you can do is hang in there until your replacement Galaxy Note7 arrives. Samsung naturally advises you to turn off the Galaxy Note7 while waiting for the replacement.

In some countries, you will be given a courtesy device to use while waiting for your replacement Galaxy Note7. Call the Samsung Careline / Customer Service contact number in your country to find out if that’s possible.

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If you have to continue using the Galaxy Note7 though, you don’t need to be unduly worried. Samsung estimates that the faulty battery affects “less than 0.1%” of the Galaxy Note7 already in the market. Here are some safe steps you can take until you receive your replacement Galaxy Note7 :

  • Use only the original charger and Type C USB cable provided with your Galaxy Note7.
  • If possible, use a computer USB port to recharge the Galaxy Note7. The lower power output should reduce the risk of the battery exploding or catching fire.
  • Do NOT use the Galaxy Note7 while it is recharging. Place it away from flammable items.
  • If possible, place the Galaxy Note7 on a fire-resistant or fire-proof surface, before recharging it.

 

Galaxy Note7 Replacement In Malaysia

Samsung Malaysia is amazingly speedy at following up on the worldwide announcement on the Galaxy Note7 replacement program. They have already issued the official replacement notice, even though not a single Galaxy Note7 sold in Malaysia has been reported to be affected by this issue.

Samsung Malaysia just announced that their Galaxy Note7 replacement program will begin on the 29th of September. To enroll in the Galaxy Note7 replacement programme, please contact the Samsung Malaysia Careline at 1800-88-7799 for further assistance.

Samsung Malaysia expects to resume sale of the improved Galaxy Note7 models in October 2016.

 

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Did Exploding Samsung Smartphones Kill 3 In Florida?

News of Samsung Galaxy Note7 phablets catching fire, or getting banned from flights, have permeated the Internet almost on a daily basis. Today even saw a report of a truck filled with exploding Samsung smartphones killed 3 people in Florida. Check out the report for yourself :

A semi-trailer truck exploded this morning in Florida, after the Samsung phones it was carrying began exploding, killing 3 people and injuring 11 others.

According to witnesses, a series of explosion took place in the truck’s cargo trailer, setting it ablaze.

Within a few seconds, blazing smartphones were flying in the air in all directions, hitting nearby vehicles at extremely high speeds.

“It was totally crazy! There were hundreds of flaming phones coming out of the trailer at bullet speed,” says Jamal Anderson, whose car was hit by three phones. “It looked like a huge firework with flames and explosions everywhere.” 

Seven nearby vehicles were hit by the flaming projectiles, leading to a dramatic car crash involving 17 vehicles.

Samsung Electronics has already recognized many security issues with it’s new smartphone model.

Several people posted images and videos of charred Galaxy Note7s online and said their phones had caught on fire or that their phone battery had exploded.

Samsung Electronics finally delayed shipments of its premium Note7 smartphone, wiping almost $7 billion off its market value.

The phones that exploded were models that had been recalled until further tests have been completed.

 

The Truck With Exploding Samsung Smartphones Does Not Exist

If you haven’t figured it out yet, the news report is NOT true. There was no truck filled with Samsung smartphones that exploded anywhere in Florida, or in the world for the matter. But why should you believe us? Let us show you the evidence…

 

1. The pictures were misappropriated

The first picture was of a trailer that exploded after it collided with another trailer on Interstate 10 highway near a south Phoenix suburb on November 9, 2011. The accident killed one of the drivers. The picture was taken by Mark Henle of the Arizona Republic.

The second picture was of a 46-car pileup on the southbound Interstate 75 highway on the Manatee / Sarasota county line. This accident happened on October 5, 2012.

 

2. Exploding batteries will not turn smartphones into bullets

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices that were reported to have “exploded” did not actually explode like a bomb. Rather, they caught on fire.

Of course, lithium ion batteries can and do actually explode, but guess what? The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has a metal chassis and is protected on both front and back by Gorilla Glass 5. An exploding battery may split the device along the seams, but it won’t turn the Galaxy Note7 into a flying projectile.

Even if, hypothetically, an exploding Samsung Galaxy Note7 is sent flying at high speed like a bullet, it would still be stopped by the steel wall of the shipping container. Yes, shipping containers have steel walls…

 

3. World News Daily Report Is A Hoax / Satire Website

While many clickbait websites have started to post the same article, the original website was identified as World News Daily Report. It is not a genuine news website, but one that is satirical in nature. None of the articles posted on that website is true, as far as we can tell.

 

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The New Samsung Always On Display Feature Explained

29 August 2016Samsung introduced a new Always On Display with the Galaxy Note7 including enhanced features designed to help users get more out of their smartphone, even when the screen is off. The Always On Display not only makes a strong first impression, but is also an element of design that differentiates the Galaxy Note7 from other devices on the market. From the Screen off memo that all but replaces the ubiquitous sticky note, to brand new customization options, the new Always On Display keeps users on track in an always-on world.

 

Screen Off Memo

With the new Screen off memo function, users do not need to launch the memo app to jot down a reminder or a to-do list. Instead, they can conveniently use the phone’s S Pen to write a note directly on the Galaxy Note7’s off screen.

Once a memo has been jotted down, it will remain visible on the Always On Display for an hour to remind users of important events, similar to a sticky note. Memos can also be pinned to the Always On Display so users can check them at a later time by simply double tapping the Memo icon. Users can also store these memos in the Samsung Notes app directly from the Always On Display.

 

More Information, Faster Access

When the Always On Display made its debut with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge earlier this year, it gave users continuous access to important information such as the time, date and missed calls. But with the Galaxy Note7, Samsung is taking things even further by expanding the amount of information that can be displayed.

Now, on top of missed calls and messages, users can also check their calendar for events and view notifications from various apps. For example, they can get song information from music apps.

In addition, with the new Direct Access feature, users can easily react to notifications and automatically launch an app or the music player by simply double tapping the notification that is displayed. This makes it possible for users to quickly reply to messages, edit calendar information or pause a song. Direct Access not only adds convenience, it also saves users valuable time.

 

Ultimate Personalization

In addition to offering superior convenience, the Always On Display provides a variety of personalization options, making the Galaxy Note7 as unique as its user.

Users can customize the Always On Display from the Settings menu by selecting from a wide array of clock faces and modes, as well as calendars and images. Users can select their favorite image from the Internet or their smartphone Gallery as the Always On Display background. Users can also edit the font style and color, and even set their own signature.

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Saving Power

Although the Always On Display continuously displays key information, it is power efficient, using less than 1 percent of battery per hour.

With the Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note7, the black pixels completely shut off, enabling the Always On Display capability. Also, Samsung was able to decrease the power consumption of the display’s related components, such as the Display Driver IC (DDI), which consumes the most power, the Application Processor (AP) and other various sensors.

To further improve performance of the DDI, Samsung separated the power usage process into two modes – the normal mode and Always On Display mode – by applying the Smart Power Saving hardware algorithm, reducing power consumption even when the display is in sleep mode.

In another effort to minimize power waste, Samsung integrated technology that enables users to turn the Always On Display feature on or off. The Galaxy Note7’s proximity, RGB light sensors and its accelerometer determine if the Always On Display should be on or off, depending on the device’s external environment. For instance, if the Galaxy Note7 senses that the device is in a pocket or bag, the Always On Display will turn off.

In addition, the Always On Display automatically turns off when the phone’s battery goes below 5 percent, or when the user activates the Night Clock, which is located on the device’s edge display.

 

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Galaxy Note7 Security Enhanced with Updated Knox 2.7

23 August 2016 – The Galaxy Note7 is a smartphone that lets users do more. Equipped with Knox 2.7, the latest version of Samsung’s mobile security solution, the device boasts numerous features that are of great benefit to enterprise users in particular. Designed with security, manageability and productivity in mind, Knox 2.7 offers deeper protection of personal and work data, as well as greater convenience than ever before.

 

A New Knox 2.7 for Next-Level Security

First and foremost, Knox 2.7 has vastly enhanced core kernel security, thanks to the addition of Control Flow Protection defense.

When a smartphone’s software needs the hardware to do anything, from changing the brightness of the screen to initiating a call, it sends a request to the kernel. As the most central part of the operating system, security attacks here can be the most destructive.

In particular, one of the most problematic and stealthy kernel attacks is called Jump-Oriented Programming (JOP), which is when a hacker tries to interrupt processing to gain elevated access to resources that are normally protected from an application or user. But Knox 2.7 has significantly reduced the dangers of this type of attack.

Knox 2.7 has also taken advantage of the Galaxy Note7’s iris scanner to provide an entirely new level of security. Not only is an iris scan more secure and accurate than a fingerprint scan, but its protective efficacy also proves useful for unlocking and accessing the Knox container. IT administrators, working with MDMs, can now apply this unique authentication method, giving them more flexibility in implementing device security.

Yet another new security solution enabled by Knox technology is Secure Folder—a separate, encrypted folder that lets users manage private apps and sensitive files securely. Incorporating changes made based on user feedback, this improved feature comes preloaded on the device. With simple setup right from the Settings menu, along with a user-friendly UX, Secure Folder is as convenient as it is secure. It can even be hidden so that no one even knows it exists.

 

Unrivaled Manageability

One of the most important elements of maintaining good security in the workplace is keeping firmware up to date. In fact, just a few devices with outdated firmware can create security risks for all.

Knox 2.7 eliminates this problem, giving a company’s IT department more control over firmware updates. Using Firmware Over the Air (FOTA), IT managers can ensure everyone has the latest and most appropriate firmware on their devices over the carrier network. IT admins also now have the option to specify the official update version at their own preferred time without user interaction for more efficient device management.

But Knox 2.7 doesn’t just enable IT administrators to manage employees’ firmware. The new update also makes device enrollment easier and faster.

IT managers of large enterprises usually have large fleets of devices to maintain, and often must rely on mobile enrollment of devices to do so. With Knox 2.7, IT departments using one of Samsung’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) partners can now use cellular networks in addition to Wi-Fi to complete the mobile enrollment of large numbers of devices in bulk.

The addition of the cellular network option to mobile enrollment is especially useful for people in high security fields like the government, where Wi-Fi might not be used because of internal security concerns. But with Knox 2.7, now even government officials can get their devices enrolled and ready to use remotely.

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Smarter Features for Enhanced Productivity

Corporations rely on Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory for everyday work tasks. Knox 2.7 continues to support Active Directory Single Sign On (SSO), a feature that allows users to connect to multiple applications that use a common authentication mechanism. It has also been significantly enhanced to better support these services, with many improvements based on user feedback.

First of all, it allows for the storage and management of up to five older S/MIME certificates (the digital signature and encryption standard for email). That way, users can access all their emails, even those that use older encryption keys.

In addition, Knox 2.7 has more sophisticated phone number access, with better recognition of extension numbers. Previously, the Contacts app misinterpreted numbers with extensions. But now, with an Exchange-compatible dialer format, when a contact is entered with an extension, the Samsung device deciphers it correctly and connects to it properly.

Knox 2.7 also brings a very useful addition to the car. Phone Book Access (PBA) allows a user’s Car Kit to access phone numbers and contact information for both their Personal and Knox Workspace accounts without moving the data. Previously, drivers did not have access to contacts in the protected Knox Workspace via a Bluetooth connection but Knox 2.7 allows IT administrators to enable or disable this function.

With the introduction of Knox 2.7, Samsung’s leading mobile security solution is even safer and more versatile than before. Anchored in the device’s hardware, Samsung’s highly manageable Knox 2.7 protects users’ personal and work information, all the while ensuring maximized productivity.

 

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 Knox Security Features Explained

On August 25, 2016, Samsung Malaysia hosted an exclusive Samsung Galaxy Note7 Enterprise Business Showcase at the Marriott Putrajaya. At this event, Samsung focused on the enterprise and business aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, focusing on the new Samsung Knox 2.7 security features.  

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Knox Security Explained

Mr. Young Kim, Vice President of Samsung’s Global B2B Service Group, flew in to give a detailed explanation of the new Galaxy Note7 Knox security features. Check it out :

 

Five New Security Solutions

Thanks to its Samsung Knox security features, iris scanning capability, S-Pen and IP68 water-resistance, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 is designed to address the business and security needs of enterprise users in the field. They help enable the five new security solutions introduced by Samsung at the same event. [adrotate banner=”4″] The new Samsung Cloud Document Solution will benefit corporate professionals and government officials by providing them secured access to classified documents stored in the cloud. Knox Customization allows for software customization on the Galaxy Note7 where corporate IT administrators can add corporate boot image and wallpaper, preload certain applications, and pre-set the device settings. For officers on the field, Incident Report Solution allows them to report incidents and document cases to the system and track progress. Konnected Patrol, on the other hand, authenticates the security officers actual check-in to the sites assigned by the headquarters and identifies the right personnel at the premises. Finally, Secure Document Delivery works specifically to ensure that important parcels are delivered and signed by authorised personnel. These include military delivery of goods and food, weapons real-time monitoring, and security firms’ delivery of cash.  

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Key Features Revealed

For those who have not read up on the cool features introduced in the Samsung Galaxy Note7, don’t worry. In this video, Mr. Julian Thean, Senior Product Manager, Samsung Malaysia, goes through the new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note7.

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Fun & Games On The Samsung Galaxy Note7

19 August 2016 – Smartphones have given us the ability to easily transition between work and play, and the Galaxy Note7 is no exception. Equipped with HDR streaming capabilities, which make video content look more vivid and lifelike, best-in-class gaming with new titles supported by Vulkan API, and advanced camera technology, the newest Galaxy Note smartphone provides a rich entertainment experience that’s as mobile as we are. Furthermore, an enhanced Gear VR headset, which now supports expanded compatibility, offers an even more immersive virtual experience.

 

Truer Colors, A Clearer Picture

To provide a better viewing experience, the film industry has continually improved video resolution—from HD to Full HD to Ultra HD. Most recently, the UHD Alliance, a consortium of production studios, content networks, tech companies and TV manufacturers—including Samsung—shifted their focus to High Dynamic Range (HDR).

Equipped with Super AMOLED Display, HDR video streaming technology enables a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black, to ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended.

Now Galaxy Note7 users can stream HDR video in HDR10 format, a standard that denotes a color depth based on a 10-bit signal. Therefore, they can experience the same HDR color and quality on their mobile device as they can on a television.

Samsung was able to bring this extraordinary technology to the Galaxy Note7 by utilizing Mobile Digital Natural Image Engine (mDNIe) technology and the Super AMOLED display.

The powerful mDNIe chipset, which was designed by Samsung, is the most advanced image processing engine to date, and ensures that dark and bright colors appear the way they do in real life. It also makes use of the Galaxy Note7’s 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display—which exhibits the largest range of colors and brightness among smartphone displays—to vividly and clearly express the colors intended by the content developer.

The chipset also allows the smartphone to seamlessly process streamed HDR content without straining the battery, meaning users can stay immersed in their favorite TV shows and movies for even longer.

 

All Fun and Games

In February, Samsung set a new industry standard with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, which were the first smartphones to support Vulkan, an API that brings more robust and responsive performance and power efficiency to gaming.

Samsung once again incorporated Vulkan into the Galaxy Note7, giving gamers the ability to play high-performance, graphic-intensive games for even longer, and also giving developers an unprecedented tool to create unique gaming experiences.

With the Galaxy Game Pack, available through Google Play, users can access top game titles, an easy redemption process and new user benefits.

 

Virtual Reality Gets Real

Since the launch of the first Gear VR in 2014, Samsung has continued to innovate in the VR space by offering a robust VR ecosystem with the Gear 360 as well as an enhanced Gear VR headset.

Brought to life by the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, Gear VR provides engaging content, putting users in the center of the action for a more immersive experience. By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, the latest version now supports USB Type-C and micro-USB port connections, giving even more users access to the world of VR.

Furthermore, with improved lenses and ergonomics, the updated headset lets users more comfortably view 360-degree videos and create Gear 360 content. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived through the ultra-immersive Gear VR. Together with the Galaxy Note7, the new Gear VR is a gateway to new experiences and great adventures.

 

Picture-Perfect

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that debuted on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, allowing users to capture important memories in true-to-life colors. Dual-pixel technology, a wide aperture and fast autofocus work together to capture sharp images, even in low-light conditions, so that users never miss a shareable moment.

While the camera of the Galaxy Note7 boasts the same great specs, it has been updated to provide a more streamlined, intuitive user experience.

With improved lenses and ergonomics, as well as expanded compatibility with more Samsung smartphones and USB devices, the new and improved Gear VR headset challenges the very concept of virtual reality, redefining the limits of what it’s capable of.

Brought to life by the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, Gear VR provides the ultimate in engaging content, putting users in the center of the action for a more immersive experience. Together with the Galaxy Note7, the device is a gateway to new experiences and great adventures.

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A Refined Design

The most evident change of the Gear VR is its new body color, Blue Black. Not only does this new hue enhance the device’s aesthetic, but it also helps to prevent light reflection to provide a more cinematic experience than the previous model. In addition, the device now also features a home key that instantly directs users to Oculus Home, the official landing page of Gear VR.

 

Expanded Compatibility, Enhanced Connectivity

With two different device holders—USB Type-C and Micro USB—included as inbox items, the new Gear VR is compatible with more Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy Note7, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+.

Furthermore, an external USB port (USB Hub 2.0) has been added to enable connectivity with third-party USB devices, as well as charging during use. With the ability to connect to a wider array of external sensors, motion controllers, 4D experience tools and OTG USB memory, Gear VR offers an experience that is more interactive than ever before.

 

Optical Lenses That Can See More

The new Gear VR headset is also equipped with larger lenses. With an increased diameter of 42 millimeters, the lenses improve the field of view to 101 degrees to offer a more natural feel.

And, with Samsung’s crystal clear Super AMOLED displays, users can enjoy low persistence images, along with a high 60 frames-per-second frame rate for less motion blur and juddering. As a result, virtual reality content viewed on the Gear VR is now even more realistic.

 

Seamless Navigation of More Contents

To enable users to make full use of the new Gear VR, Samsung offers a vaster selection of high quality VR content with intuitive content navigation.

With the Gear VR web browser, users can browse more than 300 VR apps including over a hundred games, along with a variety of videos, educational apps and immersive experiences. The Samsung Picks section offers a list of 15 recommended apps for those looking to try something new.

The browser is easy to use, and the immersive graphic user interface creates a seamless environment so users can enjoy their favorite 2D and 3D contents.

Forward looking and backward compatible, the new Gear VR is capable of breaking down the barriers of what today’s virtual reality technology can do, and what tomorrow’s can offer.

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The Galaxy Note7 Iris Scanner Explained

In a world that is more digitally connected than ever before, keeping your personal data safe is essential. That’s why the Galaxy Note7 provides best-in-class security features, like the new iris scanning technology, familiar fingerprint scanning capabilities and Samsung’s trusted Knox security platform.

Samsung’s fingerprint scanning technology has been widely used to ensure device security and protection of data, such as mobile payment information on services like Samsung Pay. But with the Galaxy Note7, new iris scanning technology has been integrated to provide users with an additional form of authentication to reinforce security.

With this innovative, highly-secure technology, users don’t even need to touch their phone to verify their identity; they simply need to look at the device’s screen to complete the scanning process.

 

Note7 Iris Scanner

For Your Eyes Only

Iris scanning is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern recognition of images of an individual’s iris, either from one or both eyes.

To obtain these images, an authentication device scans the iris—which is the thin, colored ring of the eye that opens and shuts the pupil like a camera shutter, thus regulating the amount of light that reaches the retina.

 

 

Each individual has a uniquely different and highly intricate iris pattern in each eye, which is completely developed at a very young age and remains unchanged throughout one’s lifetime. This, combined with the fact that iris patterns are almost impossible to replicate, makes iris scanning one of the most secure and reliable biometric techniques available.

As a result, it is widely being used for access control in pharmaceutical dispensing, border control and airport security. Samsung has had success with this technology with the Galaxy Tab Iris, a highly secure biometric device created for government organizations and enterprises in India.

Bringing Biometrics to the Smartphone

Once a user registers his or her iris information on the Galaxy Note7, it is stored as an encrypted code. When a user attempts to access content, such as a protected app, the infrared (IR) LED and Iris camera work together to capture the iris pattern for recognition, extract and digitize the pattern, and compare the digitized pattern with the encrypted code to verify access.

 

Samsung was able to apply two new components to enable iris recognition without sacrificing the design of the Galaxy Note7. To do so, the device was equipped with a dedicated iris camera, which utilizes a special image filter to receive and recognize the reflected images of the irises with a red IR LED light.

This red light allows for the best range for iris scanning. Furthermore, unlike traditional visible (or RGB) images, which can be affected by iris color or ambient light, infrared images display clear patterns and have low light reflection.

Samsung’s proprietary technology also makes use of the light emitted from the Galaxy Note7’s display so the scanner can receive data even in low light environments.

Together, these components ensure that iris readings are accurate and speedy. In fact, iris scanning requires fewer registration trials and results in fewer false acceptances than fingerprint scanning.

And with the Galaxy Note7, users get the peace of mind knowing that their iris data is encrypted and stored safely in the hardware by the Knox platform, just as fingerprint data has been stored in the past. Furthermore, only one person can register his or her iris information, which means that even if the device is stolen or lost and someone else is able to gain access to the smartphone, the user’s iris information won’t be compromised.

The IR LED of the Galaxy Note7 is also safe to use with no health implications associated with the technology, and received the highest International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62471 (photo biological stability) certification level. In addition, the device will automatically switch off if it detects that the human eye is too close or exposed too long to the IR LED sensor.

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All Eyes on Mobile Security

Leveraging this iris scanning technology, the Galaxy Note7 offers newly added services to provide an additional layer of security.

The first is Secure Folder, a separate folder that lets users manage private apps and files securely via fingerprint, iris scanner, pattern or PIN.

Users may leverage this service to keep private and personal data, such as banking information, completely separate on their smartphone. It’s also a great tool for parents who want to block access to specific games or content from their children. Secure Folder is easy to use and has few restrictions for content storing or app sharing on the device.

Another added security feature, Samsung Pass, enables users to quickly log into websites on the Samsung Internet Browser using biometric authentication. Because users don’t have to waste time constantly inputting a username or password, Samsung Pass adds an element of convenience to the latest addition of the Galaxy Note lineup.

In addition to secure storing and faster access, Samsung is also establishing partnerships with major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank and U.S. Bank to explore the integration of the iris scanner into mobile banking apps.

But mobile banking is only the beginning. As developers start to make use of the device’s onboard iris scanner to enable the verification of transactions and other activities, Samsung’s iris scanning technology will expand to various industries.

As we continue to store and have access to more private and highly sensitive information on our phones, the Galaxy Note7 delivers the security users trust and the privacy they rely on.

For enterprise, iris scanning technology can also be used to authenticate access to Knox Workspace container that is a trusted by many of our enterprise customers to reinforce security via their corporate EMM solution of choice.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Design Features

15 August 2016 – One of the most defining characteristics of the Galaxy Note series is the analog relationship it establishes with its users. Furthermore, its signature S Pen enables them to make a physical connection with the device—an attribute that sets it apart from other smartphones.

When designing the Galaxy Note7, Samsung designers spent a great amount of time outside the studio to examine how users interacted with and used their mobile devices on a daily basis.

Rather than using the traditional visually-led approach, they focused on the experience of interacting with the phone’s physical qualities. These efforts allowed them to create the Galaxy Note7, combining innovation and technology with a more user-focused approach.

As a result, the Galaxy Note7 is perfectly symmetrical, merging form and function to provide the comfort, convenience and grip that enable users to do more and get more out of their smartphone. Likewise, Samsung has refined the device’s UX to provide a seamless interaction between the user and the device.

 

Galaxy Note7 Design Features

New Curves, Carefully Refined Details

The Galaxy Note7 is the first in the Galaxy Note series to boast a dual-edge display—an addition that stays true to Samsung’s design heritage. To incorporate this elegant aesthetic, Samsung had to find a way to maintain a flat screen surface for writing, while also ensuring enough space for storing the S Pen.

For those reasons, the subtle curves like those on the Galaxy S smartphones wouldn’t suffice. Therefore, Samsung carried out the most advanced 3D thermoforming process ever attempted on a phone to create extremely steep curves with a tighter radius at the very outer edges of the glass so not a single millimeter of writing space would be wasted.

Samsung applied the same radius to the device’s edges on both the front and back of the Galaxy Note7, a different approach than the one used on the Galaxy Note5, which also featured a curved design. This resulted in a device that is perfectly symmetrical—from top to bottom, side to side, and front to back.

To complete the balance, the glass and metal parts of the phone were fused together to allow for a more seamless and even surface. In fact, there are no edges or unnecessary surface protrusions between the different materials. The camera protrusion was also greatly minimized, making the device even easier on the eyes and smoother to the touch. These changes provide a more natural feel in the hand.

 

An Enhanced Look and Feel

The dimensions of the Galaxy Note7 are also different than those of the previous model. It is now more compact in size with a narrow body, but boasts the same large 5.7-inch screen with a bezel less than half the size of the Galaxy Note5.

Despite the addition of the Galaxy Note7’s iris camera and IR LED sensor, the device’s slim upper bezel is maintained thanks to the new technology.

In addition, the Galaxy Note7’s touch sensor is directly printed on the display panel. The device is also lighter than its predecessor, in spite of its larger battery.

These factors, along with the smartphone’s new dual-edge display and symmetrical design, make for a much better grip. Never before has a Galaxy Note been so easy to hold and operate in one hand.

Samsung, for the first time, decided to create a separate colour for the phone’s metallic frame. The resulting colour combination is both stunning and calming in the three colour variants available—Black Onyx, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. As a bonus, interactive wallpapers that complement each colour have been added.

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Strong and Sturdy

Despite its beautiful aesthetic, thanks to its Aluminum 7000 Series metal, the Galaxy Note7 is 1.3 times stronger and 1.2 times more scratch resistant than the metal used on the Galaxy S7.

Also integrated into the design is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which has an extremely high resistance to scratches and damages. This new glass is designed to provide further protection against breakage from everyday drops. So much so that in rigorous lab tests, it survived drops onto rough, unforgiving surfaces up to four times better than competitive glass designs.

As the first Note model to be IP68 certified, the entire phone (including the S Pen) is water and dust resistant. As a result, the Galaxy Note7 is now further protected from spills, and can be used in wet environments—even underwater.*

 

Pure and Simple

Samsung made subtle yet impactful enhancements to the user interface of the Galaxy Note7 to create a more natural, frictionless user experience.

First, the colours, shapes and overall design of the graphical user interface were simplified for a more orderly aesthetic, while the focus was shifted to function, information and content. To enhance consistency, Samsung made the icons uniformly rounded, while simultaneously softening their colours.

The most noticeable changes to the UX, however, are in the Settings and Quick Panel menus, which consist of much simpler graphical interfaces. Here, the menu trees and categories have been simplified* so that tasks can be completed in less steps, with fewer taps.

Finally, the number of Task edge features has increased. Now, users can do even more, such as record an exercise in S Health, create a drawing or view unread emails from the edge of their device.

Thanks to its refined design and outstanding durability, the comfort and convenience of the Galaxy Note7 are unsurpassed. Furthermore, its streamlined and intuitive UX provides the seamless experience that users have come to expect. Pushing the boundaries of design, the Galaxy Note7 features true craftsmanship and industry-leading innovation.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 S Pen Introduced

9 August 2016 – The Galaxy Note7 S Pen, the signature of the Galaxy Note series—provides an experience that extends beyond traditional writing and navigational capabilities.

With a smaller pen tip and increased pressure sensitivity, the S Pen of the Galaxy Note7 replicates the ease and accuracy of a real pen more so than any previous model. Furthermore, it is the first to be water resistant.

Its new Screen off memo on Always On Display feature provides users with a way to better remember important events and tasks, while the new, integrated Samsung Notes app lets them manage all their S Pen creations from one convenient location. New Air Command functions like Translate and Magnify expand the device’s usability. And, with more pen styles and brush types, the new S Pen lets users unleash their creativity to better express themselves.

Check out more of the improvements of the latest S Pen and how they bring the Galaxy Note7 to life, providing unsurpassed convenience so users can do even more, faster than before.

 

Note7 S Pen Key Features

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Check Out The Yes Galaxy Note7 Pre-Order Offers!

Yes, the 4G brand under YTL Communications, is offering online pre-orders for the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note7. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, which retails at RM3,199 (inclusive of GST), is available for pre-order at the Yes Online Store from as low as RM1,599 (inclusive of GST) with eligible Yes 4G LTE postpaid plans.

With Yes Galaxy Note7 bundle plan offers, customers can own the smartphone for less than RM150 per month when they sign up for Yes Postpaid 128, or less than RM100 per month when they go for Yes Postpaid 88. The best part is that these pre-order customers can get their hands on their Note 7 on 18 August 2016, one day before the official launch date in Malaysia.

Starting today until 10 August 2016, customers who pre-order Samsung Galaxy Note7 from the Yes Online Store will also receive a wireless charging stand worth RM279, a 10,200mAh battery pack worth RM359 and a travel adapter worth RM139 – all completely free.

With the Yes Galaxy Note7 bundle plans, Yes offers customers the chance to enjoy total savings of up to RM2,377. What’s more, the upfront plan payment will be fully rebated over the duration of 24 months. That means customers can own a Samsung Galaxy Note7 from as low as RM67.25 (RM71.28 with GST) every month after the rebates, and enjoy extremely high monthly data allowance of up to 38GB – 24GB 4G LTE plus 14GB 4G Broadband in a single price plan. These plan bundles also come with free on-net VoLTE (Voice over LTE) calls, video calls and SMS, as well as a 24-month plan contract.

This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note7 with Yes Postpaid Bundle among the most value-for-money bundle offerings to date in Malaysia. With the new bundles, consumers not only are able to enjoy seamless access to information anytime, anywhere with Yes’ two robust 4G networks – the Yes 4G LTE and 4G Broadband – but they can do so on their brand new Note7, now with more 4G LTE mobile data and free high definition, crystal clear on-net VoLTE calls.

Alternatively, customers can purchase just the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone with an exclusive 10% discount, which comes to RM2,880 (inclusive of GST). Each pre-order purchase of Note 7 from the Yes Online Store comes with a free Yes 4G LTE prepaid SIM and is bundled with free 30GB data, 200 off-net voice minutes and 200 SMS, as well as unlimited calls and SMS from Yes to Yes numbers – all valid for 2 months.

Interested customers who pre-order their 64GB variant Galaxy Note7 from Yes can choose between three colour variants, namely Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Gold Platinum. The Galaxy Note7 runs on Exynos 8890 Octo-core processor and Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow, with a 4GB RAM for smooth mobile performance.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Available @ Maxis Centres

Kuala Lumpur, 9 August 2016 – In anticipation of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 coming to Malaysia, Maxis is enabling customers to pre-order this much awaited device until 10 August via Maxis Online Store, and enjoy savings up to RM1,096.

Even better, customers can upgrade to the Galaxy Note7 at zero upfront cost, and zero credit card needed with Maxis Zerolution from as low as RM101 a month at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners (MEPs) nationwide.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note7 Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 will be available at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners (MEPs) nationwide beginning 19 August.

Thousands of Zerolution customers who signed up a year ago are eligible for the annual upgrade to the Note7. Only 100 customers will be able to get their device on 18 August, one day before the launch date. They are also eligible to get a FREE Gear VR as well as other phone accessories such as a wireless charger stand, power bank and travel adapter worth more than RM700.

Thousands of Zerolution customers who signed up a year ago are eligible for the annual upgrade to the Note7. Only 100 customers will be able to get their device on 18 August, one day before the launch date. They are also eligible to get a FREE Gear VR as well as other phone accessories such as a wireless charger stand, power bank and travel adapter worth more than RM700.

Here’s a video explaining how easy it is to upgrade to the Note7 on Zerolution:

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The Complete Samsung Galaxy Note7 Pre-Order Details

Kuala Lumpur, 5 August 2016 – Just a few days after its big reveal at the Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event in New York City, London and Rio de Janeiro, the revolutionary Samsung Galaxy Note7 phablet has seen nods of approval from thousands of fans and tech enthusiasts around the world.

In Malaysia, fans are at the edge of their seats waiting for the arrival of Samsung’s most anticipated flagship from the Galaxy Note series. To celebrate this positive reception, Samsung Malaysia Electronics is opening pre-orders for their latest Galaxy Note as early as this coming Monday, 8th August 2016 at 10:00am!

Fans eager to get their hands on this coveted Galaxy Note7 will be pleased to note that Samsung is introducing exclusive Galaxy Note7 pre-order deals for the first 4,000 units, where Malaysians can expect savings and rewards worth up to RM957.

Apart from a free 10,200 mAh Battery Pack and a Wireless Charging Stand, these 4,000 earlybirds will receive an exclusive 10% discount for the Galaxy Note7 which retails at RM3,199 / ~US$ 799.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 Pre-Order Steps

Step 1: Access the online Galaxy Note7 pre-order site at www.samsung.com/my/note7preorder and read the terms and conditions of the Galaxy Note7 pre-order before proceeding with your pre-order.

Step 2: Select colour option and preferred collection point out of 74 Samsung participating stores.

Step 3: Make deposit payment of RM300 via Paypal and look out for Note7 pre-order confirmation email in inbox.

Step 4: Make your way to your pre-selected choice of outlet between 18th-21st August and pay balance
payment to collect your unit.

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The Galaxy Note7 Compared Against The Galaxy Note5

With the Galaxy Note7, Samsung focused on refining craftsmanship and optimizing usability to help users get more out of life. The device is water and dust resistant, and features a symmetrical dual-edge design with an enhanced S Pen. Furthermore, it offers top-of-the-line security with new iris scanning technology, and its new USB Type-C connection port makes charging and transferring data easier than ever.

Here is a great infographic of the new Galaxy Note7 compared against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note5. This will be very helpful for those who are wondering if it’s “worth” upgrading from the Note5 to the new Galaxy Note7. Explore some of the other ways Samsung made its newest flagship smartphone the best yet!

 

Galaxy Note7 Compared Against The Note5

Note : The Galaxy Note5 shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop, but recently received the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade. Eventually, the Note7 will receive the next-generation Android 7.0 Nougat update.

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Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Note7 Phablet

2 August 2016Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. continues to drive the smartphone market with the Galaxy Note7 by building on the company’s category-defining leadership with innovative features that set a new standard for large-screen devices. With refined craftsmanship, premium materials and a unique, symmetrical edge design, the Galaxy Note7 features:

  • A water resistant body and S Pen (IP68)*
  • Top-of-the-line security that combines Samsung Knox with biometric authentication including a new iris scanning feature
  • Immersive entertainment features with HDR video streaming capabilities.

The Galaxy Note7 strikes a balance between work and play, enabling people to achieve more than what they thought possible on a smartphone.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, with strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to help users get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

 

Galaxy Note7 S Pen: Quickly and Easily Bring Ideas to Life

The enhanced Galaxy Note7 S Pen is more than just a writing tool – it is the gateway to getting more done efficiently and accurately. Users can bring ideas to life the moment inspiration strikes without unlocking the screen by using Screen off memo and simply pinning the memo to the Always On Display. The S Pen also gives users the ability to easily create and share GIF animations with Smart Select.

In addition, the new Air Command functions, including Magnify and Translate, enable users to zoom in on the screen or convert languages with a simple hover of the S Pen. It is even easier to access the best of the S Pen’s creative abilities with Samsung Notes, a new unified app allowing users to jot down handwritten notes, draw, or edit memos from one location.

The new S Pen writes with ease and precision. The smaller 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity provides a real pen-like experience. With the peace of mind that IP68 water resistant provides, the Galaxy Note7 S Pen lets users jot down their thoughts without interruption, even when the screen gets wet.

 

Advanced Security: Now in the Blink of an Eye

Samsung understands the importance of keeping content on users’ phone protected. Coupled with Samsung Knox, an industry-leading security platform, the Galaxy Note7 provides heightened security and privacy, with highly advanced biometric authentication, including fingerprint scanner and iris scanning technology. The Galaxy Note7 offers more authentication options that can be used interchangeably depending on how people use their phones, wherever they are, or whatever they are doing.

The Galaxy Note7 instills a new level of user confidence with Secure Folder, a separated folder that adds an extra layer of authentication to keep private and personal information safe. The iris recognition technology will also be used to authenticate secure purchases that are made on Samsung Pay**. The Galaxy Note7 will also support Samsung Pass, bringing authentication such as iris scanning and fingerprint recognition to more apps and services.

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Best-in-Class Entertainment

The phone is one of the most important screens in a user’s life because it’s with them all of the time. The Galaxy Note7 features a gorgeous, curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen delivering a bold and immersive picture on a smartphone. It is ready to stream HDR video, enabling a cinema-like experience including brighter colors and a deeper black, which ensure users get the full experience that the filmmaker intended. The Galaxy Note7 also features Game Pack, available through Google Play, including top game titles, an easier redemption process and new user benefits.

By pairing the Galaxy Note7 with the new Gear VR powered by Oculus, users can experience premium virtual reality almost anywhere. Galaxy Note7’s incredible Super AMOLED screen and powerful processor delivers an ultra-immersive experience. The vast and ever growing library of apps, photos, games and more puts, users in the center of the action. Whether it’s next level gaming or journeying to places users have never been before, there’s always something new to discover.

For people who live to create, tell stories and transport people to entirely new worlds, the Galaxy Note7 can be used with the new high-resolution (3840 x 1920) Gear 360 camera, to capture, edit and share 360-degree images videos on the go. These memories can then be shared with friends via platforms including YouTube 360 and Facebook, and can be relived with the ultra-immersive Gear VR.

 

Galaxy Foundation with Refined Craftsmanship

With Galaxy Note7, Samsung continues to defy boundaries of engineering to perfect the user experience through innovative design. Every edge, surface and detail of the device’s design has been refined to provide a comfortable grip, easier one-handed operation, and durability with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Although the Galaxy Note7 features a large-screen, the unique front-to-back symmetrical dual-edge curve remains balanced and light with the sleek feel users have come to love from the Galaxy series. The curved screen lets the Galaxy Note7 add the powerful Edge Panel for one-tap user access to applications, news and functions.

The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with the advanced camera that was introduced on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge The dual-pixel sensor technology, wide aperture and fast auto focus, work together to create sharp and beautiful photos even in low-light environments.

In addition to 64GB of internal memory, the Galaxy Note7 offers expandable storage and microSD support up to 256GB. The Galaxy Note7 is equipped with a 3,500mAh battery, easy Power Management UX through Smart Manager, and charges quickly using the new USB-C port. Recharge the Galaxy Note7 wherever wireless charging is available.

A new line of accessories will be available to complement the Galaxy Note7, including the new S View Standing Cover, a light and portable cover that can be used to prop the device at a 60-degree angle for easy viewing of content, as well as an IP68 water resistant Backpack for on-the-go charging.

 

Creating a Phone+ Ecosystem of Connected Experiences

The Galaxy Note7 is more than just a smartphone; it’s a connection point to Samsung’s ecosystem of devices, software and services. Users can monitor their fitness activities on the Gear Fit2 or Gear IconX and track their data through S Health 5.0.** In addition to accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, the new S Health enables users to stay connected to family and friends by sharing fitness updates or competing in friendly challenges with one another.

With the Galaxy Note7, consumers can use the iris scanner to access value-added Samsung services like Samsung Pay** for quick and easy mobile payments.

The Smart Switch feature has been enhanced further with Samsung Cloud, which supports a seamless device experience by providing continuous backup and easy transfer of content including data, apps, settings and layouts between devices. Galaxy Note7 users will be able to use up to 15GB of free space to store and restore information on Samsung Cloud.**

The Galaxy Note7, available in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx, will arrive on Malaysian shores starting 19th August 2016 and will retail at RM3,199. To be the first to own the revolutionary Galaxy Note7, get ready for the online pre-order commencing from 8th to 10th August 2016 where only 4,000 units will be available for order! Stay tuned for more updates on the great deals extended exclusively for this pre-order only.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7 Product Specifications

 

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