Sep 22, 2017

Of Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Song Ji Hyo...

Yours truly was at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur yesterday early, but even as early as I was, there were already dozens of  people there who were there to witness the official launch of Samsung’s most advanced device of the year, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and of course to see the lovely Goddess of Luck of Korea’s Running Man, Song Ji Hyo Live in person...

The latest and the current ultimate productivity tool the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is able to drive achievers to do bigger things in work and life, with its combination of powerful features and ground-breaking innovations.

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The new Galaxy Note8 features a refined design, an enhanced S Pen, a best-in-class dual camera, and innovative entertainment and productivity capabilities to help people do bigger things. It is more than just a smartphone — it is a device that works the way we live, and empowers us to make things happen..

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The innovative features and the sleek design of the Galaxy Note8 definitely stole the hearts and minds of tech enthusiasts.. while Song Ji-Hyo captured the attention of invited guests and sent the crowd into a rapturous cheer. 

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The Korean gameshow star was here in Malaysia on a mission to show Malaysian fans a new form of communication using the Galaxy Note8’s newest S Pen feature, Live Message.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of the Galaxy Note series so as soon as I heard Samsung was launching the Galaxy Note8 in Malaysia, I immediately got on board. This was the perfect opportunity for me to engage with my Malaysian fans and show them what I’ve been practising back home! Communication today has evolved tremendously compared to when we had limited options. With today’s technology, we can express ourselves in ways we never could before; and this makes communicating so fun and exciting! Check out all my fun giftographs I designed with the Note8’s S Pen!” exclaimed Song Ji-Hyo at the Galaxy Note8 launch event.

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Lucky fans and members of the media were chosen by Song Ji Hyo to get a selfie taken with her as well...

Samsung continues to showcase its heritage in both hardware and software innovation with the Galaxy Note8. The phone easily fits in one hand, has an innovative display design and technologies, and a line-up of thoughtfully designed accessories.

Enjoy and Do More on the Infinity Display

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The Galaxy Note8 has the biggest screen ever on a Note device, yet its narrow body makes it comfortable to hold in one hand. The 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display lets you see more and scroll less. The Galaxy Note8 gives you more room to watch, read and draw—making it the ultimate multitasking smartphone.  

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Note users have long been able to do more with Multi Window. With the Galaxy Note8, the new App Pair feature lets you create a custom pair of apps on the Edge Panel and simultaneously launch two apps with ease. Watch a video while messaging your friends or dial into a conference call with the number and agenda in front of you.

A New Way to Communicate with the S Pen
Since its introduction, the S Pen has been one of the Note’s defining features. With the Galaxy Note8, the enhanced S Pen unlocks entirely new ways to write, draw, and interact with the phone and communicate with friends. It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity, and features that enable users to express themselves in ways that no other stylus or smartphone ever has.

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When communicating with text just isn’t enough, Live Message allows you to reveal your unique personality and tell expressive stories. With the Galaxy Note8, you can now share animated texts or drawings across platforms that support animated GIFs. It’s a whole new way to communicate with the S Pen—adding lively and emotional connections that bring your messages to life.

The Always On Display allows Galaxy users to stay on top of their notifications without unlocking their phone. And with the Galaxy Note8, it’s even more powerful. Screen off memo allows you to take up to one-hundred pages of notes as soon as you remove the S Pen, pin notes to the Always On Display and make edits directly from the Always On Display.

For overseas travels or when you come across a website in a foreign language, the improved S Pen Translate feature lets you hover over text to quickly translate not only individual words, but entire sentences in up to 71 languages, and instantly convert units and foreign currencies.

Better Pictures with Galaxy Note8’s Best-in-Class Camera

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For most consumers, one of the things they look for when purchasing a new device is the camera. Samsung set the standard for smartphone cameras and with the Galaxy Note8; we are delivering our most powerful smartphone camera yet.

The Galaxy Note8 is the first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Dual Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. Whether you are exploring a new city or running around your backyard, OIS lets you capture sharper images.

For more advanced photo-taking, the Galaxy Note8’s Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and after you take the photo. In Dual Capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously and allow you to save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

The wide-angle lens has a Dual Pixel sensor with rapid Auto Focus, so you can capture sharper, clearer shots even in low-light environments. The Galaxy Note8 is also equipped with an industry-leading 8MP Smart Auto Focus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats. 

Galaxy of Features and Services
The Galaxy Note8 is built on the Galaxy legacy—a collection of unique features and capabilities that, together, have redefined the mobile experience:

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·       Water and Dust Resistance: Four years ago, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy device with water resistance. And today, you can take your Note almost anywhere you want with water and dust resistance (IP68*) on the device and the S Pen. You can write even when the display is wet.

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·       Fast Wireless Charging: Two years ago, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy device with wireless charging. The Galaxy Note8 supports the most advanced wireless charging capabilities yet, so you can get a quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires.

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·       Security: The Galaxy Note8 offers a choice of biometric authentication options—including iris and fingerprint scanning. Samsung Knox provides defense-grade security at the hardware and software layers and with Secure Folder, keeps your personal and professional data separate.

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·       Powerful Performance: With 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and expandable memory (up to 256GB), you have the power you need to browse, stream, play games, and multitask.

·       Innovative Mobile Experiences: Samsung DeX enables a desktop experience, powered by your phone. You can keep your files on your device, conduct work on the go, and use Samsung DeX when you need an even bigger screen. The Galaxy Note8 includes Bixby, a smarter way to use your phone; it learns from you, improves over time, and helps you get more done.

Beyond Phone Experience
Beyond the essential features and typical phone experiences, the Galaxy Note8 elevates the experience for premiere mobile connectivity and entertainment with the new Gear VR with Controller (RRP: RM499). Enabling convenient one-handed control and navigation, the controller provides better motion interaction when accessing interactive VR content. With improved lenses, ergonomics, and expanded compatibility, the new and improved Gear VR headset challenges the very concept of virtual reality, redefining the limits of what it is capable of.

Adding on to the Galaxy ecosystem, the Galaxy Note8 pairs seamlessly to the brand’s latest GPS sports band, the enhanced water-resistant Gear Fit2 Pro, to help users stay motivated, maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve their fitness goals. A device that makes every move count, the new Gear Fit2 Pro features advanced built-in GPS tracking to capture your run or ride with accurate activity tracking. On top of its new swim and heart rate monitoring capabilities, Gear Fit2 Pro’s Super AMOLED curved 1.5-inch display and a high-resolution colour touchscreen make real-time updates and notifications easier to read.

Users can leave their physical wallet behind with Samsung Pay, turning their Galaxy Note8 into a digital wallet they can use almost anywhere they would use a credit or debit card. With more than 870 worldwide banking partnerships, Samsung Pay has processed more than 240 million transactions to date. Samsung Pay has also added a growing number of loyalty, membership and gift cards, and it continues to add innovative new features like Deals, which shows coupons and discounts at nearby stores that users can redeem instantly.

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The Galaxy Note8 is available in Malaysia beginning 21st September 2017. Offered at the recommended retail price of RM3,999 (inclusive of 6% GST), the Galaxy Note8 is available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Maple Gold.

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  1. A very impressive communication device I must say. Unfortunately, at that price point, it is really out of my league. Perhaps, I just don't place too high a priority on phones.

  2. still thinking to buy or not...looks like a good investment eh.

  3. Looks like a good phone but not sure if can afford it. Have lots of other commitments.

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  5. Mobile phones are good investment but it always depends on the purpose of why bought it. Is it for work, lifestyle, gaming or monitoring a business. Subway Surfers online game

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