Samsung Galaxy Note 8 available in Singapore from Sep 15

After missing a beat with the Galaxy Note 7, which resulted in a massive recall and lots of bad press, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8 with availability in Singapore from September 15.

Sporting a similar look to the Galaxy S8, the new smartphone’s key differentiator is the S Pen, which is designed to communicate in more personal ways. It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity, and features such as Live Messaging that enable users to better express themselves.

The always on display allows users to stay on top of notifications without unlocking their phone. Screen off memo lets them take up to one hundred pages of notes as soon as they remove the S Pen. Users can also pin notes to the always on display and make edits directly.

Those who travel overseas can use the improved S Pen Translate feature to hover over a website with foreign text to quickly translate not only individual words, but entire sentences in up to 71 languages, as well as instantly convert units and foreign currencies.

Dual rear camera
The Galaxy Note8 is equipped with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on both the wide-angle lens and the telephoto lens, allowing users to capture sharper images.

For more advanced photo-taking, the Galaxy Note 8’s live focus feature lets users control the depth of field by allowing them to adjust the bokeh effect in preview mode and after they take the photo.

In dual capture mode, both rear cameras take two pictures simultaneously and allow users 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 for 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.

According to Lee Jui Siang, President of Samsung Electronics Singapore. these features are designed to help users “push boundaries and do bigger things.”

Safety commitment
Not wanting a repeat of the previous generation, Samsung has put the Galaxy Note 8’s battery through its 8-Point Battery Safety Check, supposedly the most rigorous in the industry.

“We have been closely working with Samsung to make meaningful advancements in the science of smartphone quality and safety evaluation. As a result, the Galaxy Note 8 has successfully completed a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols. We look forward to maintaining our strategic relationship with Samsung to help ensure device safety for all consumers,” said Sajeev Jesudas, President of UL International.

Those interested can register their interest in the new phone with the local telcos (M1, Singtel and StarHub) from August 25. Consumers can also pre-order the Galaxy Note8 (without contract) via the Samsung Store online from 12pm at or visit Samsung Experience Stores from August 25.

The Galaxy Note 8 will be available from September 15 at a recommended retail price of S$1,398 including GST. Available in Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray, the device will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronic stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores, and Lazada Singapore.

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