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Hands-on the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and Singapore Pre-order news!

Following the mantra “you snooze you lose,” the most successful smartphone brands have in recent years followed up on their international product launches with localised showcases and quick availability. Samsung Mobile Singapore is a good case in point – they already had preview models of the new Galaxy Note8 smartphones on hand to follow-up on the global press event with a local media session the very next day, and we had a chance to try out the Note8’s features and gather more information on not only the device but also the pre-order campaign Samsung has now begun (from 25 August 2017, 12pm).

Local Specification, Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Note8 (64GB internal memory, Exynos 8895 Octa-core 4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz processors) be available in Singapore from 15 September 2017 at a recommended retail price of $1,398 including GST. At the time of this article Samsung Mobile Singapore have not commented on the future availability of the 128GB or 256GB versions in Singapore.

The Galaxy Note8 in the hand

As you can see the Galaxy Note8 uses the same 19.5:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8 Plus, though with a 0.1-inch bigger screen at 6.3-inches

 

The front of the Note8 is almost totally clean – except for the top mounted speaker – even the front mounted 8mp camera and dual-lens Iris scanner system are fixed behind the curved front glass

 

Pop out the S-pen and Samsung’s air-view activates

 

Screen Write lets you scribble a note directly to the screen – so you can annotate a photo or draw a moustache on your girlfriend’s pic (we don’t recommend this)

 

One notable difference between the Infinity Screen design of the Note8 with the S8 Plus is that the edges are squarer and there’s less of a curve, to give the Note8 a more business-like feel

 

With the implementation of Iris sensor technology, the fingerprint scanner has become a secondary feature and is now relegated to the back while the cameras are a normal ‘wide angle’ camera with 12MP sensor with Dual Pixel OIS AF (F1.7) and a ‘telephoto’ 12MP OIS AF (F2.4). And like all current generation smartphones, the Note8 is a fingerprint magnet!

 

Three colours are available in Singapore – Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray, with matching S-Pens

 

Like the Galaxy S8 devices, the Note8 syncs with Samsung’s DeX desktop station – both of which are also fully compatible with the hit mobile game Vainglory, which has been optimised for Samsung’s Vulkan API technology

Samsung Galaxy Note8 Singapore Pre-order and Registration of Interest

Pre-Order at telecommunication operators
Registration of interest with telecommunication operators for the Galaxy Note8 will commence from 25 August 2017, Friday, 12pm.

Consumers can visit the following URLS for more information:

Pre-Order at Samsung Store online/Samsung Experience Stores      

Consumers can also pre-order their Galaxy Note8 (without contract) via the Samsung Store online from 12pm at http://www.samsung.com/sg/galaxynote8/shop or at  Samsung Experience Stores from 25 August 2017 during opening hours:

To pre-order, consumers simply have to place a $100 deposit and select their choice of collection points and appointment timeslots during opening hours from either:

  • Galaxy Studio (The Plaza, VivoCity Level 1) or
  • Selected Samsung Experience Stores

 

Pre-Order at Major Consumer Electronics Stores and Lazada Singapore        
Pre-order for the Galaxy Note8 will also be available online from 25 August 2017, 12pm at major consumer electronics stores’ (Best Denki, Courts, Hachi, Harvey Norman and Newstead) respective websites and Lazada Singapore. More information is available at the following URLs:

All successful pre-order customers will receive a complimentary DeX Station worth $198 during collection of and upon full payment for their devices from 9 September 2017. To enhance their experience with the DeX Station, pre-order customers will also receive in-box vouchers for the following promotions:

  • 20 percent off the Recommended Retail Price of a Microsoft Wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard (RRP $53) OR 25 percent off the Recommended Retail Price of a Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop (RRP $139)
  • $200 off the Recommended Retail Price of a SamsungC27F397 Curved Monitor (RRP $498)
  • Pre-order customers can redeem their vouchers for the above at www.lazada.sg/note8rewards or redeem their voucher for the Microsoft Wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard or Microsoft Designer Bluetooth Desktop at all Microsoft participating retailers.

 

Additionally, successful pre-order customers of the Galaxy Note8 without contract at Samsung Store online, Samsung Experience Stores, consumer electronic stores and Lazada Singapore will also receive a $100 Samsung Accessories and Wearables Voucher at the point of collection or delivery (upon full payment) of pre-ordered device.

 

 

Note8 LED View Cover

The following Galaxy Note8 accessories will also be available to complement the device:

Accessory Colour RRP (S$)
Protective Standing Cover Black and Deep Blue $58
Clear View Standing Cover Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Blue and Gold $68
LED View Cover Black, Orchid Gray, Deep Blue and Gold $78
Alcantara cover Black, Dark Gray, Khaki and Pink $68

 

Special Launch Campaign

From 9 September to 31 October 2017, Samsung will be holding an island wide launch promotion for the Galaxy Note8. Customers who purchase or successfully pre-ordered a Galaxy Note8 can enjoy 20% off their purchase of any original Samsung Galaxy Note8 accessories, upon full payment of the purchase price of their Galaxy Note8.

The launch promotion will be available at all local telecommunication operators, major consumer electronics stores, authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Experience Stores and Lazada Singapore.

Additionally, Samsung will also be having two special promotions to celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note8 at all Samsung Experience Stores. From 9 September to 31 October 2017, customers will be able to enjoy the following special bundle offers at discounted prices with the purchase of every unit of the Galaxy Note8:

  • Package 1 – $318 (U.P $414)
    • Samsung LS22F355FHEXXS 22” Flat Screen Monitor (U.P $158)
    • Samsung DeX Station (U.P $198)
    • Zeus Wireless Bluetooth® Keyboard HB-086 (U.P $58)
    • HDMI Cable
  • Package 2 – $398 (U.P $504)
    • Samsung LC24F390FHEXXS 24” Curved Screen Monitor (U.P $248)
    • Samsung DeX Station (U.P $198)
    • Zeus Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard HB-086 (U.P $58)
    • HDMI Cable

 

Shawn Chung
The Editor

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