Last week I was lucky enough to attend the live stream event here in SA, direct from the US as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd introduced the Galaxy Note8 as the next level in the Note series.

This has been billed as a device for people on the move and who want to “do Bigger things”, (like me!!)

The Galaxy Note8 has a bigger Infinity Display that fits comfortably in one hand, an S Pen to communicate in more personal ways and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera1 – which is built to capture life’s precious moments.

“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us and we designed the new Note with their needs and wants in mind,” said Justin Hume, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung first introduced the Note series in 2011. Since then, a community of enthusiasts have emerged, bonded in their affinity for break-through technological innovation that enriches their lives and powers their success.”

According to Samsung’s internal market insights2, 85 percent of these Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, while 75 percent say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had. If the reaction of guests in attendance at the Johannesburg celebration currently underway at the Mesh Club is anything to go by, Note users will have even more to boast about.

Here’s what you can do with the great Galaxy Note8:

Infinity Display –  this is the biggest screen ever seen on a Note device, so you see more and scroll less. The Galaxy Note8 gives you loads more room to watch, read and draw, thereby making it the ultimate multitasking smartphone.

Multi Window – the new App Pair feature further lets you create a custom pair of apps on the Edge panel and simultaneously launch two apps with ease. This enables you to do things such as watching a video while messaging your friends or dialing into a conference call with the number and agenda in front of you. I love this!!

The S Pen – this has long 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 as well as communicate with friends, family and associates. It has a finer tip, improved pressure sensitivity3 and features that enable users to express themselves in ways that no other stylus or smartphone ever has.

Live Message – this 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 (AGIF). 

Always On Display – super powerful as it allows users to stay on top of their notifications without unlocking the device. The Screen off Memo function is activated as soon as you remove the S Pen and allows you to take up to 100 pages of notes, pin notes to the Always On Display and make edits directly from the Always On Display.

Quality Piccies – As with most consumers, and I do to, we look at camera picture quality when purchasing a new device. Samsung smartphone cameras are known as the industry benchmark and the Galaxy Note8 delivers the most powerful smartphone camera yet.

Bixby – this has just launched in SA and is already assisting S8 and S8+ device users to get things done faster and easier. It is an intelligent interface which will support almost every task that your device application can perform through use of voice, touch or text. Custom voice commands to use in place of a sequence of one or more commands. For instance, you can use the command “good night” as a shortcut for ‘Turn on Do-not-disturb mode, set an alarm for 6:00 AM and turn on blue light filter.’

Add water and dust resistant, fast wireless charging, biometric security (yes, your eyeball to unlock your phone) as well as boasting 6GB RAM, a 10nm processor, and expandable memory (up to 256GB), you have the power you need to browse, stream, play games and multitask.

I am a huge Samsung fan and always have been and the Note8 is certainly on my list of must have products!

For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.  

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