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Do More, Play More: The Entertainment and Productivity Features of the #GalaxyNote8

Inspired by the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy Note8 builds on Samsung’s heritage of creating stunning designs with meaningful functionality, incorporating a large, bezel-less Infinity Display that lets you see more, do more and play more. Additional screen space paired with enhanced entertainment features and refined multitasking capabilities make the Galaxy Note8 the ideal device for those who want do bigger things in work and life.

An Entirely New Viewing Experience
The 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display takes mobile entertainment to the next level by offering a noticeably more immersive viewing experience with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 83 percent and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

With the new ratio, content shot in 21:9 will fill the Galaxy Note8’s display, increasing the viewing area by 14 percent compared to the Galaxy Note5. This, along with the phone’s MOBILE HDR PREMIUM™ certification granted by the UHD Alliance, lets you see vibrant colors and contrasts in the way content producers intended while watching the latest binge-worthy shows. Likewise, gaming experiences are also heightened thanks to the phone’s expanded viewing area and powerful performance capabilities.

Multitask Like Never Before
In addition to offering a more cinematic viewing experience, the Infinity Display optimizes multitasking so you can work smarter, not harder.

Multi Window allows you to complete multiple tasks on one screen for enhanced efficiency. But now with the Galaxy Note8’s new App Pair feature, you can create a custom pair of apps on the Edge panel and launch them at the same time with a single tap. This means that you can simultaneously launch Music and Maps apps before leaving on a road trip.

Likewise, the Snap Window feature lets you pin a specific area from a recent app to the top of the screen, and continue using the area below it. The feature is especially useful for keeping an eye on continuously updated content, such as stock prices and news headlines.

By balancing competing demands – HDR capabilities and the ideal viewing ratio for watching today’s content, and the need for expanded screen space and enhanced productivity features – the Galaxy Note8 is the ultimate multitasking phone for all of one’s work and play needs.

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Redefining Mobile Photography: The Camera of the #GalaxyNote8

Samsung has once again set the standard for smartphone cameras in terms of both hardware and software with the Galaxy Note8 – the first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses.

With 2X optical and up to 10X digital zooming capabilities, images are crisp and clear, even when shot at far distances or in low lighting conditions. Furthermore, new Live Focus and Dual Capture features give users added creative control over their images.

The Dual Camera—What It Is and Why It Matters
Like its name suggests, a dual camera is made up of two separate cameras and their respective image sensors that work in a complementary way to each other.

Generally, one camera functions more or less like a normal camera, capturing color images in the same way most typical smartphone cameras do. The second camera, meanwhile, aims to add elements that can’t be captured with the primary sensor. When a user takes a photo, the camera captures two separate images. It is the combination of both of these images that produces a clear, high-quality photograph with a greater depth of field.

Correspondingly, the dual camera of the Galaxy Note8 utilizes both the phone’s rear wide-angle lens and telephoto lens simultaneously to produce optimal results.

What’s Zoom Got to Do With It?
With 2X optical and 10X digital zooming capabilities, the dual camera of the Galaxy Note 8 is able to capture clear, high-quality close-up shots.

This is because its telephoto lens uses the optics of the camera, or the optical zoom, to make the subject appear closer without enlarging any portion of the in the way that a digital zoom does. In doing so, the optical zoom produces professional-looking images without losing quality, even if the subject is far away. So, for instance, if taking a picture of a band during a concert, a user can use the camera of the Galaxy Note8 to zoom in to see the details on the stage.

Photos That Stand Out From the Rest
In addition to its zooming capabilities, the dual camera, with its fast F1.7 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel technology and F2.4 telephoto lens, quickly and accurately pinpoints the subject the user is focusing on, and thus is able to capture sharper and brighter shots even in low light environments.

Also, with dual OIS, users can get crisp, focused images in all lighting conditions, even when they’re shooting with an unsteady hand.

Additional new Galaxy Note8 camera features also give users creative license to produce unique photographs that stand out from the rest.

For example, with Live Focus, users can adjust the bokeh effect – the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image – to change the depth of field of a shot. Users can control the intensity of the overall blur effect and apply it before taking the image in preview mode, or after capturing the photo in the Gallery app.

While many users prefer to make their subjects stand out by blurring the scenery around them, sometimes the background is just as important, such as when photographing a loved one in front of a famous world landmark. In Dual Capture mode, both the phone’s rear wide-angle and telephoto lenses work simultaneously to capture two separate images. Users can then access both zoomed-in and wide-angle versions of the shot from the Gallery.

The Galaxy Note8 is also equipped with an industry-leading F1.7 8MP autofocus front-facing camera for sharp selfies and video chats. Its bright lens keeps details clear even in low light, while Smart Auto Focus tracks the faces in the shot.

Incorporating Samsung’s best-in-class dual camera, with dual OIS on both lenses, along with new Live Focus and Dual Capture features, the Galaxy Note8 is the ultimate device for taking photos that are crisp, clear and capture special moments in the way users want to remember them.

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Fully Powered and Protected: The Foundational Galaxy Features of the #GalaxyNote8

Built on the Galaxy foundation users have come to know and love, the Galaxy Note8 offers the same great collection of cutting-edge features that have over the past few years redefined the mobile experience. With enhanced performance capabilities, water and dust resistance and expandable memory, the latest addition to the Galaxy Note lineup is a device that is designed to help users do more and make things happen.

The Power to Do More
Providing up to 6GB of RAM memory plus up to 256GB of expandable memory via microSD card*, the Galaxy Note8 provides large-scale capacity for running and storing essential data such as documents, movies and music. These features along with the phone’s 10nm application processor (AP) give users the power they need to browse, stream, play games and multitask.

The Galaxy Note8 is also gigabit LTE and gigabit Wi-Fi ready, meaning that it is built to give users superior connection speed by tapping into network speeds that can go as high as 1 gigabit per second.

Protection Against the Elements
Because the entire device including its S Pen is IP68** water and dust resistant, the Galaxy Note8 lets users take photos, check email and jot down their thoughts without interruption – even when the screen is wet.

To create a water resistant device, Samsung engineers had to ensure the protection of every component.

In particular, the S Pen required the integration of multiple technologies including printed circuit board (PCB) molding and rubber sealing. The molding covers the surface of the PCB and consists of a special epoxy material. Rubber sealing, meanwhile, prevents water damage by sealing off all vulnerable passageways and by covering important components without affecting their functionality.

The S Pen’s pen tip, for example, reaches to the internal components of the pen and makes tiny movements that trigger the pen pressure switch. In addition to preventing water from flowing in, the sealing process also ensures that there is enough room for the pen tip to move as needed.

Unlock at Once
Equipped with the latest version of the industry-leading security platform Samsung Knox, the Galaxy Note8 provides strengthened security features and enhanced convenience through a combination of biometrics. Leveraging Samsung’s innovative iris and fingerprint scanning, the Galaxy Note8 offers various services to provide an additional layer of security while facial recognition capabilities enhance convenience.

Users can opt to access Secure Folder, an encrypted folder that lets users manage private apps and files securely via PIN, pattern, passcode or biometric authentication to keep private and personal data sandboxed separately on their smartphone. Similarly, Samsung Pass enables people to quickly and easily log into mobile banking apps and websites on the Samsung Internet Browser using biometric authentication rather than having to repeatedly input usernames and passwords.

Galaxy Note8 users can also make use of iris and fingerprint scanning to access Samsung Pay, enabling a secure, yet more convenient way to pay.

Charged Up and Ready to Go
The Galaxy Note8 features a 3,300 mAh battery and charges quickly using a USB-C port. The phone also continues to support wireless charging, so users can get a quick, convenient charge without having to mess around with ports or wires, and have more time to get things done.

Furthermore, the Galaxy Note8 has passed the 8-Point Battery Safety Check, the most rigorous in the industry. It is also approved by UL, a leading independent safety science company.

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**Water resistance rating is based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
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Created to do bigger things: The Design of the #GalaxyNote8

The Galaxy Note8 showcases Samsung’s heritage in both hardware and software innovation. The phone offers an optimal user experience with a large form factor that easily fits in one hand, innovative display design and technologies, and a line-up of thoughtfully designed accessories.

The Big Screen for Bigger Things
The innovation of the Galaxy Note8’s design makes possible the 6.3-inch Infinity Display. Without obstructive bezels or physical buttons, the display seamlessly blends into the device’s body, adding to the phone’s eye-catching aesthetic while improving its functionality.

To ensure that the Galaxy Note8 achieves optimal performance, the enhanced Infinity Display incorporates a slightly more squared design and a slim bezel – refinements that help to maximize the flat area of the screen, and thus provide more surface area for writing and drawing with the S Pen.

The Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display takes more than 83 percent of the body of the device, making it the biggest screen on a Note device yet. Its expansive screen space – which in landscape mode offers a 14 percent wider viewing area than the Galaxy Note5 – and aspect ratio of 18.5:9 allow for incredibly immersive viewing experiences.

The back of the phone, which features a new dual camera as well as a fingerprint scanner, maintains an equally clean and continuous silhouette as the front of the device with virtually no protrusions. Together with its symmetrically curved design, these changes help to create an ergonomic grip that enables comfortable one-handed operation.

Easy on the Eyes, Smooth to the Touch
Available in four stunning colors, including the all-new Deepsea Blue, as well as Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Maple Gold, the Galaxy Note8 has a premium look that fits almost any style.

Each color is enhanced by the glossy finishing of the phone’s materials, which was created through an intensive polishing process. The polishing was also applied to the frame of the Galaxy Note8, allowing for a seamless flow between the front and back sides of the device. The texture of the material is smooth to the touch, creating a sense of comfort.

Note-Worthy Accessories
The accessories of the Galaxy Note8 are designed to both protect the phone and offer a contemporary look and feel that fit a wide array of lifestyles. Many of the phone’s accessories have been designed to focus on the standing function of the Galaxy Note8 to enable users to more comfortably watch their favorite shows and movies on the device’s large screen.

The Protective Standing Cover, for example, is a military-grade protective cover that provides unsurpassed protection of the Galaxy Note8 all the while offering a full view of its Infinity Display. A kickstand in the back props the phone up for better viewing, and pops off if too much pressure is applied so it doesn’t break. The Clear View Standing Cover also protects and holds the Galaxy Note8 at an optimal angle for viewing media, while its dedicated UX makes it easy to check alerts, take calls and more, without having to open it up.

The Alcantara Cover, 2Piece Cover and Clear Cover, which were all well received when launched with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, will also be available with the Galaxy Note8.

For more convenient charging, the Wireless Charger Convertible can be effortlessly adjusted to be a horizontal pad or vertical stand so users can continue using their device while powering up. Or, should they need to keep powered while on-the-go, the stylish and slim Battery Pack easily slips into a bag or pocket.

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A New Way to Communicate: The S Pen of the #GalaxyNote8

Since its launch, the S Pen has been the defining feature of the Note series. Now, with the Galaxy Note8, the S Pen takes things a step further. Incorporating a fun Live Message feature, improved Screen off memo capabilities and enhanced Translate functionality, the refined S Pen lets you express yourself in ways like no conventional stylus can.

Creative Expressions with GIFs
In a world where face-to-face interactions are becoming increasingly less common, the Galaxy Note8’s new Live Message feature merges the emotive characteristics of handwritten notes with digital tools to open up new possibilities to connect and communicate with one another.

By simply tapping the heart-shaped key on the keyboard while composing a message, or activating the function via Air Command, you can handwrite an animated message, create live emojis or use various pen effects such as Sparkle, Glow and Ink to inject a bit of creative fun into their photos.

Then, bring your creations to life by sharing them as animated GIFs up to 15 seconds in length via various social media and messaging apps that support Animated GIF (AGIF) files such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat. The GIF files can be stored in the Gallery app and used again at a later time as personalized emojis.

Similarly, you can use the S Pen’s Smart Select feature to capture selected clips from videos, which can then be converted and shared as animated GIFs.

Better Note Taking, Even When the Screen is Off
Perhaps one of Note users’ most beloved features is the Screen off memo, which easily creates and pins memos and reminders on the Always On Display. In the same way they might jot down a memo on a sticky note, users can scribble messages directly on the display after activating the feature by removing the S Pen from the device.

New to the Galaxy Note8’s Screen off memo feature is the ability to create up to 100 pages of notes as well as go back to notes pinned on the Always on Display to make edits. Notes are stored in the Samsung Notes app and can be accessed at a later time.

Translations in a Snap
The S Pen uses electromagnetic resonance (EMR) technology so the display is able to recognize it even when it is not in direct contact with the device. In fact, the S Pen can be detected by the Galaxy Note8 from a distance of up to 14 millimeters. When it is within this specified distance from the display, its hovering capabilities enable a number of functions.

One is the refined Translate feature. By simply hovering the S Pen over the text to be translated, you can translate words in up to 71 languages, including words formatted as images, which are recognized by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

With the ability to recognize punctuation marks, the feature can also now translate entire sentences when prompted to do so by the user. Additionally, the S Pen can convert units of measurement and foreign currencies.

Superior Hardware
The S Pen of the Galaxy Note8 is 108 millimeters in length and weighs 2.8 grams. With a 0.7-millimeter rubber tip, a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096 and the ability to change brush strokes, the enhanced S Pen provides premium precision and power to replicate the ease and accuracy of a real pen. This allows for more comfortable and intuitive note taking and drawing.

In addition to the Galaxy Note8 itself, the S Pen is IP68 water and dust resistant, meaning it can be used whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. It’s also battery-free, does not need to be charged and is stored in the phone itself, making it easily accessible anytime, anywhere.

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The Infinity Display on the #GalaxyNote8 earns highest ever performance scores from DisplayMate

In the results of its comprehensive evaluation of the Galaxy Note8’s Infinity Display, DisplayMate Technologies, the leading evaluator of video screens, stated that Samsung’s latest flagship device is “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested.”

Acquiring an all-time high grade of “Excellent A+,” the Galaxy Note8 exceeded the display performance of the Galaxy S8 and previous Galaxy Note device in the main assessment categories including brightness, outdoor visibility and color gamut, once again raising the standard for smartphone displays.

“The display on the Galaxy Note8 has not only major improvements in the OLED display hardware, but also many new and enhanced display features and display functions,” DisplayMate reported. Read on to learn about which were most praised by the industry’s leading screen authority.

Brighter and Less Reflective
The Infinity Display of the Galaxy Note8 boasts a record high peak brightness of 1,240 nits* – a 22 percent increase from the Galaxy S8 – and a screen reflectance level of 4.6 percent, one of the lowest that DisplayMate has ever measured for a smartphone. Combined high brightness and low screen reflectance levels equate to a display that is easily readable, even under relatively high ambient lighting, such as bright sunlight.

Higher Resolution
As a result of its larger display size and larger aspect ratio of 18.5:9, the Galaxy Note8 is the first Note smartphone to realize 3K QHD+ (2960×1440 pixels) resolution. The display has Diamond Pixels and sub-pixel rendering with 521 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 vision at the typical viewing distance of 10 inches or more, so the display appears perfectly sharp.

Enhanced Entertainment Capabilities
The Galaxy Note8 is certified by the UHD Alliance for MOBILE HDR PREMIUM™, which allows it to play the same 4K High Dynamic Range content produced for 4K UHD Premium TVs.

To do so, the Galaxy Note8 has the required Digital Cinema DCI-P3 wide color gamut, perfect blacks and an infinite contrast ratio, as well as a peak brightness level of more than 1,000 nits which is needed for High Dynamic Range. Furthermore, its built-in video processor allows it to provide an expanded dynamic range for standard video content that produces an HDR-like effect.

The native color gamut of the Galaxy Note8, meanwhile, is even larger than that of the Galaxy S8 – 112 percent of DCI-P3 and 141 percent of sRGB. In other words, users can enjoy movies and games in the colors that the content producers intended.

Design Innovation
The DisplayMate evaluation had many positive points to add about the design of the bezel-less Infinity Display of the Galaxy Note8, which fills almost the entire front face of the phone from edge-to-edge.

The report noted that its 6.3-inch display is 20 percent larger in screen area than the Galaxy S8 and 14 percent larger than previous Galaxy Note displays, despite the fact that the size of the phone itself did not increase.

The dual-curved screen OLED display is manufactured on a flexible plastic substrate so that it can bend around corners on both sides of the phone to not only minimize bezels, but also provide two curved Edge screen displays that can be viewed and controlled from both the front or the sides.

The display’s expanded screen space, along with its new 18.5:9 aspect ratio, explained DisplayMate, enhances the utility of the device, making it easier for users to multitask, watch video content and check notifications. Furthermore, the adoption of a new Night Mode with a blue light filter allows users to adjust and reduce the amount of blue light from the display for better night viewing and improved sleep.

The Galaxy Note8 will be available in stores beginning September 15.

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The time has come to do bigger things. The new #GalaxyNote8 is here. #DoWhatYouCant
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Starting August 23, 2017, do bigger things. #DoWhatYouCant
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#Bixby 101: Get to Know the Ins and Outs of Samsung’s Intelligent Interface

Bixby is an intelligent interface that makes interacting with your device, services and apps more seamless and instinctive. Bixby’s deep integration, contextual awareness and newly launched U.S. English voice support offer an assistant unlike any other – one that’s intelligent enough to learn your habits, and even your manner of speaking, and respond accordingly.

But how exactly does Bixby work, and how can you ensure that you’re getting the most out of it? Here are some common questions and answers to help you get better acquainted with the intuitive interface.

Q. How do I activate Bixby Voice?

You can activate Bixby by saying “Hi, Bixby,” or by either pressing or holding its dedicated button (located under the volume controls of your compatible device) and dictating your request.

Q. Does Bixby get smarter the more I use it?

Yes, it does. Thanks to Bixby’s iterative deep learning technology, the more you use the interface, the smarter it gets.

For example, whenever you’re not satisfied with its response, Bixby will work with you to learn how to better serve your needs. Each time Bixby responds to a command, it presents you with the option to “Teach me” – to select a more appropriate response from a list of similar commands. The next time you make that request, Bixby will remember exactly what you wanted it to do.

Q. What languages and dialects does Bixby understand?

Bixby Voice is currently available in Korea and the U.S., and supports commands in Korean and U.S. English. Users in the U.S. and Korea can switch between Korean and English by adjusting Bixby’s language settings.

Bixby’s understanding of natural language is what allows it to learn dialects. We’ve taught Bixby various dialects’ distinct intonations, vocabulary and grammatical structures, and we’re currently working on providing support for more.

Q. What are Quick Commands?

Bixby’s Quick Commands allow you to issue multi-step, complicated requests with convenient keywords.

With Quick Commands, users can replace a long request, such as “Track my run using the Samsung Health app,” with a short, simple command, such as “Run.” These shortcuts allow you to interact more seamlessly with your phone. Quick Commands may be accessed under Bixby Home’s “My Bixby” menu.

Q. What is Bixby Vision, and how does it work?

Bixby Vision was designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of what you’re looking at, allowing you to use your camera to easily scan and search for relevant information on the objects and places around you.

Bixby Vision offers information on everything from purchasing options for a particular product to details on your current location and even the bottle of wine you’re enjoying. It is also capable of scanning business cards and performing convenient translations.

After scanning an object, users can use Bixby Vision’s image search function to locate it online. Once Bixby has identified the object, it will automatically pull up related images on Pinterest.

Bixby Vision works best in bright environments, and when you hold your camera steady. The screen should not be upside down, and if the object in focus is a product, it should be captured from the front to aid identification.

Q. How is Reminder different from my device’s clock or calendar app?

Reminder lets users do much more than simply log an appointment or create an alarm.

The function utilizes Bixby’s voice support and contextual awareness to allow users to set smart reminders for specified times, places or circumstances.

Reminder is also integrated into other apps. You can use Reminder to save webpage URLs in the Samsung Internet app, as well as messages that you’d like to get back to later in the Messages app. You can also pin reminders to your device’s Always On Display to make them visible at all times, and access your collected reminders via your device’s edge panel.

Q. What is Bixby Home, and how does it cater to users’ individual needs?

Bixby Home serves as a gateway to Bixby’s various functions and presents your most contextually relevant apps and services on a single screen, so the content you care about is just a swipe away.

Bixby learns your routine and serves up the information you need when you need it. It looks for patterns in your app usage to predict what you might be looking for, and when you’re most likely to look for it. The more you use your smartphone, the more relevant Bixby’s content suggestions will become.

Bixby Home will automatically populate based on your actions, but you can also customize the experience to best suit your needs. You also have the options to pin your favorite cards to the top of your Home page for easy reference, and hide any cards that you no longer wish to see.

Q. Is my personal data safe with Bixby?

Bixby stores users’ personal data in accordance with stringent security procedures.

Users may choose to delete data that Bixby saves from Bixby’s settings at any time. Bixby only collects data necessary to improve or personalize your experience, and ensures that your personal information is never transmitted.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ Receive EPEAT Gold Rating

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ have received a Gold rating from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the definitive rating system for evaluating electronic devices’ eco-friendliness. The devices are the first smartphones to earn the certification, which assesses, among other criteria, material selection, product longevity, the manufacturer’s social contributions, and energy conservation during production and use.
The certification is a joint initiative of the non-profit Green Electronics Council and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global safety science organization. The rating was earned in recognition of Samsung’s efforts to produce the devices in a sustainable way, which included increasing the efficiency of their chargers, using recycled plastics in accessories, and other eco-friendly measures.
This distinction is the second that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have received from UL. This past June, the organization’s UL Environment division awarded both devices ECOLOGO Gold Certification to the ANSI/UL 110 Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones.
In addition to receiving a top EPEAT rating, both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have also been given a “Carbon Footprint Label” from the Carbon Trust, a leading authority on carbon-reduction programs and certifications, as well as a “Vitality Leaf” eco-label from the Russian Ecological Union.

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