Galaxy Note8 hits the Kenyan market, amid “retrenchment” reports at Nairobi offices


Galaxy Note8 hits the Kenyan market with refined design amid amid “retrenchment” reports at Nairobi offices.

A statement Samsung officials could neither deny nor agree to when asked earlier today at the launch of the Galaxy Note8 device in Kenya on October 5, 2017 at Samsung Experience store at ICEA building though in 2015 the company downsized its Nairobi office after sending home 26 executives.

The launch of the Galaxy Note8 was introduced globally in August as a smartphone that pushes the boundaries of phablets with its seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings.

“Due to the mobile demands associated with today’s work-life balance, many Smartphone users require a phone that is suitable for both their personal and professional lives. Consequently, diverse and demanding tasks are being done on Smartphones, with the ability to effectively multitask on a single device becoming an essential requirement. The Galaxy Note8 offers this convenience,” said Bob Asiyo, Head of Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics East Africa.

The Galaxy Note8 is now available in Kenya at KShs 104, 000 almost KShs 15,000 more compared to its counterpart Note7.

The Galaxy Note8 users will enjoy the onscreen multi-tasking experience, thanks to the 6.3” infinity display. The design of the Galaxy Note 8 also remains ultra-thin, thanks to the curved edges, allowing for comfortable handling.

The S-pen is now IP68 rated* (water and dust resistant), which enables the use of the S-pen in wet conditions and fresh water bodies that are 1.5m deep for up to 30 minutes, a theory the company was able to test.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 device packs 6GB of RAM, and a new dual lens 12MP camera, with dual pixel technology for incredibly fast autofocus and wide F1.7 aperture for vivid and bright photos even in low light conditions. The front 8MP camera also feature a wide F1.7 aperture and Selective focus for enhanced selfies.

The advanced dual lens camera features one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens each with 12MP allowing users to control the depth of field in their shots to create stunning portraits and photo scenes. The rear camera also features 2x optical zoom on the tele photo lens and improved digital zoom on the wide angle lens. Both lenses also feature Dual optical image stabilization making the Note 8 the world’s first mobile device that incorporates optical image stabilisation on a dual lens camera.

The Note 8 is powered by an advanced 10nm processor and comes with 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB via Micro SD slot.

In re-defining how users interact with their smartphone, Samsung introduced Bixby with the Galaxy S8. This intelligent interface helps users get more out of their phone and is also available in the Note 8. Contextual awareness capabilities enable Bixby to offer personalized help based on what it continues to learn about the user’s interests, situation and location.

Users can also shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with Bixby’s image recognition technology. Additionally, with the Galaxy Note 8, Bixby Voice assistant features  will now be available with the feature rolling out to the S8 as well via software update soon after. As the Bixby ecosystem grows, it will connect across devices, apps and services as a ubiquitous interface, and open up new experiences and scenarios to simplify life.

The devices are available at Samsung Experience Store, Safaricom shops, Fonexpress, Naivacom, Tuscom shops and authorised dealers countrywide.


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