Press Release: Samsung introduces Galaxy J+ in the Philippines

It’s easy to capture notable everyday moments nowadays, especially with advanced smartphone technology – by simply pointing and clicking. With Samsung, it is essential to capture the entire feeling of the moment, and bring it to life for the world to see.

Built to capture those everyday moments in your life and to enhance them to make them even more extraordinary, Samsung introduces the new Galaxy J7+.

The Galaxy J7+ boasts of a Professional Dual Camera to showcase every single detail of your day. Equipped with two rear cameras––one 13MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens and a 5MP sensor at f/1.9 aperture, both of which are responsible for delivering professional-quality post-shot depth. These dual lenses also equip the Galaxy J7+ with the Live Focus feature which allows you to control the amount of blur in a shot during and after taking a photo. It didn’t go shy with its front shooter, too, with its 16MP f/1.9 selfie camera. With the Galaxy J7+’s dual leans camera, you have no excuse to capture and enhance every moment, may it be with friends, family, or your fur baby!

For added fun, entertainment, and excitement, the Galaxy J7+ also comes with the new built-in Galaxy stamps and stickers in its Mobile Photobooth that would let you decorate and enhance your photos to really bring out the fun! The assortment of colorful stickers and stamps, as well as filters, will let you add a touch of personalization, playfulness, and more color to your photos. With the fun Mobile Photobooth coupled with the Galaxy J7+’s Professional Dual Camera capable of shooting in low-light, each moment is preserved in pro-quality.

Beyond delivering hours of entertainment and fun with its 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy J7+ enhances your life by providing an all-around reliable and powerful performance, thanks to its 2.39GHz Octa-Core processor for seamless, high-speed multitasking and a 4GB RAM and memory expandable up to 256GB for all the apps you enjoy.

“For those who want to experience the dual camera features of the flagship Galaxy Note8, the Galaxy J7+ offers the same premium and powerful experience. Its features let people enhance every moment of the day by expanding what a smartphone camera can do. The Galaxy J7+ is the best in its segment with flagship features and value for money,” said Nio Judalena, Head of Marketing for Mobile Communications Business, SEPCO.

Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is exactly what you need to enhance every moment of everyday. The Samsung Galaxy J7+ will be available for P19,990 starting on October 14 at all Samsung Experience Stores and dealers nationwide. You can avail it at 0% interest for 9 month on Home Credit, or 0% interest for 12 months through credit cards. Log on to www.samsung.com/ph for more information.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ Specs;

  • 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 + 1.6GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz
  • Dual-rear Camera:
    • 13MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture
    • 5MP sensor, f/1.9 aperture
    • Auto Focus,OIS, LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 16.0 MP, f/1.9 with flash
  • Dual Nano-SIM
  • 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G LTE FDD, 4G LTE TDD
  • 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G FDD LTE, 4G TDD LTE
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • GPS, Glonass
  • 3.5mm Earphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Dimension: 152.4mm x 74.7mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Color: Black, Gray and Gold

Samsung Sees Its Best Note Preorders with the New Galaxy Note8

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Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today that more people in the U.S. have purchased the Galaxy Note8 than previous Samsung Note phones during the same time period. Introduced on August 23, the Galaxy Note8 — featuring the largest ever screen in a Note device, an enhanced S Pen1, and the world’s first smartphone with two 12MP rear cameras with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both the wide-angle and telephoto lenses — will be available in stores on September 15.

Credit to Samsung for keeping the brand alive!

No, the Galaxy Note 8’s face recognition can’t be fooled by a photo

Josh L., writing for SamMobile;

Last week, a video started making the rounds online claiming that the Galaxy Note 8’s face recognition feature can be fooled by a photograph—and guess what? It can’t. Seriously. We tried it for ourselves and were unable to generate the same result.

The last part of the article;

While we can’t offer up an explanation as to why some news outlets were able to trick their handset with an image, we can honestly say that we weren’t. We’ve reached out to Samsung for an explanation and will update this post if/when we hear back.

This means it’s not an isolated case. This kind of inconsistency in the facial recognition, should not happen, specially with a smartphone with a more than $900+ price tag.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s Facial Recognition unlocks using a Selfie

Mel Tajon, confirms that the unit that he used is a demo unit at Best Buy, which bring us to this question; which facial technology will consumer get with their $900+ Note 8, crappy version or a good one?

Also my take away in this video is that the Note 8’s display is so good that it mimic’s real life. 🙂

Samsung Verdict Sends a Tough New Message to South Korea Inc.

Choe Sang-Hun, Jeyup S. Kwaak and Paul Mozur, reproting for New York Times;

On Friday, the country’s courts sent a different message.

Lee Jae-yong, the third-generation heir to the Samsung empire, was sentenced to five years in prison over a bribery scandal that has already contributed to the downfall of the country’s former president and shaken the country’s political and economic foundations.

It was the most remarkable sentence yet for a South Korean business titan, and a sign that the country is no longer willing to offer its business leaders political impunity in exchange for untrammeled economic growth.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Now Official

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Here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note8;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio, @521ppi
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot up to 256 GB
  • USB-C port
  • Camera Rear: Dual Camera
    • Wide-angle: 12MP AF Dual Pixel(F1.7), OIS
    • Telephoto: 12MP AF(F2.4), OIS
  • Front: 8MP AF(F1.7)
  • NFC, MST
  • LTE Cat. 16
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
  • S-Pen
  • Bixby Virtual assistant
  • Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
  • Weight: 195g
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue

The Note 8 will be available in three colors; Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue. The phone will be available in stores beginning September 15, 2017, and Samsung is already accepting pre-orders today, August 24, 2017. An unlocked Galaxy Note8 will be available for $929.

Samsung Bixby now available in the Philippines

Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;

Samsung‘s own virtual assistant called Bixby and its voice capabilities are now available in more countries worldwide, including the Philippines.

The Korean tech giant has just rolled out its proprietary virtual assistant onto 200 more countries, including the UK and Australia. Before the worldwide rollout, Bixby is only available in two countries — the US and in their home turf of South Korea.

It’ll be interesting how many people will be talking to their Samsung smartphones calling it Bixby!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Brian Heater, writing for TechCrunch;

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. While the news has undeniable echoes of last year’s massive Note 7 disaster, this time out, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx.

Not the news that Samsung needs, since they are about to announce Note 8, specially after what happened with the Note 7.

Here’s the specs of the Samsung Note 8

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Here’s the rumored Note 8’s specs;

  • 6.3-inch SuperAMOLED display, squared-corner, resolution 1440 x 2960 in 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Processor: Exynos 8895 Soc, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Internal storage: 64GB with a microSD expansion slot
  • USB-C port
  • Dual-rear camera: 12-megapixel sensors (optically stabilized);
    • Primary camera wide-angle with f1.7 aperture with dual-pixel autofocus
    • Telephoto lens with f2.4, 2x optical zoom
  • Front camera: 8-MP with f1.7 autofocus lens
  • Dimensions: 162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm
  • Battery: fast-charging 3300mAh battery, supports wired and wireless charging
  • Color: Midnight Black and Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Deep Sea Blue
  • Price: €1,000 or around $1,200 (USD)

This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

This is pretty much the best way to be in the news, specially today is the last day of 2017 Mobile World Congress.

The image perfectly match the purported S8 phone in the leaked video the other day.

We still have 28 more days before the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 – Unbox Your Phone, which will be held in New York this 29th of March. By that time, the only thing that Samsung will need to do is to just make every leaked information about the phone official.

Samsung Electronics Announces Availability of New Facebook Video App for TV

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Samsung Electronics announced today that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Further solidifying its role as the global leader in TV, Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch.

To use the Facebook Video app on your Samsung TV, just go to Samsung Smart Hub and download the app then login to your Facebook account.

Samsung Pay Launches in Malaysia

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Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced its partnership with several leaders in the banking industry as part of its strategic move to launch and expand its Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered have joined as partners for Samsung’s mobile payment service Samsung Pay, with Hong Leong Bank coming on board soon. The result is a wide platform for the partners’ respective customers with eligible payment cards1 to enjoy a more seamless digital mobile payment experience. These partnerships enhance Samsung’s existing collaboration with Maybank and are an expansion of its current affiliation with major payment networks, Mastercard and Visa, as well as loyalty card partners, B Infinite, Bonuslink and Sunway Pals.

Samsung reportedly plans refurbished Galaxy Note7 with smaller battery

Evan Blass, writing for Venture Beat;

In a surprising report out of South Korea today (via XDA), Han Kyung claims that Samsung has plans to re-release recalled units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 as refurbished handsets, complete with lower-capacity batteries. After utilizing a reported 200,000 returned phones for testing, Samsung apparently still has over 2.5 million left in inventory.

Instead of the stock 3500mAh battery, which was determined to be the primary cause of the malfunctioning devices, Samsung will reportedly equip the handsets with packs in the 3000mAh to 3200mAh range.

The keyword here is Emerging Markets, here’s hoping that the refurbished Note 7 will not have the same problem.

Samsung Pay launches in Thailand

Michael Tegos, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Samsung Pay, the Korean mobile giant’s cashless payment service, has officially landed in Thailand, the company announced today. The service has been running in the country in an “early access” fashion for a limited number of users since October last year.

Samsung Pay works with MasterCard, Visa, KCC, Bangkok Bank, Citibank, KasikornBank, KTC, and Siam Commercial Bank. Samsung says that department stores and shops in the country will also accept payments through Samsung Pay.

Samsung to roll out online payment service for Android phones

Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;

Samsung has announced it will roll out its mobile online payment service for non-galaxy Android smartphones in South Korea, according to a report by Reuters. The app, Samsung Pay Mini, is expected to be available in the first quarter of this year.

Samsung did not disclose when, if ever, Samsung Pay Mini will be launched in other markets.

So Samsung Pay will exclusively be for Samsung smartphone, while Samsung Pay Mini will be non-Samsung android smartphones.

Samsung Electronics Announces Cause of Galaxy Note7 Incidents in Press Conference

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Following several months of in-depth investigations, Samsung Electronics today announced the cause of the Note7 incidents and measures to prevent a recurrence during a press conference held in Seoul, Korea. DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, shared detailed results of the investigation and expressed his sincere apology and gratitude to Galaxy Note7 customers, mobile operators, retail and distribution partners and business partners for their patience and continued support.

It’s basically what Anna Shedletsky of Instrumental Inc., published two months ago.

Samsung to Announce Findings of Galaxy Note7 Investigations at Press Conference

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Following several months of comprehensive investigations, Samsung executives will announce the cause of the Galaxy Note7 incidents and quality enhancement plan during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on January 23, 2017 at 10am(KST).

Samsung Electronics, as well as independent expert organizations who conducted their own investigations into various aspects of the Galaxy Note7 incidents, will share their findings. In addition, Samsung will discuss the new measures the company has implemented in response to the incidents.

The full press conference will be available via live-stream globally, and can be accessed through www.samsung.com and Samsung Newsroom.

Samsung Heir Faces Arrest on Charges of Bribing South Korea’s President

Choe Sang-Hun, reporting for New York Times;

SEOUL, South Korea — The sprawling investigation into President Park Geun-hye of South Korea took a dramatic turn on Monday with word that prosecutors were seeking the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung, one of the world’s largest conglomerates, on charges that he bribed the president and her secretive confidante.

A prosecutor’s call for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the vice chairman of Samsung and only son of the company’s incapacitated chairman, Lee Kun-hee, brings new scrutiny to the deep ties between top government officials and the handful of corporations that dominate South Korea’s economy.

It was not a good 2016 for Samsung and looks like 2017 will not be any different, well at least for the start of the year.