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4 Tips to Get the Most Out of the Galaxy Note9’s Powerful S Pen

The Galaxy Note9 was designed to offer users the levels of power and performance they need to get the most out of work, play and everything in between. Perhaps no feature embodies this all-encompassing approach to productivity more than the Galaxy Note series’ signature stylus: the S Pen.

 

Over the years, Samsung has enhanced the smartphones’ trademark tool with innovations that have transformed the way users manage their mobile lives. Here, we’ll show you how to utilize the S Pen’s new Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) connectivity and other convenient enhancements to enjoy a more fun (and efficient) mobile experience.

 

 

Tip #1: Customize Clicks for the S Pen’s Remote Control Function

Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > S Pen remote

 

New BLE technology transforms the S Pen into a handy remote control that allows Galaxy Note9 users to manage a wide variety of functions and apps from within 10 meters of their device.

 

Users can customize clicks of the S Pen’s button to perform specific actions within specific apps. Single clicks and double clicks can designate different actions, while holding down the pen button can be assigned to opening other apps and the S Pen features. This means that you can open the camera by holding down the S Pen’s button, click once to take a picture and twice to switch cameras, without the need to touch the smartphone’s screen at all.

 

The S Pen’s single and double press functions are compatible with more than 10 apps and is expected to expand to further apps thanks to the S Pen’s open SDK. You can pick and choose which remote control functions you’d like to enable by accessing the S Pen’s settings.

 

 

Tip #2: Flex Your Creative Muscles with Photo Drawing and Live Drawing

Photo Drawing: PENUP > Drawing > Set background image

 

Good news for those of us who’d like to fine-tune our artistic skills: the Galaxy Note9’s new Photo Drawing and Live Drawing features offer simple tools to add an effortless creative flourish to your images.

 

Both feature integration with PENUP—a social network for creative types to share S Pen-created artwork. Photo Drawing allows you to use the S Pen to draw over images as you would with a sheet of tracing paper. Once you’re finished, you can delete the original photo or drawing and save your new creation as a separate image.

 

Live Drawing: PENUP > Live drawings

 

Live Drawing, meanwhile, allows you to see for yourself how seasoned S Pen artists create impressive works of art. The feature’s wide selection of step-by-step tutorials offer simple instructions for drawing everything from everyday objects to cute characters and scenic landscapes. The videos make it easy to see exactly which colors and brushes the artists used, and you can also trace over the featured objects, scenes and characters to practice drawing them.

 

 

Tip #3: Make Your Emojis More Meaningful

 

Keyboard/Air Command > Live message

 

Introduced in the Galaxy Note8, Live message allows users to easily send handwritten notes, make animated GIFs, and create the perfect emoticon to capture the emotion they wish to express. The feature was recently enriched for the Galaxy Note9, with three new pen effects bringing the total number to six effects, and various pen colors to choose from. Live message can also be added to users’ AR Emoji Stickers, bringing an even more personal touch to their messages.

 

Introduced with the Galaxy S9, Samsung’s augmented reality-based emoji feature utilizes machine learning and facial recognition technology to create a 3D model that matches your appearance and facial expressions. From a simple selfie, the function automatically generates a total of 36 sharable stickers that feature your unique AR Emoji expressing a wide range of emotions.

 

The combination of AR Emojis and Live message creates a unique way to make your messages more personal, and makes messaging friends and family that much more fun.

 

 

Tip #4: Take Advantage of User-favorite S Pen Functions

 

In addition to introducing an array of brand-new functions and innovations, the Galaxy Note9’s S Pen includes the great collection of fan-favorite features that have enabled Galaxy Note users around the world to experience new levels of convenience in their daily lives.

 

Screen off memo has been a user-favorite feature ever since it was first introduced with the Galaxy Note5. The function gives you the freedom to jot down notes or ideas whenever you need by writing directly on your device’s off screen. The memo can be pinned to AOD (Always On Display) and automatically saved in Samsung Notes.

 

The Galaxy Note9 has made Screen off memos more dynamic by adding color to the mix. Now, when users compose a note, the S Pen’s markings match the color of the S Pen itself—either yellow, light gray, lavender purple or metallic copper. Users who prefer Screen off memo’s classic gray pen can easily select this option in the function’s settings.

 

Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > Air command

 

The S Pen’s Air command menu offers users instant access to some of its most convenient functions. The menu can be customized with up to ten of your most frequently used functions with S Pen and shortcuts. Such S Pen functions include Smart select, which allows users to select, clip and collect content in one quick move with the S Pen in a desired shape, and the Translate function which lets users highlight and translate text on the screen, without the need to navigate away to another app. The Air command menu can be accessed simple by taking out the S Pen or by hovering S Pen over the screen then clicking the S Pen’s button.

 

Settings > Advanced features > S Pen > Air view

 

Air view is another convenient function that offers instant insight into your phone’s content, simply by hovering the S Pen over the device. With Air view, you can see a short preview of your schedule in the Calendar app, text of webpages, and enlarged thumbnails of your pictures saved in the Gallery.

 

With innovative features designed to enhance your work and play, the S Pen for the Galaxy Note9 has redefined the mobile lifestyle, as the connected stylus brings even greater convenience and fun to both work and play.

[Video] Boost Your Mobile Productivity with Galaxy Tab S4 and S Pen

With more attention devoted to remote work and the digital nomad lifestyle, there is a growing recognition of the benefits engendered by greater freedom and mobility at the workplace. But working on the go can be a drag if you are stuck with the wrong tools.

 

Building on a design heritage focused on serving a hypermobile workforce, Galaxy Tab S4 continues to offer tried and tested productivity tools. Featuring the innovative S Pen and Air Command, which are also trademarks of the Galaxy Note series, the tablet can rise to any challenge anytime, anywhere:

 

  • Translate: Need a quick translation? Select Translate under Air Command and hover the stylus over the text. You’ll see results in an instant.
  • Live Message: Why explain things over the phone when you can illustrate the steps with Live Message. With the S Pen, you can draw and write animated messages for easy communication.
  • Smart Select: Smart Select helps you save hours of typing time by extracting text directly from images. Simply select the text you need with the S Pen and the feature will take care of the rest. You can also capture and share key moments in videos with Smart Select by transforming them into GIFs.
  • Screen off memo: Got an idea? Just pop the S Pen out and start scribbling without even unlocking the device.

 

Want to boost your mobile productivity? Check out the video below to find out more.

 

Guide to the Galaxy #4: Become a Productivity Powerhouse with Samsung DeX

Introduced with the Galaxy S8 and compatible with the new Galaxy Note9, Samsung DeX, the company’s ultimate mobile productivity solution, allows users to easily connect their Galaxy device to an external display to enjoy a PC-like experience powered entirely by their phone.

 

 

Offering a simple setup and easy access to your phone’s apps and files, Samsung DeX allows you to transform virtually any place into a workplace. And now, thanks to the solution’s new support for easy-to-carry HDMI adapters, as well as its deep compatibility with the Galaxy Note9’s S Pen, mobile multitasking has never been simpler.

 

Let’s explore how the Galaxy Note9 and Samsung DeX can help you become a productivity powerhouse.

 

 

Made for Mobile Lifestyles

Samsung DeX offers an Android-based, PC-like interface that allows you to seamlessly access your phone’s apps, and adds comfort and convenience to viewing and editing documents and presentations, watching a favorite show or movie, mobile gaming, and much more.

 

 

The interface is easy to navigate, supports keyboard and mouse gestures such as shortcuts, scrolling and dragging and dropping, and features a variety of optimized apps that allow users to get the most out of working on a larger display. The ability to effortlessly toggle between apps and view their contents on a bigger screen makes multitasking a breeze, and makes working on your smartphone more convenient and efficient.

 

Your phone still functions as a phone when it’s plugged in, and calls, texts and settings are all accessible via the taskbar located in the lower right corner of your monitor.

 

 

More Ways to Connect

Convenience has always been key for Samsung DeX, which is why the solution offers a variety of simple ways to connect your Galaxy smartphone to a display and get down to work (or play). These include the previously introduced DeX Station and DeX Pad, as well as the solution’s new support for HDMI adapters*. To get started, simply connect your Galaxy Note9 to a monitor with one of those choices. It’s just that easy.

 

 

The solution’s support for HDMI connectivity means that the HDMI adapters can be easily dropped in a bag, creating more opportunities to enjoy a PC-like experience at home, at the office, or on the go.  Meanwhile, the DeX Station and DeX Pad support multiple screen resolutions (up to HD+ and WQHD) and open even more apps at once. With all choices, Samsung DeX is compatible with a broad range of accessories, including keyboards, mice, headsets and more.

 

Pick the (right) one that best suits your needs and start enjoying a more productive and convenient mobile experience with Samsung DeX.

 

 

Even Better with the Galaxy Note9

Samsung’s latest flagship device has introduced exciting ways for users to utilize Samsung DeX to streamline more aspects of their day. The Galaxy Note9’s newly added connectivity support for Samsung DeX enables users to enjoy a full Samsung DeX experience by simply connecting the smartphone to a display via compatible HDMI adapters.

 

 

Samsung DeX’s new dual mode support enhances multitasking, allowing you to work simultaneously on your display and on your Galaxy Note9, so you can watch a video on the display while jotting down notes on your Galaxy Note9 with S Pen. Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Note9 also lets you utilize the smartphone as a touch keyboard, touchpad, or a surface for drawing with the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) S Pen.

 

 

Speaking of, the S Pen’s deep Samsung DeX integration allows you to access its full range of capabilities when using the solution. And with its new remote control capability, the S Pen also functions as a handy clicker for delivering presentations on Samsung DeX-connected displays.

 

 

 

An Ever-expanding Samsung Ecosystem

When Samsung DeX launched in 2017, the solution had almost 40 strategic partners. Now, that number has almost doubled. The company continues to work closely with their ever-expanding list of partners—including popular software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, Blackberry, Hancom Office and many more.

 

The service also includes support for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions, including those from Citrix, VMware and Amazon Web Service. This means that Samsung DeX can enhance mobility for business users, such as financial institutions. Mobile professionals can utilize Samsung DeX to enjoy PC-like experience that combines Windows and Android into one powerful productivity platform, and offers access to their Windows PC from virtually anywhere in the world.

 

 

The list of Samsung DeX-compatible devices continues to grow, and now, with the Galaxy Tab S4, extends to tablets as well. Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S4 can be accessed standalone, or the device can be linked to a larger display using a HDMI connection. Samsung DeX integration creates more opportunities for users to multitask efficiently, and helps cement the Galaxy Tab S4’s status as the go-to-tablet for mobile productivity.

 

See for yourself how Samsung DeX and the new Galaxy Note9 can help you master multitasking.

 

*HDMI support is currently available with the Galaxy Note9. Samsung’s HDMI adapters include HDMI Adapter (EE-HG950), Multi Port Adapter (EE-P5000) and DeX Cable (EE-I1300).

[Video] Samsung Reveals TV Commercial Starring the New Galaxy Note9

All day battery with 4,000mAh. Generous built-in storage option of 128GB or 512GB. Use the S Pen remote functions to capture a group selfie, from within 10 meters of the device. Remarkably fast download speed of up to 1.2Gbps.

 

These are some super powerful features offered by the Galaxy Note9. Check out the new TV commercial to see how it will empower the everyday lives of users.

 

[Infographic] Samsung Mobile Innovation: Pushing Boundaries Towards a Productivity Revolution

Sometimes bigger is better. Samsung proved that in 2011, when they changed the smartphone market with the launch of the Galaxy Note, popularizing phablets and starting a legacy of premium products designed to help high-achievers do bigger things. From modernizing the smartphone stylus to creative innovations in the way we text like Live Message, Samsung sets the bar for what a high-end smartphone should be. Let’s take a look at where the phablet craze began.

 

Samsung Electronics Officially Launches Galaxy Note9 in Global Markets

 

Samsung Electronics has officially launched the Galaxy Note9 in markets around the world. The company’s latest flagship smartphone will be available in stores today, August 24, in 56 markets, including Korea, the U.S., Canada, China, India and all of Europe and Southeast Asia, and will roll out to over 130 countries.

 

The Galaxy Note9 was designed to offer the top level of speed, power and performance that today’s power users want and need. The device features a 4,000mAh all-day battery as well as support for the market’s fastest network speeds*. The Galaxy Note9 is available in a choice of 128GB and 512GB models, with support for up to 1TB** of storage via expandable memory.

 

The Galaxy Note9 also features a new Bluetooth Low-Energy S Pen that serves as a handy remote control for taking selfies and group pictures, presenting slides, and more***. The device’s intelligent camera builds on Samsung’s industry-leading camera technologies by introducing new deep-learning based capabilities, including Flaw Detection and Scene Optimizer, that take the work out of capturing the perfect picture.

 

The launch of the Galaxy Note9 is complimented by an ecosystem of convenient devices and services including Samsung DeX, which allows users to enjoy a PC-like experience powered entirely by their phone, as well as Bixby, Samsung’s intelligent assistant.

 

For more information about the Galaxy Note9, visit http://news.samsung.com/galaxy  or www.samsung.com/galaxynote9.

 

 

*Up to 1.2 gigabits per second.

**512GB internal memory as standard. 512GB models available in select countries. Up to 512GB additional storage with external SD card (sold separately).

***S Pen remote function reaches about 10 meters in an open space.

[Video] Factory Tour Offers a Peek at How Samsung Makes Each Galaxy Note9

We are just a day away from the official release of the Galaxy Note9—a smartphone whose innovative technologies allow users to get the most out of everything they do.

 

In anticipation of the device’s August 24 launch, Samsung Electronics’ factories in Gumi, South Korea have been busy manufacturing Galaxy Note9 units to ship to markets around the world. Check out the video below to see how the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing line produces each Galaxy Note9 to ensure the highest level of quality.

 

[Video] Feast Your Ears on the Galaxy Note9’s S Pen-Inspired Alerts

Each new addition to the Note family introduces enhancements that make the smartphones’ iconic design even more distinctive. Recently, these refinements have resulted in the series developing a signature sound inspired by the smartphones’ inimitable S Pen.

 

Last year, Samsung’s audio UX team collaborated with a group of talented musicians to craft an exclusive set of S Pen-inspired ring- and notification tones for the Galaxy Note8. For the Galaxy Note9, the company asked Andrew Huang, a versatile and prolific musician, video producer and YouTube star, to compose a brand-new set of creative songs and sounds using ordinary pens and paper.

 

The Toronto-based artist was more than up to the challenge of crafting unique sounds with unconventional instruments. As any of his 1.4 million (and counting) YouTube subscribers will tell you, Huang has a reputation for working musical magic, and is particularly well known for his ability to produce dynamic beats using everyday objects.

 

The three ringtones and two notifications that Huang produced feature beats that incorporate a variety of pen and paper-created sounds, including light taps, tears and the crinkling of paper, accompanied by a keyboard, synths and guitar. Huang even added his ‘signature sound’ to the mix—i.e., he recorded the actual sound of signing his signature. The resulting set of ringtones and notifications is at once soothing, upbeat, and brimming with energy.

 

Check out the video below to watch Huang introduce the Galaxy Note9’s new sounds and walk us through his creative process.

 

[In-Depth Look #4] Beautiful From Every Angle: The Design of the Galaxy Note9

Samsung approached the Galaxy Note9’s design with equal focus on usability and on empowering users’ expression.

 

As a result, the latest addition to the Note family is not only easy to use, with its customizable, Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) connected S Pen, it’s also easy on the eyes, with a thoughtfully refined display and frame design. And with a total of four standout color options, which users are encouraged to mix and match with S Pens and accessories of various hues, the Galaxy Note9 offers users more ways to express their fashion and style.

 

 

Enhancing an Iconic Design

The Galaxy Note9 furthers the Note series’ stunning design heritage with a sleek and square form factor, as well as enhancements that enable users to multitask more efficiently and enjoy immersive multimedia experiences.

 

A cornerstone of Samsung’s design legacy, the Infinity Display is known for its seamless form and captivating visuals. Measuring 6.4 inches, the Galaxy Note9’s Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display is the series’ largest yet, offering more room for work, play and everything in between. That means a bigger screen to immerse yourself in a favorite movie or game, and more space to write or create with the S Pen.

 

 

To amplify users’ immersion, Samsung rounded the corners of the display to a bare minimum, and refined the Galaxy Note9’s barely-there bezels to conceal its iris sensor. The screen itself is also a deeper black, which allows it to blend in with the bezels when the device is off and enhances the overall aesthetic. Other enhancements include the redesigned camera deco, which now matches the color of the device, and the repositioned fingerprint sensor, which is now found beneath the camera.

 

The smartphone’s design is rounded off with a choice of four expressive color options: Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Metallic Copper and Lavender Purple.

 

 

 

A Standout S Pen

Each Note adds new capabilities to the smartphones’ signature feature: the S Pen. Over the years, these enhancements have unlocked innovative ways for users to manage their mobile lives more comfortably and freely. When designing the Galaxy Note9, Samsung’s team focused on enhancements that would take the S Pen’s ‘freeing’ aspects to the next level, transforming it into more than a tool, but rather a device in its own right, complete with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity and its own independent functions.

 

The S Pen’s individuality is also reflected in aesthetic elements of the Galaxy Note9’s design. For example, unlike the other colorways, which each feature an S Pen in a matching hue, the stylish Ocean Blue model comes with a vibrant Yellow S Pen that stands out from the rest. And because each model’s S Pen is compatible with any other Galaxy Note9, you can easily swap your S Pen for another if you feel like a different color would better suit your style*.

 

 

The S Pen’s significance to the line is also reflected in the new flagship’s packaging, which prominently displays an image of the S Pen in place of the devices’ traditional logo. This adjustment was made to honor the S Pen as the symbol of the Note series, and a key reason why the smartphones have garnered countless fans.

 

 

 

A Refined Frame

One of the first things you’ll notice when holding the Galaxy Note9 is just how nicely it sits in the hand. The smartphone’s comfortable contours are the result of a frame design that reflects thoughtful consideration for both usability and aesthetics.

 

The metal frame was forged using a cutting process known as Dia-cutting, which utilizes a fast-rotating artificial diamond tool to create smooth, glossy surfaces that accentuate design details. The process involved tapering the surfaces of the frame that blend into the device’s front and back, and carefully rounding the middle section, which comes into contact with your palm the most. The tapered parts of the frame feature a glossy finish, while the rounded middle section is matte.

 

The resulting frame is sleek and slim, and features an interplay of glossy and matte finishes that complements the Galaxy Note9’s premium design cues.

 

  • The video above illustrates the dia-cutting process, followed by the coloring procedure of the Galaxy Note9.

 

Exceptional Accessories

The Galaxy Note9’s accessories selection includes a wide range of stylish covers that offer users more ways to customize their smartphone’s aesthetic. Designed to suit a wide array of tastes, the protective covers span from fine leather to military-grade options.

 

The new Leather Wallet Cover is perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch. Crafted from genuine calf leather, it features a handy card pocket as well as a soft microfiber lining that helps protect the Galaxy Note9 from scratches. It’s available in a choice of five colors—black, brown, red, blue and yellow—which users are encouraged to mix and match with their Galaxy Note9 to showcase their style.

 

 

Also included in the Galaxy Note9’s collection of compatible accessories is Samsung’s new Wireless Charger Duo. A combination of the Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand and the Wireless Charging Pad, the fast-charging two-in-one allows users to quickly charge their phone alongside another Qi-compatible phone or wearable. The charger eliminates the need to fumble with cables each time you need to top up your devices’ batteries, and its built-in stand offers easy access to your phone’s screen.

 

 

*Each model’s S Pen is also available for individual sale.

**Certified MIL-STD-810G-516.7 compliant.

[In-Depth Look #1] A Mobile Remote Control: The Galaxy Note9’s Connected S Pen

Each new addition to the Note family introduces exciting capabilities to the smartphones’ signature feature: the S Pen. Over the years, these refinements have unlocked innovative ways for users to communicate with others and streamline work, play and everything in between.

 

The Galaxy Note9’s S Pen raises the bar with an array of convenient additions, including Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) connectivity, Samsung DeX compatibility, and integration with several fan-favorite Note features. Together, these enhancements offer much greater control over your mobile experience, making it easier to get the most out of everything you do.

 

 

 

Even Better with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE)

The S Pen has always been a boundary-pushing innovation, but adding BLE connectivity takes it to another level, literally expanding the boundaries within which you can use your S Pen to manage your device.

 

The S Pen’s connectivity allows it to serve as an intuitive remote control for your Galaxy Note9 that lets you easily manage key functions, including the device’s camera, from within 10 meters of the device. This means that when taking a selfie or a fun photo with friends, after launching the camera, rather than reaching for the shutter button (and possibly jeopardizing your carefully framed shot), you can instantly snap your pic with a click of the S Pen’s button. A double-click will switch from the front to the rear camera, and vice versa.

 

 

Other apps that support the use of the S Pen as a remote control include the Gallery app and various presentation and media-player apps1. A simple click or double-click will allow you to play/pause a song, skip to the next track or video, or view the next/previous image in an album. You can even utilize the S Pen as a convenient clicker for presenting with the Galaxy Note9 and Samsung DeX. And with its open SDK (software development kit), developers will be able to integrate the S Pen’s intuitive controls into a wide range of apps that will allow you to streamline more tasks with a simple click.

 

 

The S Pen also allows you to easily launch a favorite app or feature with a long press, regardless of the currently opened app. You can also customize clicks in the S Pen’s settings2.

 

 

BLE technology ensures that the S Pen is always ready whenever you need it, enabling the device to pair with the Galaxy Note9 as soon as it’s removed, and maintaining a stable connection even when Bluetooth is turned off. The S Pen’s Super Capacitor takes just 40 seconds to reach full charge, and offers 30 minutes of power—or up to 200 clicks.

 

Made for Multitaskers

Note users are true multitaskers who require a phone that’s as versatile as they are. That’s why Samsung enhanced the Galaxy Note9’s S Pen with Samsung DeX support: to offer users more ways to get down to work.

 

Samsung’s ultimate productivity service solution has been enhanced for the Galaxy Note9 with highly portable HDMI adapters, which users can easily plug in to a display when on the go without the need for a separate device. In addition, there’s also the dual screen support that allows you to work simultaneously on the smartphone’s display and on a connected monitor.

 

 

Connecting the Galaxy Note9 to a monitor will also allow you to utilize the device as a touch keyboard, a touch pad, or a surface for writing or drawing with the S Pen. The S Pen’s pressure-sensitive tip delivers a realistic and efficient writing experience when working on Samsung DeX, making it easy to, for instance, take notes on an interesting video that you’re watching on the monitor, or fine tune an image or illustration using your Galaxy Note9 and the Adobe software suite.

 

More Ways to Make Your Mark

Last year’s Galaxy Note8 introduced Live Message, a particularly fun feature that allows you to inject more emotion into messages by drawing your own emojis, making animated GIFs, and customizing photos with pen effects and handwritten notes.

 

The Galaxy Note9 expands Live Message’s expressive capabilities by integrating support for Samsung’s ever-emotive, user-resembling AR Emoji stickers. The S Pen adds new layers of fun to sharing AR Emoji stickers by allowing you to customize them with personalized messages, drawings and more effects, which may be shared via messaging apps.

 

 

And the fun doesn’t stop there, thanks to the new PENUP-powered Photo Drawing and Live Drawing features. The former adds a creative twist to the Gallery app, allowing you to draw over your own pics to create impressive works of art, while the latter offers video tutorials to help you fine-tune your artistic skills.

 

 

Screen off memo has also been made more dynamic, as the color of the pen’s markings now matches the color of the S pen itself—either yellow (for the Ocean Blue Galaxy Note9), light grey (for the Midnight Black model), lavender purple or metallic copper.

A Refined Design

The Galaxy Note9’s S Pen is comfortable in the hand, measuring 106 millimeters in length and weighing in at 3.1 grams. Its 0.7-millimeter tip and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity provide impeccable precision, adding comfort and accuracy to note taking and drawing.

 

Like the Galaxy Note9 itself, the S Pen is IP68 water and dust resistant3. So wherever your day takes you, and no matter conditions, you can rest assured that it’ll be ready to work.

 

 

1Compatible apps include Camera, Gallery, Voice Recorder, Samsung Music, Samsung Video, Microsoft PowerPoint, Hancom SHOW, B162, Snow, YouTube, Snapchat and almost all music apps. Additional apps available after launch.

2App compatibility may vary.

3Water resistance rating is based on test conditions of submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

[Infographic] Experience the Power of the Galaxy Note9

Sure, we love our smartphones, but when they have an off-day, we’re ready to throw our beloved devices out the window.

 

Imagine a device that never has an off-day. Building on the Galaxy Note heritage, Samsung delivers in Galaxy Note9 the most seamless mobile experience to date. The latest Note offering transforms how you interact with the device, helping you achieve more in work and life.

 

[Infographic] Think You Know the S Pen? Think Again

In just a short time, Samsung’s S Pen has revolutionized the way people use their phones. Over the years, this trademark of the Note series has evolved dramatically in style, design, as well as capabilities.

 

The Galaxy Note9’s S Pen with remote control takes the iconic stylus to the next level, further transforming simple gestures into powerful actions. If you think you already know the S Pen, you’re in for a surprise.

 

[Video] Unveil: How Samsung Puts Productivity at the Heart of the Galaxy Tab S4

In an age of iterative updates, isn’t it time your tablet evolved? Samsung is answering that call with the Galaxy Tab S4 to take the productivity, entertainment and connectivity experience to the next level. With Samsung DeX on tablets for the very first time, a refined S Pen, an immersive display optimized for entertainment, and the ability to offer true-to-life audio quality, this isn’t your traditional tablet—it’s a leap forward in power and productivity so you can get more done wherever you are.

 

Built for the digital savvy, tech-forward professional, the Galaxy Tab S4 introduces a range of new updates that will change the way you interact with your portable devices. Check out the video below as Hassan Anjum and Jonathan Wong, directors of product marketing at Samsung Electronics, walk you through the latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy family.

 

Mr. Doodle Unlocks the Creativity of the Galaxy Note With S Pen-Inspired Doodle Exhibition

When you think of doodling, you probably think of mindless scribbles on a legal pad made during those long, afternoon meetings. But for Sam Cox, doodling isn’t for staving off boredom – it’s a dream come true. The 24-year-old British artist, known as Mr. Doodle, has earned a dedicated online following for his unique graffiti style doodles.

 

In 2015, he made a viral hit with Appear Hear’s pop-up store, which he transformed into a massive doodle art installation, garnering 36 million views. Since then he has created mrdoodle.com, where you can find information about his art and appearances as well as purchase prints and merchandise. But he’s not just an online sensation, he also draws a crowd at his offline events.

 

In one such event, Cox participated in a doodle marathon to raise money for sick children. He was also appointed the spokesperson for the Korea Foster Care Center in May 2018. His success has led to collaborations with brands like Macy’s, MTV, New Balance, and most recently, Samsung.

 

Cox opened the Doodle World exhibition this month at the Ara Art Center — his first in Korea — featuring artwork drawn with Samsung devices. For just a small fee, visitors can borrow a Galaxy S9+ to be their audio guide as they walk through a variety of doodle installations, including a wall with a screen made of 132 Galaxy Note 8s showing Mr. Doodle’s work created with the S Pen. In another S Pen gallery, guests can take selfies with the Galaxy Note8 and decorate it with Mr. Doodle’s artwork, which they can then send to themselves via email as a souvenir. Here are some highlights from the gallery.

 

DJ Koh, Samsung Electronics CEO, celebrates the opening of the Doodle World exhibition with Mr. Doodle. (Photo from Sinit)

 

Guests take selfies in the S Pen gallery and decorate them with Mr. Doodle’s artwork. (Photo from Sinit)

 

Mr. Doodle gets a quick snapshot of his handiwork on the media wall installation. (Photo from Sinit)

 

The media wall changes colors and images, highlighting work Cox created with the Galaxy Note8 and S Pen. (Photo from Sinit)

 

Doodles don’t stop on paper. Cox’s signature style is to cover every available surface in doodles. (Photo from Sinit)

 

Yes, that means the walls, furniture, and even television get the Mr. Doodle treatment. (Photo from Sinit)

 

When you run out of clothing to draw on, the wall is the next best canvas! (Photo from Sinit)

 

The crowd looks on as Mr. Doodle finishes a sprawling wall installation. (Photo from Sinit)

 

The Doodle World gallery runs from July 4 to September 9, and a portion of audio guide fees will be donated to the Korea Foster Care Center.

PENUP App and The Frame Announce Digital Art Competition Winners

Digital art is transforming visual culture. Today, you can draw pictures and hold paintings on a screen that sits in the palm of your hand. With no need for a studio or gallery, your smartphone becomes a canvas and your TV can frame your art, as masterpieces are shared across communities.

 

A recent partnership neatly illustrates the digital art ecosystem in action, as PENUP, a digital art community for S Pen artists, and The Frame lifestyle TV got together to launch a Challenge for the PENUP community. The theme for the Challenge was “Let’s Draw a Picture for Kid’s Room”, with the window for submissions opening on May 16 and closing a month later, on June 15.

 

The competition was open to all PENUP users and a total of 1,846 drawings were submitted. After 15 days of careful deliberation, the judges awarded 17 entrants with prizes. The first-place winner and runner-up both received their very own The Frame TVs and all winning pictures were placed in The Frame “Art Store”, to be exhibited in front of owners of The Frame TVs across the globe.

 

 

First place was awarded to hee_ddo27 (entry shown above) for a charmingly imaginative illustration, with warm colors and a playful depiction of nature. The picture stimulates the mind, leaving the lines between mountain, sea and sky undefined.

 

 

The runner-up was nana, with a fairy tale representation of animals popular amongst children (above). The black and white monotone color scheme is minimal and stylish, fitting for its display on The Frame TV and appealing to children and adults alike.

 

With many artists choosing animals and child-friendly characters as their subjects, soft lines were a recurring feature amongst the winning pictures. The S Pen allowed the artists to express details in a wide variety of different, creating watercolor strokes, pencil lines and cartoon effects that reflect their unique styles.

 

Check out more of the prize-winning pieces below.

 

Drawn by CAREUS

 

Drawn by Elly

 

Drawn by miram

 

Drawn by Jeru_art

 

Drawn by toBACme

 

Drawn by cici

 

The S Pen allows anyone to draw and develop their skills on their own digital canvas. Owners of The Frame TV can change the digital artworks they see according to their mood. With this collaboration between PENUP and The Frame TV, the digital world has brought us even closer to the small masterpieces in our everyday lives.

 

Sharing Digital Art

 

PENUP A social network and digital art community for sharing drawing and pictures created with the S Pen*. The S Pen recognizes 4,096 different pressure levels and allows users to choose various brush effects, including watercolors, oil paints and pastels. Even beginners can draw without requiring special tools. PENUP creators have published 2.5 million pieces of art on the platform and artists can share their S Pen tips and techniques with other users on PENUP.

 

The Frame A TV equipped with an Art Mode, which can be used to display beautiful works of art that add elegance to an interior. The TV’s intensity sensor controls brightness and colors according to the environment, making the digital artwork indistinguishable from the real thing in any situation. Samsung Art Store is embedded in the TV, where users can purchase photos and digital artworks. The store offers pieces that range from classical to modern for display on The Frame TV.

 

*The S Pen is available for Galaxy Note smartphones, Galaxy Book, Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and several other tablets and laptop devices.

How to Capture the Perfect Photos this Holiday Season with the Galaxy Note8

As the days draw nearer to the holidays, and family and friends gather together to celebrate, there are countless moments to cherish. With a broad array of features, the Galaxy Note8 camera allows you to easily and conveniently hold on to these memories in vivid detail. After all, the most wonderful time of the year calls for the most wonderful pictures to remember it by.

 

With lights, glitter and tinsel aplenty, it’s not always easy to achieve the perfect nighttime shot of the holiday decorations adorning city centers and homes. To the naked eye, the lights may shine brightly against the night sky, but in a photo, they can appear dull and undefined.

 

The Galaxy Note8’s dual camera is equipped with a fast F1.7 wide-angle lens with Dual Pixel technology and an F2.4 telephoto lens, which together are able to quickly and accurately pinpoint the subject the user is focusing on. Thus, the camera can capture sharper and brighter shots even in low light environments – where holiday lights and decorations tend to look their best.

 

 

What’s more, both 12MP lenses of the dual camera are outfitted with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which ensures crisp, focused images in all lighting conditions, even when you’re shooting with an unsteady hand (which is often the case during the frigid winter months).

 

 

Whether it’s capturing the excitement for the new year or a special moment with loved ones, photos stand out in sharp relief with Live Focus. The tool creates a bokeh effect, making the subject of the photo stand out in stunning detail, while blurring its surroundings beautifully into the background.

 

Left: Before adjusting blur, Right: After adjusting blur

 

To switch on the effect, select the Live Focus option, positioned above the camera shutter button in preview mode. Make sure to stand about four feet away from the subject of the picture, and use the sliding gauge which appears above to adjust the level of the blur effect to your liking. Should you decide after taking the photo to remove the blur, or alter its intensity, you can do so in the Gallery app.

 

In Dual Capture mode, both the phone’s rear wide-angle and telephoto lenses work simultaneously to capture two separate images. You can then access both zoomed-in and wide-angle versions of the shot from the Gallery so you don’t miss any of the magic happening outside the frame.

 

Top: Close-up, Bottom: Wide Angle

 

If you plan to overindulge on seasonal eats and treats this holiday season, make sure they look as delicious as they taste.

 

Before you bite into it, emphasize and enhance the colors of the centerpiece cake by snapping a photo of it in Food Mode. Just swipe left in preview mode to bring up a range of options and tap Food. Find the tastiest looking treat to be the focus of your photo. Then tap on the screen or drag the circle to move the highlighted area to that spot.

 

Left: Auto Focus, Right: Food Mode

 

Create even more professional-looking images with a range of adjustable features in Pro Mode. Swipe left in preview mode and tap Pro to open up the range of options: ISO, Shutter Speed, Color Tone, Manual Focus, White Balance and Exposure Compensation. With Pro Mode, there’s no need to lug around your DSLR camera on the family winter vacation; get professional-quality images with the Galaxy Note8!

 

Top: Auto Focus, Bottom: Pro Mode

 

Looking for a way to add some warming winter spice to your pictures? Enhance your selfies with holiday-themed stickers. Simply tap STICKERS just below the preview screen and select one that best suits your shot. Alternatively, jazz up your photo using the Live Message feature. Give yourself celebratory 2018 headbands, write a holiday greeting or add a festive doodle right on your photo with the S Pen, then share it with a friend to spread instant holiday cheer.

 

Live Message: photo edited using stickers and S-pen

 

Featuring Samsung’s best-in-class dual camera, with dual OIS on both lenses, along with Live Focus, Dual Capture and Live Message features, the Galaxy Note8 is the ultimate device for taking photos that are crisp and clear, and capturing special holiday moments in the way you want to remember them for years to come. Happy holidays!

How the Notebook 9 Pen Blends Powerful Performance with Premium Design

Featuring a thoughtfully refined design that allows users to do so much more using the built-in S Pen, Samsung’s new Notebook 9 Pen was built for those who are always exploring, always creating, and never content to simply stand still.

 

The 2-in-1 PC’s cutting-edge specs, including a powerful 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and exceptional portability make it incredibly versatile, and perfect for those who are always on the move. Let’s explore how Samsung optimized the premium device to feature some truly amazing moves of its own.

 

 

Designed for Function and Flexibility

The Notebook 9 Pen’s slim, single-shell body is as seamless and refined as ever, and now even more portable thanks to Samsung’s use of Metal12™. This ultralight magnesium-aluminum alloy allows the notebook to weigh in at just 995 grams (2.2 pounds), which makes it one of the lightest in its class. In addition, the alloy itself has been treated with an advanced Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) process that provides its surface with a tough oxide coating, enhancing durability.

 

 

The S Pen seamlessly slots into the bottom of the notebook, so it’s always there when you need it. And when inspiration strikes, the 360-degree convertible hinge lets you instantly transform the device from a notebook into a tablet, allowing you to comfortably access the vibrant, 13-inch RealView display from any angle.

 

Content depicted on the premium display is bright and accurate, thanks to the device’s peak brightness of 450 nits and ability to display 95 percent of the sRGB color space. This allows the notebook to produce lifelike colors and picture quality, which makes it a perfect fit for graphic designers, and makes everything from viewing a video to reading or browsing the web more immersive and engaging.

 

The display also features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle that allows it to be seen clearly when users adjust their position, or when they are viewing or collaborating on content with friends or colleagues.

 

 

Because the Notebook 9 Pen was designed for mobility, it also supports a variety of convenient charging methods that make it easy for users to power up on the go – even without the device’s compact adaptor. The notebook may be easily charged via a compatible smartphone charger or an external battery pack, and even supports fast charging.* So you won’t have to worry about a misplaced adaptor impeding your productivity.

 

 

 

S Pen Optimization

The Notebook 9 Pen’s S Pen is impeccably precise, featuring a 0.7mm tip and capable of recognizing up to 4,096 levels of pressure. This level of precision, along with the implement’s ability to detect when it’s been tilted, evokes an incredibly natural writing experience and allows artists to express fine details with ease.

 

 

The notebook automatically detects when the S Pen has been pulled out and springs into action, instantly launching the Air Command menu that houses convenient shortcuts for a wide array of S Pen features. These features, which will be familiar to users of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones, include Smart Select, which lets you conveniently crop and capture a desired portion of your screen, and Screen Write, which allows you to easily mark up screen-captured images. And because the S Pen is – as always – battery-free, it’s always ready to help you express yourself and be productive.

 

Speaking of which, the Notebook 9 Pen also features several built-in tools, including versatile apps like Autodesk SketchBook and the Samsung Notes app, designed to help users express themselves and work more effectively. These apps add comfort and convenience to everything from doodling to writing, sketching, painting and more, and make each task that much more enjoyable.

 

 

 

Boost Productivity with Voice Notes and teamPL

The Notebook 9 Pen’s Voice Note function offers users an innovative way to record their – and others’ – brilliant ideas.

 

 

The software allows you to record crystal clear audio via the Notebook 9 Pen’s ‘far-field’ microphone, which utilizes advanced hardware, algorithms and noise suppression technology to isolate and record sounds even from distant sources. The function makes it easy to locate specific points in a recorded audio file – so finding a key highlight won’t require you to listen to the recording all over again – while also allowing you to mark and take notes within the file itself.

 

Another Notebook 9 Pen feature designed to help students and professionals work and study more efficiently is teamPL, a software solution that allows you to easily share what’s displayed on your screen with up to five friends or colleagues connected to the same network. Utilizing this feature will allow you to instantly show others what you’re working on or looking at, and help your team collaborate more effectively.

 

 

Seamlessly Sync Your Smartphone

The Notebook 9 Pen also boasts support for a variety of Samsung apps designed to streamline how users share files, capture memories, and communicate.

 

Support for the Samsung Link Sharing app makes it simple for users to share files stored on their PC – including photos, videos and documents – with their family, friends and colleagues. Transfers may be facilitated to virtually anyone with another PC or a smart device. **

 

The device’s Samsung Gallery integration, meanwhile, offers simple tools to streamline how users manage their most precious files: their photos and videos. Each time you use your phone*** to capture a memorable moment, Samsung Gallery will automatically sync the photo or video via Samsung Cloud so that it appears in the Notebook 9 Pen’s version of the app. This provides you with more freedom – and space – to manage and share your content.

 

 

Finally, the notebook’s Samsung Messages app allows you to instantly reply to incoming texts and message any of your contacts without ever reaching for your phone. You can even use the app to drag and drop large files (up to 1GB) saved on the Notebook 9 Pen to share them with contacts saved on your phone. ****

 

 

Seriously Secure

Along with packing a slew of seriously fun features, the Notebook 9 Pen comes preinstalled with Samsung Security, a seriously stout security solution designed to enhance users’ privacy and safeguard sensitive data.

 

 

The software’s Privacy Folder feature allows users to add an extra layer of protection to sensitive files; the Secret Screen function obscures the notebook’s screen so that it’s visible only to the user; and Block Recording ensures that your webcam is protected from unauthorized access and recording.

 

 

The Notebook 9 Pen’s Windows Hello support adds enterprise-grade biometric security to logins to streamline how users access their device and protect their data. The IR front-facing camera’s facial-recognition technology allows you to unlock your notebook with a glance, while the built-in fingerprint sensor lets you securely log in to your device, websites, and other services with a simple swipe – no password typing required.

 

The Notebook 9 Pen is currently available to preorder in Korea, and will launch in select markets in the first quarter of 2018.

 

 

* Requires either an AFC type Samsung battery pack, or a QX2.0 (Qualcomm) type battery.

** Size limit for each file is 1GB, and up to 2GB of content may be shared within a 48-hour span.

*** Compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 7.0 and above, as well as select devices running Android 6.0, including the Galaxy Note4, Note5, S6 edge, S7 and S7 edge.

**** Compatible with Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 7.0 and above, as well as select devices running Android 6.0, including the Galaxy Note5, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S7 and S7 edge. Availability may vary by region. This feature utilizes SMS, and carriers may charge for usage depending on the user’s data plan.

Upgrade Your Digital Lifestyle with the New Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018)

Samsung Electronics today announced the new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and three new versions of the Samsung Notebook 9 (2018), offering a mobile computing experience that matches how people are using their PCs: whether at work, on the go and everything in between. Designed to deliver the best in mobility, these four new notebooks ensure a computing experience that is powerful, portable, connected and secure. When paired with the latest productivity tools and services available from Samsung, the Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) are the perfect complement to match a lifestyle where work or play can happen anywhere and at any time.

 

“At Samsung, we have long felt that technology must fit within the lives of the consumer, not the other way around. Over the past several years, the lines between our personal and professional lives have started to blur creating the need for technology that allows us to connect, collaborate and share from anywhere,” said YoungGyoo Choi, Senior Vice President of the PC Business Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and enhanced Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) and Samsung Notebook 9 Pen offer our customers premium, powerful and portable devices that provide the tools to securely work from anywhere, breaking the boundaries of previously accepted standards for what a notebook should be.”

 

 

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen: Superb Flexibility, Portability with S Pen and Convertible Hinge

The Notebook 9 Pen brings a thoughtfully refined design to the 2-in-1 PC. Its full metal chassis with premium magnesium aluminum – lighter than aluminum – alloy called Metal12™ provides durability while keeping it super light at 2.2 pounds. The 360 degree hinge provides flexibility for users to convert to a tablet from a laptop with ease by rotating the keyboard behind the screen for convenience.

 

The Notebook 9 Pen provides ultimate convenience with a built-in, refined S Pen that gives users the freedom to doodle, write, sketch, paint and more. The S Pen is battery free, built into the device and designed for immediate use. The S Pen can recognize 4,096 levels of pressure with a fine 0.7mm tip and convenient tilt detection to allow a more natural writing and drawing experience. When the S Pen is removed from the notebook, Air Command automatically launches providing convenient S Pen shortcuts, Samsung Notes and Autodesk Sketchbook, so that users can write, draw and create immediately.

 

 

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018): Powerful Design, yet Lightweight and Thin

With three different versions offering a 13.3” to a 15” screen and enhanced graphics capabilities, the Notebook 9 (2018) weighs up to 2.84 pounds and measures 15.4mm, one of the lightest and thinnest notebook devices in its class. The bezel around the screen measures 6.2mm providing a more immersive experience. This means great portability without sacrificing screen size, as well as a stronger, more durable metal body featuring Metal12™ which provides durability while keeping it super light.

 

The device also provides always-on power thanks to the 75Wh Hexacell battery, Samsung’s largest and most powerful battery placed inside a notebook. For the times when charging is necessary, it also supports fast charging.

 

 

Living a Blended Lifestyle

The new Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) feature key improvements designed to support our personal and professional lives. These features include:

 

  • Notebooks designed for mobility – both devices are among the thinnest in their class for easy portability, and working on-the-go. Made from Metal12™ complemented by Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) technology, both devices are lighter than most metal laptops, yet durable with the advanced MAO treatment of oxide coating on the surface to ensure to-do lists get finished regardless of where life takes you.
  • Added security and convenience – both devices come with Windows Hello built-in for secure authentication through the fingerprint sensor without having to type in a password, while the Notebook 9 Pen also features an IR front-facing camera for facial recognition login through Windows Hello. Both PCs feature the Privacy Folder for storing sensitive data.
  • High-quality performance – combining the best in portability with a high-quality display and strong performance, the RealView display brings a bright and accurate premium image, with lifelike colors and incredible brightness ideal for using the device both indoors and out. Both devices also feature the latest 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and Samsung Dual Channel Memory for quick speeds to handle jobs like running multiple programs or viewing and rendering high-quality graphics without reduced performance or speed.
  • Productivity and collaboration – Samsung offers several tools that appeal to tech-savvy professionals such as Samsung Link Sharing, which allows users to transfer videos, photos and documents stored on their PC to another computer or smart device*. Additional software solutions available on both devices include Samsung Message that enable users to send messages from their PC to contacts saved on their smartphone**, as well as preinstalled Voice Note for voice-activated note taking, and Studio Plus for custom content creation and editing.

 

 

Availability

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be available in select countries starting in December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S. Both the Notebook 9 Pen and Notebook 9 (2018) will be displayed at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

 

 

Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) and Notebook 9 Pen Product Specifications***

  Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 13.3”
(Display 900X3T & 900X3U)
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) 15”
(Display 900X5T & 900X5U, Display & Discreet Graphics 900X5T)
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 13” (930QAA)
PROCESSOR 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
MEMORY Up to 16GB (DDR4) Up to 16GB (DDR4) Up to 16GB (DDR4)
STORAGE Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe) Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe) Up to 512GB (NVMe PCIe)
GRAPHICS Intel® HD Graphics Intel® HD Graphics / NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (GDDR5 2GB) Intel® HD Graphics
POWER 75Wh 75Wh 39Wh
WEIGHT 995g 1,250g – 1,290g 995g
CMF Titan Silver/Crush White Titan Silver/Crush White Light Titan
DIMENSION 309.4 x 208 x 14.9mm 347.9 x 229.4 x 15.4mm 310.5 x 206.6 x 14.6-16.5mm
PORTS USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 2, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in Thunderbolt 3 x 1 (or USB type C), USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, uSD x 1, HP/Mic x 1, DC-in USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 1, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in
MATERIAL Metal12™(Mg) Metal12™(Mg) Metal12™(Mg)
DISPLAY 13.3” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080) | sRGB95% | △E < 2.5 | Max 500nits 15.0” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080) | sRGB95% | △E < 2.5 | Max 500nits 13.3” Samsung RealViewTouch, FHD (1920 x 1080), sRGB95%, △E < 2.5, Max 450nits
CAMERA 720p 720p IR camera, 720p
SPEAKER 1.5w X 2 1.5w X 2 1.5w X 2
STYLUS N/A N/A Integrated S Pen (Bundle)
SECURITY Fingerprint Sensor Fingerprint Sensor Fingerprint Sensor
KEYBOARD Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
ADAPTER 65W Adapter (DC-in) 65W Adapter (DC-in) 45W small adapter (DC-in)

 

*Size limit for each file is 1GB, and up to 2GB of contents can be shared within 48 hours.

 

**The feature utilizes SMS and the carrier may charge for the usage depending on the data plan. Feature availability varies depending on the region.

 

***All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Check Out the Galaxy Note8’s Exclusive S Pen-Inspired Ring and Notification Tones

Don’t be surprised if, the next time you’re with friends and they receive a call on their Galaxy Note8, you find yourself asking them to pump up the volume.

 

That’s because Samsung has outfitted its latest flagship device with an exclusive set of ring- and notification tones that feature catchy, modern beats. The S Pen-inspired ‘pen and beat’ playlist includes three ringtones and two alerts composed by a gifted young ‘pen beater’, a world-class beatboxer and an acclaimed musician and producer.

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 features S Pen-inspired ring- and notification tones created with the help of (from left) a world-class beatboxer, ‘pen beater’ and producer.

 

A Kinetic Collaboration

Musical inspiration comes easily to Jinyoung Choi, whose popular ‘pen beating’ videos spotlight a fresh and inventive way to use pens as outlets for creativity.

 

Fourteen-year-old pen beater Jinyoung Choi (left) and professional beatboxer 2 Tak have risen to fame in their native Korea for their unique, kinetic sounds.

 

Jinyoung transforms the relatively simple action of tapping pens on a table into a nuanced form of musical expression, deftly utilizing each part of the writing instruments – the cap, body and tip – to produce a variety of sounds. The 14-year-old’s energetic pen beating videos have racked up millions of views online, and earned him a global following.

 

*Sounds recorded during this session were used to compose the Note8’s ‘pen and beat’ ring and notification tones

 

To complement Jinyoung’s kinetic sound, Samsung enlisted the help of professional beatboxer and rapper 2 Tak, and placed the dynamic duo in a studio with famed musician and producer Tucker, aka Tadashi Takatsuka.

 

*Sounds recorded during this session were used to compose the Note8’s ‘pen and beat’ ring and notification tones

 

In Tucker, Samsung found the perfect supervisor for its ‘pen and beat’ collaboration. Not only does he have extensive experience composing distinctive sounds for some of the world’s top brands, he’s also produced more than 30 albums, and hosted a TV show in his native Japan that showcased inventive ways to create music.

 

Famed producer and musician Tucker has produced more than 30 albums, and hosted a TV show in his native Japan that showcased inventive ways to create music.

 

 

A Signature Soundtrack

Each of the collaborating artists brings to the table a diverse set of skills that, when harmonized, create sounds that are reflective of multifaceted millennials.

 

Before they went about composing the new tracks, the artists were asked to consider the types of sounds they’d like to introduce as ringtones. The synthesis of their respective talents – 2 Tak’s melodic beatboxing, Tucker’s instrumentals and Jinyoung’s dynamic pen beating – produced three unique, head-bumping ringtones, titled “Bubble Beat”, “Happy Jungle” and “Kitchen Mix”. Each song is as fresh and energetic as it is distinct.

 

The trio’s Galaxy Note8 notification sounds are called “Beatbox” and “Pen Beats”, and feature punchy and pleasant solos from the two performing artists. Grab your earphones and give the new tones a listen.

 

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    Bubble Beat

     

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    Happy Jungle

     

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    Kitchen Mix

     

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    Beatbox

     

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    Pen Beats

     

 

The Galaxy Note8’s ‘pen and beat’ playlist is not only thoroughly inventive and easy on the ears, it’s also a fun and engaging expression of the flagship’s ability to foster users’ creativity.

[Interview] An Inside Look at the Planning of the Galaxy Note8

With the Galaxy Note8, users get a bigger Infinity Display, the S Pen to communicate in more personal ways, and Samsung’s best-ever smartphone camera to capture stunning photos. It’s a device that’s truly designed for the way consumers lead their lives and lean on technology today.

 

But what exactly does it take to plan a product like Samsung’s latest smartphone? BJ Kang and Cue Kim, of Samsung Electronics’ Global Product Planning Group, Mobile Communications Business, sat down with Samsung Newsroom to explain.

 

Cue Kim (left) and BJ Kang, of the Galaxy Note8’s planning team.

 

 

Q. Was the planning process for the Galaxy Note8 different from those of previous products?

 

Kang: Following the Galaxy Note7 incident, Samsung Mobile Communications Business, which had been moving forward so quickly, had the chance to reflect on the core benefits that Note users require of their device. When the time came to design the next model, we made it our priority to reward our loyal users with our most innovative Note yet.

 

Therefore, the product planning process for the Galaxy Note8 was far more intense than ever before. We also extended the assessment period to ensure maximum safety, and our designated task force carefully evaluated the product by means of the 8-Point Battery Safety Check.

 

 

Q. Did you also prioritize that approach – contemplating core benefits – when determining the Galaxy Note8’s new features?

 

Kim: Absolutely. Whereas before, we took a more ‘big picture’ approach when considering which features to add or innovations to apply, with the Galaxy Note8, we really wanted to hone in on the needs of our users.

 

To help ensure that consumers are getting what they want from their smartphone, Samsung utilizes qualitative and quantitative research methods such as surveys and interviews to better understand how Note users use their device and what they want from it. For the Galaxy Note8, we decided to focus on enhancing the camera, the S Pen and the large display because our research, going back to the release of the first Note, in 2011, has consistently indicated that these are the features that users love the most.

 

 

Q. What is the most important thing to consider when choosing new features to add to a Note device?

 

Kang: Our top priority is the needs of the consumer. We generally develop and refine a new technology over the course of a few years before implementing it into a product. During that time, we closely observe consumer needs and consider whether or not the new technology is capable of meeting them. When the timing is right, we apply the technology.

 

Take the Note8’s dual camera as an example. We’ve been developing this technology for quite some time, refining features like Live focus, which lets you snap beautiful bokeh shots that make your subject stand out, and Dual Capture, which simultaneously captures your subject and its surroundings in a separate image. Of course, fundamentally, a dual camera should not only offer crisp close-up images but steady ones as well, which is why we placed particular emphasis on incorporating seamless optical image stabilization (OIS) technology into both cameras.

 

 

By the time we’d advanced this technology to a point where it met our stringent standards, the timing was perfect to add it to the Galaxy Note8.

 

 

Q. Who are your target consumers?

 

Kim: When we originally launched the Galaxy Note series, we had a feeling that business professionals would love it. More recently, the devices’ primary user group has expanded to include just about anyone who values productivity, entertainment and creativity. Millennials in particular are drawn to the Note, as they enjoy its communication customization tools and high-performance camera.

 

 

Q. In your opinion, which features make the Note popular with business professionals?

 

Kang: Many of the features of the Galaxy Note8 are useful for business professionals! For instance, the Note’s large display enhances productivity and multitasking, while the new App Pair feature lets users launch two designated apps at once from a single icon. We’ve noticed that these users tend to love the Screen off memo feature the most. This allows them to scribble down up to 100 editable pages of meeting minutes or lecture notes right onto the screen, even when it’s off.

 

 

 

Q. Samsung Note users are known to be particularly loyal to the brand. How have they responded to the Galaxy Note8?

 

Kim: We already knew that the Note series had a loyal fan base, but the initial reactions to the Galaxy Note8, which were even stronger than those of the Galaxy Note7, made that fact even clearer.

 

Samsung actually invited a number of Note users to the Galaxy Note8 launch event in New York in August, which was essentially dedicated to the loyal fanbase. For me personally, it was extremely touching and motivating to see how passionate Note users are about the product. I was so happy to see that all of the hard work we had put into planning a product that Note users would love had paid off.

 

 

Q. What’s next for the Note series’ planning team?

 

Kang: Usually, when one project comes to an end, we have a small break before moving on to the next. But this time, we’re not taking any breaks, even though the Galaxy Note8 product planning process was so challenging.

 

We are already considering how to approach the development of the next Note by evaluating the latest model and looking for ways to improve upon signature features like the S Pen. We will continue to keep users’ needs as our number one priority, and will innovate accordingly.

[Interview] How Samsung Optimized its Signature S Pen for the Galaxy Note8

The S Pen is the Note series’ defining feature – a versatile tool whose intuitive design and powerful functions make multitasking a breeze, and allow users to express themselves and connect with others in fun and creative ways. There’s truly nothing else quite like it.

 

The Galaxy Note8’s is the most powerful S Pen the series has ever seen. Here, Hyesoon Jeong, the Principal Engineer of Framework R&D Group for Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business Team, discusses various ways that Samsung optimized the implement’s latest iteration to streamline more facets of users’ daily lives.

 

 

 

Q. What kind of value does Samsung hope to deliver to consumers with the Galaxy Note8 and the S Pen’s new functions?

 

We’ve been delighted to hear that consumers who have used the S Pen with the Galaxy Note8 have given it good reviews so far, and remarked on how much better it feels to use the S Pen.

 

Many of these consumers had not had a chance to experience the S Pen’s convenient functions since the last device debuted. Therefore, when refining the design for the Galaxy Note8’s S Pen, we decided to, rather than upgrading the technology within, focus on adding features that would prove convenient in daily use.

 

 

Q. What are some of the processes that Samsung utilizes to identify potential S Pen functions?

 

In the beginning of each year, we hold a series of “Note Kickoff” meetings, which bring together our Development, Product Planning, UX and Usability teams. Each department is asked to present brand-new ideas for innovative features to include in the new model, and come up with ways to improve upon the previous device based on customer feedback. This is how the Note8’s new S Pen features came about – by diligently listening to our customers’ insights on previous S Pens.

 

 

Q. One of these new features, Live Message, has been particularly well received. What were your main focuses when developing it?

 

Live Message is a fun GIF-creation feature that’s an evolution of sorts of Smart Select, which was introduced with the previous Note device. We wanted to expand this type of functionality because the ability to create GIFs has proven popular among Note users, who are very active on social media. Live Message takes GIF creation a step further by allowing users to add personal touches to messages, via animated text or live emojis, and customize their photos with various pen effects.

 

 

Our main focus when developing it was usability. We wanted to make sure that the function would be freely available for users in markets across the world. Because people in different countries communicate via different channels, we worked closely with popular messaging services around the globe, working out conditions and regional restrictions, to build something that would work with them.

 

We also want to show users how easy it is to utilize the function when communicating with their friends. Our developers are currently working on software updates that will introduce more beautiful and decorative examples of animated GIFs for users who may not be entirely satisfied with their own GIF-creating handiwork to plug into messages. We’re also looking into expanding the selection of pen effects that users have at their disposal.

 

 

Q. What are some of the ways that users can utilize the S Pen when using Bixby?

 

Bixby integration currently allows users to utilize its voice command feature to adjust the type of pen they’re using, as well as its color.

 

 

The S Pen’s Bixby support also makes it easier for users to shop. When you’re surfing the web and you find an image of a product that you like, you can activate Bixby Vision via Air Command, hover the S Pen over it, and instantly search for it online.

 

 

Q. How did you improve the Screen off memo feature?

 

Screen off memo is another function that’s receiving positive reviews from users. It automatically activates when you remove the S Pen, and allows you to instantly jot down notes to the off screen. This is a new function that enables users to write even when the screen is off, so that you don’t forget any passing thoughts.

 

For the Galaxy Note8, we’ve enhanced the feature to deliver new levels of convenience after listening to the consumers’ voices. Whereas before this update, the function was well-suited for simple, temporary memos, now, Screen off memo supports up to 100 pages of notes and allows you to pin notes to the AOD and make edits. This makes the function perfect for taking notes during meetings or presentations, managing to-do lists, or writing quick reminders for important tasks.

 

 

 

Q. Could you elaborate on how collaborating with Wacom has helped Samsung maximize the S Pen’s utility?

 

Our collaboration with (pen display, tablet and stylus manufacturer) Wacom, incorporating its tablet technologies into mobile devices through the S Pen, has been excellent – a win-win. Although other mobile-device manufacturers could design a smartphone with a large screen, by introducing Wacom’s solutions to the mobile realm, we’ve been able to establish a new standard when it comes to productivity.

 

We’re currently working with Wacom to explore new possible S Pen features and B2B solutions, including support for secure digital signatures, that could offer users and businesses additional convenience.

 

 

Q. What motivates Samsung to constantly seek out new ways to innovate with the S Pen?

 

The S Pen is a feature that’s unique to our company. We often hear that Note users are very loyal, and I would like to add that we developers are also greatly committed to our work. Those of us who work on the Note devices take great pride in providing users with an S Pen experience that allows them to streamline how they work, live, and express themselves.

 

This desire to arm users with a tool that makes a difference in their daily lives is what motivates us to identify new and exciting S Pen innovations.

Samsung Electronics Officially Releases the Galaxy Note8 to Global Markets

 

Samsung Electronics today announced the commercial launch of the Galaxy Note8 to select markets around the world. The flagship smartphone is initially available in 42 countries including the US, Canada, Singapore, Korea and major European markets, and will continue rolling out to additional markets in the weeks ahead.

 

Equipped with a large, bezel-less Infinity Display, the Galaxy Note8 lets users see and do more, from watching their favorite TV show in HDR to multitasking more efficiently. Expanded screen space means they also have more room to write, draw and color with the enhanced S Pen, which offers new features like Live Message and improved Screen off memo functionality.

 

Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone also boasts two 12MP rear cameras – a wide-angle lens and telephoto lens with Optical Image Stabilization on both – which are capable of producing clear and crisp photos, even when shot at far distances.

 

Furthermore, the device is outfitted with the same great collection of cutting-edge features that Galaxy users have come to know and love including IP68 dust and water resistance, powerful performance with a 10nm process and expandable storage up to 256GB.

 

The launch of the Galaxy Note8 is complimented by an expanded ecosystem that features enhanced services and devices, including Bixby, Samsung’s intelligent interface, and Samsung DeX, which provides a desktop-like experience for the Galaxy Note8.

 

For more information about the Galaxy Note8 visit http://news.samsung.com/galaxy or http://samsung.com/galaxynote8.

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