Samsung Note FE (Fan Edition) launched – 64GB / 4GB at RM2,599!

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We have made comments on how the Samsung Note 7 battery disaster was resolved. Then, we had a rumour in which we mentioned that the Samsung Note 7 will make a comeback. Then, we went as far as confirming that the Samsung 7 will be back. We thought it would make it’s appearance during the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8. But it didn’t. Then we thought it will be launched together with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. That didn’t happen too. But today, we do not only have the confirmation, we literally held it in our palms, so you can take our word when we say this, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is BACK! It’s named the Samsung Note FE (Fan Edition) and it is made for Samsung fans indeed!

The Samsung Note FE has been engineered with unused components from the Samsung Galaxy 7, so what you are seeing is literally the same device as it’s previous version, solving all the problems that it had (mainly the battery). Honing an S Pen that looks exactly like the one Samsung Note 5 had, it boasts a pen tip of 0.7mm, offering a rather smooth writing and drawing experience. It can also be used in translating foreign languages online using a hover-over function to translate it to your desired language.

Biometrics are still intact indeed. If you do not fancy the rear fingerprint of the Samsung Note 8, this is definitely a choice for you as it retains the home key on the front facade that doubles as the fingerprint sensor. Iris sensor has been improved and works faster than the older generation. The Samsung Note FE also comes equipped with Bixby Home and Bixby Reminder to assist users in daily tasks. Note that the Bixby voice is not present here.

Samsung Note FE next to the Samsung Note 5

Holding an IP68 rating, both the Samsung Note FE and it’s S Pen are dust and water resitant to a maximum depth of 5 feet or up to 30 minutes. Most of the specifications are pretty much the same as the Samsung Note 7. It has a new 3,200mAh (unlike the 3,500mAH) in the Samsung Note 7 and is now compliant to Samsung’s 8 point safety check meeting the safety standards of the relevant industry and regulatory bodies and have undergone reviews by leading independent quality assurance experts to provide you the absolute peace of mind.

The device will be available from October 25, 2017 and has been getting rather positive responses around the globe already. It will be available at all Samsung Experience Stores, authorised dealers and partners, retailing at RM2,599 inclusive of GST. It’s available in two colors; Coral Blue and Black Onyx.

8-point Battery Safety Check

Test Description Changes Process
Enhanced / New Detail
Durability Test Examine the Battery Cell and Battery Pack to identify potential exterior swelling, property OCV and explosions Enhanced Increasing frequency Component Level
Visual Inspection Visually inspect each and battery under the guideline of standardized and objective criteria to verfy quality assurance Enhanced Enhanced standard Component Level
During production
X-Ray Test Examine the inside of the battery for any abnormalities Enhanced By supplier and Samsung Component Level
Charge/ Discharge Test Used for early detection of any issues. The batteries undergo a large-scale charging and discharging test New Component Level
During production & Completed device
TVOC Test Test for any possiblity of leakage of the battery component and the complete device New During production
Disassembling Test Disassemble the battery to assess its overall quality, including the battery tab welding and insulation tape conditions Enhanced By supplier and Samsung Component Level
Accelerated Usage Test Intensive simulating accelerated consumer usage scenarios New Completed device
OCV Test To check for any change in voltage throughout the manufacturing process from component level to complete device Enhanced By supplier and Samsung Component Level

Samsung Note FE Specifications

Galaxy Note Fan Edition Specs
OS Android 7.0
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 (mm), 167g
CPU Exynos 8890 Octa-core (4 x 2.3 GHz & 4 x 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T880 MP12
Memory / Storage 4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.0)
Display 5.7″ Quad HD Dual Edge Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)
Camera Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (f/1.7)
Front: 5MP (f/1.7)
Battery 3,200 mAh with fast charging (wired and wireless)
Payment NFC, MST
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), MIMO (2×2) 620Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC
Sensors Barometer, Fingerprint, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate, Iris, Proximity, RGB Light Sensor

Pokdepinion: In all honesty, if you are a Samsung Fan, you would get the Samsung Note 8 already. I think this is better put as the affordable Note device available in the market. Regardless, welcome back Note 7 or should I say, Note FE 🙂