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Ap­ple what?

You’ve ques­tions so let’s ad­dress that huge ele­phant in the room: no, it doesn’t ex­plode. At least, that’s what the good folks at Sam­sung have as­sured us. The Sam­sung Gal­axy Note8 has been put through the wringer, weighed and judged in an eight-point bat­tery test that the Ko­rean com­pany has for­mu­lated. Then there are the X-rays and the bar­rage of tests like its dura­bil­ity, charg­ing and dis­charg­ing cy­cle. With that out of the way, let’s fo­cus on the Note8’s other im­prove­ments. In a first, the model has a dual-cam­era fea­ture with a 12mp wide-an­gle and 12mp tele­photo lens. It’s also fur­nished with Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bil­i­sa­tion (OIS) that re­duces blur when shoot­ing in low-light con­di­tions and a Live Fo­cus fea­ture, which lets you con­trol the depth of field and bokeh ef­fect be­fore and after you take a photo. The Note8 has also set a new stan­dard of dis­play size—6.3in to be ex­act—and the S Pen han­dles bet­ter now with a finer tip and im­proved pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity, mean­ing you’ll start to pre­fer the sty­lus over your fat fin­ger soon enough. All that and you have the usual wa­ter- and dust-re­sis­tance, quick wire­less charg­ing and se­cu­rity fea­tures (we’re still not sold on un­lock­ing your phone with face recog­ni­tion though)— and this is how Sam­sung re­mains in the game. The Sam­sung Gal­axy Note8 re­tails for SGD1,398 and comes in three colours: Mid­night Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Grey. The Gal­axy Note8 is avail­able at all lo­cal telco op­er­a­tors, ma­jor con­sumer elec­tronic stores, au­tho­rised re­tail­ers, Sam­sung Ex­pe­ri­ence Stores and Lazada Sin­ga­pore.

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