UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy Note FE is officially announced for Malaysia. Available 25 October.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is the latest and greatest Note you can buy right now. However, for those who still love the S Pen but don’t want to fork out close to RM4,000, there’s another alternative model that you might want to consider.
Remember the Galaxy Note Fan Edition? It looks like it’s coming to Malaysia real soon.
According to Mdroid, they have stumbled upon an interesting smartphone on Yes 4G’s list of LTE supported devices. You’ll notice that a Note FE is shown next to the Note8 with a bubble “NEW”. Since Yes usually lists official Malaysian units, this is a strong indication that it could be offered officially very soon. The device with the model number SM-N935F has already passed certification in Indonesia.
In case you missed it, the Note FE or also known as the Fan Edition is the repackaged Galaxy Note7 with a new battery that has undergone their rigorous safety checks. After the ill-fated Galaxy Note7, Samsung took the effort to minimise wastage by using unopened and unused parts of last year’s Galaxy Note7 for the new Fan Edition.
To recap, the Galaxy Note FE is identical to the Galaxy Note7. It has a 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED display with dual curved edges and it runs on an Exynos 8890 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. You get the same cameras as the Galaxy S7/S7 edge with a 12MP f/1.7 main camera and a front-facing 5MP selfie shooter.
Unlocking the Note FE on the table is easier too as it has the traditional home button with embedded fingerprint sensor. It also gets an Iris scanner which is similar to the one you’ll find on their latest Galaxy S8/Note8. The Fan Edition comes with an S Pen stylus that has a 0.7mm tip and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity which is similar to the current Note8. On top of that, it has IP68 water resistance, wireless charging support and Samsung Pay.
The biggest difference, of course, is its battery. Instead of a 3,500mAh unit on the original Galaxy Note7, the Fan Edition gets a smaller 3,200mAh battery instead. It also supports adaptive fast charging via USB Type-C.
There are no details on the local price and availability at the moment but we won’t be surprised if Yes would be offering the Note FE on contract. When it was announced in South Korea, it was going for 699,600 Won (about RM2,591) with just 400,000 units available.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the tip!
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