Galaxy Note FE now for sale in South Korea with Bixby on board

Galaxy Note FE now for sale in South Korea with Bixby on board
Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has finally been resurrected in its final form — the Galaxy Note FE. The new S Pen-toting phablet bears the same design as last year's beast and — since it's built from the returned and recycled Note 7 units — mostly the same hardware, save for the battery and the processor. To be extra, extra safe, Samsung has downgraded the Note 7's 3,500 mAh cell to a 3,200 mAh one to put inside the Note FE. The SoC has been slightly upgraded to Snapdragon 821, from the Snapdragon 820.

After a long wait, the Fan Edition has finally hit store shelves in South Korea. There are 400,000 units spread to the country's three mobile carriers. Its price tag is around $606 (₩699,600), which is about $260 (₩300,000) cheaper than what the Note 7 costed at launch.

The new phablet also comes with Sammy's Bixby assistant on board, though, it'll have limited functionality. Bixby Home and the reminder features will remain intact, but the Bixby button, voice recognition, Bixby Vision will be omitted. Will they be missed, though?

At the moment, there are no reports of Samsung planning a second wave of Note FE devices, nor is anything said about it coming to international markets. We kind of don't expect it would, really — given how close the Note 8 is to release and the bitter memory of the Note 7, the FE might go unnoticed by customers in the West. Either that or it might cannibalize the Note 8's sales by being a direct competitor while drastically undercutting its price. The Note FE does make sense in the context of the South Korean market, where the Samsung fandom is strong, and even there it'll probably gain more interest if it has a "limited edition" status (which it seems to have).

In any case, would you buy a Note FE for $600 if it happens to cross your path?

source: Yonhap

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13 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Will be importing two Galaxy Note FE soon enough!

2. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Where would you be importing them from? I'm equally interested in this beast to replace my S6 Edge

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Importing either from South Korea or from any country in Europe... assuming the Note FE will be available in Europe. :)

8. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Good. I will be on the look out as well. Gracias bro

9. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Btw buddy , which is a better buy between the Exynos 8890 and SD 821?

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The former. The few people that I know who've used both said that the Exynos is better.

13. Heisenberg

Posts: 373; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

You know it will be equipped with 821 this time as against the 820 it was formally equipped with.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Let's see how many dumbass will buy this outdated overpriced phone knowing that the Note 8 launch is very near. .

6. rizzell

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Maybe not everyone shares your short sighted views of the note 7. I would like to get one because of the physical home button and fingerprint scanner on the front and don't really like the new viewing ratio on the new S8 which the note 8 will have too. And as far as the Note 8 being the king, its only a .2 inch higher version of the S8 plus.

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Well if this was released 3 or 4 months ago I'd say OK but the timing is terrible no denying that.

11. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I sort of felt the same way minus the name calling a few months ago when this was first announced. Techie gave some interesting points as to why one would: cheaper price, not really interested in the latest model, etc.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

If there's a piece of s**t with a Samsung logo on it he will gladly buy it. He's full of himself.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bad ass phone, but the king will launch shortly. Note 8 cometh.

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