Note 7 buyers to get ‘buy one, get one free holiday package’

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Retail sales to start from August 19; Device priced at Dh2999

Samsung has announced that it has decided to price the Galaxy Note 7 at Dh2,999, making it the most expensive for a baseline flagship device in the UAE.

The device will start retailing from August 19, the same day as it is in the United States and other key markets.

However, Samsung has tied up with local travel agency Holiday Factory and is offering a buy one get one free holiday package or a straight fifty per cent discount to those buying the device in the GCC.

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Retailers will also give away a 128 GB microSD card with every purchase of Note 7 that comes with a 64GB internal memory. The Galaxy Note7 will be available in Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx.

Speaking to Emirates 24l7 following the GCC launch, Tarek Sabbagh, Head of IT and Mobile (IM) Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics, said Samsung had achieved a two per cent growth in 2016.

“The first quarter saw us increase our previous year’s performance by about 2 per cent,” he said adding that he expected the momentum to continue for the rest of the year, possibly indicating that it was not much bothered about the release of the iPhone 7 in the coming months.

The Galaxy Note 7 with a dual edged screen was unveiled on August 2 introducing new features such as an Iris scanner, waterproof S Pen and capability to play HDR videos.

When asked to explain the need for features such as pen that could write under water, Tarek said, “Our idea is to make the latest technology available to our customers. I still remember trying to enter my fingerprint on a Galaxy S7 while I was playing with my daughter in a pool. Because my hands were wet, the device was not recognising my fingers. Today the Iris scanner is a perfect solution,” he said.

“Again security is one of our key concerns. We have tried our best to provide multiple layers of security by advancing our Knox system,” he said.

Explaining about the growth of Knox over the years, he said, “Today Knox is used by none other than the CIA and FBI. Do I need to even mention about the other agencies. Its adoption has grown significantly over the years,” he said.

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