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Samsung’s smart devices come to T&T
The first of three Samsung Experience Stores will be opened in T&T before the end of the year. Nicolas Lannefranque, regional sales manager for Samsung Electronics, Latin America, told the T&T Guardian yesterday that the first store will be opened this quarter but did not specify an exact date or location.
Earlier this year, in an interview at the global launch of the S4 in New York, Elias Kabeche, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Hand Held Products (HHP) and IT Businesses said the company was planning to open 41 stores in the region. “We expect to open at least one of three stores here in the fourth quarter,” said Lannefranque.
Lannefranque and his colleague Thomas Sehoon Park, assistant manager, strategic marketing manager, met with the T&T Guardian for an exclusive preview of the Samsung Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, which were officially launched at a function at the Hyatt last night. These are the latest devices which the Korean giant unveiled at a trade show in Berlin, Germany, earlier this month. The devices were launched simultaneously around the world yesterday.
Unlike its predecessors, the Note 3 is slimmer in size with a 5.7-inch, full high-definition screen. Despite the bigger screen, the Note 3 is thinner and lighter, measuring 8.3mm and weighing just 168g.
One of the distinguishing features of the Note 3 is the S Pen, a stylus stowed away in the bottom of the device. Once the S Pen is removed, an Air Command wheel appears on the home screen which allows the user to access short cuts to features such as a notepad from which you can email, share, or add the information to your address book.
The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's smart watch, is a companion to the Note 3. The watch connects via Bluetooth to the Note 3 phablet. Sehoon Park said as updates are added, the watch will be able to work in sync with other Galaxy products such as the S4 mini and tablet. Stating the watch is perfect for use while eating or sitting in a meeting, Lannefranque said it allows the user to make and receive calls via a microphone on the wrist strap and pulls messages, contacts and alerts from the phone.
“With the smart watch it's about how we can make your experience more enjoyable,” he said. “Everything I want to do on my Note 3 I can do here on my watch.” The watch comes in various colours: orange, mocha grey, oatmeal beige, lime green, rose gold and black.
Asked how he thinks the new products would be received in this market, Lannefranque expressed optimism. “The T&T consumer is always looking into cutting edge devices, we assume the response will be great.”
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