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Samsung launches waterproof Galaxy Note 8 in bid to regain reputation after battery fiasco

The phone has been launched in the United States at a starting price of $1,000 (Rs 64,065), but not yet in India.

Samsung launched the waterproof and dust-proof Galaxy Note 8 in the United States on Thursday, Mint reported. The launch follows the controversy surrounding the device’s predecessor, Galaxy Note 7, which the company was forced to recall and stop manufacturing after several incidents of exploding batteries were reported in 2016.

In July, the electronics manufacturer had said it had started selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note7 smartphone. “None of us will ever forget what happened last year,” Samsung Mobile chief executive DJ Koh told the audience at the product’s New York launch, Bloomberg reported.

The firm has said that its latest device has overcome the shortcomings of the previous version. The company has collaborated with Underwriters Laboratories, a safety certification firm, to ensure the device’s reliability, Samsung said. The phone has been launched at a starting price of $1,000 (Rs 64,065), but its launch date in India is yet to be announced.

The Galaxy Note 8 can survive at a depth of up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes after being submerged in water. The global version of the phone is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, which is similar in quality to the one used in HTC U 11, OnePlus 5, Nokia 8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium phones. The processor has a 6 GB RAM.

The phone will have three storage variants - 64 GB (available only in the US), 28 GB and 256 GB. The phone can accept MicroSD cards of up to 256 GB, thus providing the user the ability to expand storage.

The Note 8 has a 6.3-inch wide infinity display. The edge-to-edge screen aims to improve the experience of playing videos. The Samsung Note 8 has two 12-megapixel cameras.

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Following a mountaineer as he reaches the summit of Mount Everest

Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

The Everest journey began from the Lukla airport, known for its dicey landing conditions. It reminded him of the failed expedition, but he still moved on to Namche Bazaar - the staging point for Everest expeditions - with a positive mind. Vikas let the wisdom of the mountains guide him as he battled doubt and memories of the previous expedition. In his words, the Everest taught him that, “To conquer our personal Everest, we need to drop all our unnecessary baggage, be it physical or mental or even emotional”.

Vikas used a ‘descent for ascent’ approach to acclimatise. In this approach, mountaineers gain altitude during the day, but descend to catch some sleep. Acclimatising to such high altitudes is crucial as the lack of adequate oxygen can cause dizziness, nausea, headache and even muscle death. As Vikas prepared to scale the riskiest part of the climb - the unstable and continuously melting Khumbhu ice fall - he pondered over his journey so far.

His brother’s diagnosis of a heart condition in his youth was a wakeup call for the rather sedentary Vikas, and that is when he started focusing on his health more. For the first time in his life, he began to appreciate the power of nutrition and experimented with different diets and supplements for their health benefits. His quest for better health also motivated him to take up hiking, marathon running, squash and, eventually, a summit of the Everest.

Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

Watch the video below to see actual moments from Vikas’ climb.

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Vikas credits his strength to dedication, exercise and a healthy diet. He credits dietary supplements for helping him sustain himself in the inhuman conditions on Mount Everest. On heights like these where the oxygen supply drops to 1/3rd the levels on the ground, the body requires 3 times the regular blood volume to pump the requisite amount of oxygen. He, thus, doesn’t embark on an expedition without double checking his supplements and uses Livogen as an aid to maintain adequate amounts of iron in his blood.

Livogen is proud to have supported Vikas Dimri on his ambitious quest and salutes his spirit. To read more about the benefits of iron, see here. To read Vikas Dimri’s account of his expedition, click here.

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