The rumor mill and Samsung executives have done a pretty good job at creating a strong buzz for the Galaxy S8 before its unveiling on March 29th. After the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the Korean company has a lot of faith in the upcoming flagship device. Industry sources told The Investor that Samsung was expecting the Galaxy S8 pre-orders to beat that of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

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Galaxy S8 pre-orders to start on April 7

The Note 7 had received roughly 400,000 pre-orders in the 13 days before to its launch. The Korean electronics giant is rumored to start accepting pre-orders for the S8 and S8 Plus on April 7th. Samsung is going extra miles to show that it values its loyal customers. Buyers who purchase the phone during the pre-order period of April 7-17 will get the device in their hands on April 18th, even before the phone’s worldwide launch.

The Galaxy S8 duo will be available in stores on April 28th. The company will set up “Samsung Experience” panels across 3,000 stores in South Korea to allow consumers to interact with the device first-hand on March 30. The hands-on events will also be held in New York and London right after the unveiling on March 29. These efforts show that Samsung values its loyal customers.

Samsung to introduce subsidy plans

Sources told The Investor that Samsung was also planning to offer lucrative subsidy plans even before it starts taking pre-orders. All these efforts could attract more buyers, especially considering there are million of Galaxy Note 7 customers who are waiting for a new Android flagship. It would be interesting to see what impact the Note 7 fiasco would have on the Galaxy S8. A recent survey shows it would have little impact on the S8.

With more than 400,000 pre-orders, the Galaxy Note 7 had a flying start. But its production and sales were discontinued after two recalls due to overheating and explosions. The Note 7 debacle cost Samsung nearly $6 billion. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus would almost certainly sport 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screens, an iris scanner, facial recognition, and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Galaxy S8 to be the most powerful phone when it comes out

Recently leaked images by noted tipster Evan Blass show the device in three colors: Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver. Samsung has also confirmed that it would introduce a new AI assistant called Bixby with the Galaxy S8. Though Bixby will initially have only limited capabilities, Samsung says its voice assistant would be “fundamentally different” from rivals such as Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant.

The Galaxy S8 has been tested on AnTuTu benchmark, where it has shattered all the records. The phone received a score of 205,284 points, much higher than 181,807 of the iPhone 7 Plus. Currently, the best Android phone, the OnePlus 3T, has a score of 162,423 on AnTutu.