Samsung’s Note 7 fiasco is clearly a thing of the past, as the welcome that the Galaxy Note 8 is getting reflects no dark shadows of that disaster. According to the latest number from the Korean firm (via The Korea Herald), Galaxy Note 8 preorders have hit 800,000 units in Korea in just a week. The number also proves that Samsung’s reputation has remained intact amid all crisis that it has been going through recently.
Galaxy Note 8 preorders are breaking records
Comparatively, the Note 7 got 380,000 pre-orders in the first 13 days, so in almost half the time, the Note 8 managed more than double the number of preorders that the Note 7 got. The latest figure for Note 8 preorders is almost double what was reported about a week ago. The Korean firm started taking Note 8 preorders in its home country on September 7.
According to the Korean firm, the 64GB version accounted for 65% of the sales, compared to 35% for the 256GB version. Black was the most popular color among buyers, followed by blue, according to The Korea Herald. The 64GB variant costs 1.09 million won ($962), while the 256GB model costs 1.25 million won.
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South Korea’s largest wireless operator, SK Telecom, said buyers in their 30s represented 40% of the Galaxy Note 8 preorders it received. Further, the telecom giant said that 48% of those who preordered the device were already Note users, and 57% of the orders it received were for the 256GB version, notes ZDNet.
The phone is also performing well in the U.S. In a press release last week, the company said that more “people in the U.S. have purchased the Galaxy Note 8 than previous Samsung Note phones during the same time period.” The company gave no more details.
Galaxy Note 8 is coming to more markets
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a curved display and a rear dual-lens camera setup. The handset is made out of metal and glass and is fitted with a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity panel. The Note 8 comes with the S Pen stylus and is powered by the Exynos 8895 chip in South Korea. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and packs a 3,300mAh non-removable battery.
The Samsung Note 8 with its larger display and bezel-less design has received positive reviews so far. The handset, which is currently up for preorder in various parts of the world, will be released on September 21. Initially, Samsung’s flagship smartphone is available in 42 countries, including Korea, the U.S., Singapore, Canada, and major European markets. In the weeks ahead, the handset will be launched in more markets.
Buyers who preordered the handset in North America, South America, Europe and Asia will get it sometime today (or already have it). Those planning to pick one up from a local brick-and-mortar store will have to wait until September 21.
Rival LG also started accepting preorders for its new flagship smartphone, the V30, on Thursday. The handset will be released later this month. The 64GB V30 is priced at 949,000 won, while the 128GB version costs 998,000 won.