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Preorders for Galaxy S8 top 720,000 units in S. Korea

All News 10:51 April 13, 2017

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday that preorders for its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, has surpassed a whopping 720,000 units in just seven days, heralding a major hit for the company.

The Galaxy S8 smartphones feature high resolution displays that bend on both sides, and come with various innovative technologies such as iris and face recognition scanners and a smart voice assistance program dubbed Bixby.

After showcasing the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus late last month, Samsung Electronics kicked off local preorders on Friday which will last until next Monday. The official release is slated for later in April.

Given the current pace, preorders for the Galaxy S8 series may top 1 million units, industry watchers expect.

Preorders of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet whose production was discontinued last year due to battery problem, hit 400,000 units from Aug. 6 to 18.

sam@yna.co.kr
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