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Samsung Galaxy S8 duo smashes pre-order records in Korea

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smashed pre-order records in its home country – more than 550,000 units were booked in two days. Thats more than 5 times the S7 pre-orders (around 100,000) and nearly triple what the Galaxy Note7 got (200,000, a record in itself).

Pre-orders will last until April 17 (by then the number may reach a cool million) and there are a whopping 3,000 stores across the country carrying the S8. Samsung sweetened the pot by offering a free Bluetooth speaker or a KRW 400,000 gift card. An official from a local store reports that 80%-90% of visitors were there to pre-order the new Galaxy flagship.

Surprisingly, the ratio of Galaxy S8 and S8+ orders seems even – usually, the smaller unit gets more attention. Still, theres pent-up demand for a large-screen device since the Note7 went off the market. The 6GB/128GB version is also enjoying high demand, says a Samsung official.

# of pre-orders in 2 days

Higher is better


Galaxy S8/S8+
550000


Galaxy Note7
200000


Galaxy S7
100000

Thats the news from South Korea, on the world stage Samsung plans to beat the sales of the Galaxy S7, which moved 49 million units in a year, but no specific sales targets were given. Analysts expect around 13 million S8 phones to find their new owner in just the first month of availability.

Source (in Korean) | Via