Samsung says pre–orders of its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones are up 30% in the US compared with last year’s Galaxy S7.
The stat, revealed as both flagship phones hit shelves, suggests that consumers have not been put off by the exploding batteries problem with last year's Galaxy Note 7, which saw Samsung’s then-flagship phone discontinued.
Samsung America’s Chief Operating Officer, Tim Baxter, said,: "[We] have recommitted ourselves to innovate, not only with new products and services, but also in process.
“The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are a result of that recommitment and the market has responded – with a more than 30% year-over-year growth in pre-orders versus the record pre-orders we had with Galaxy S7, making it our best ever.”
Baxter made no mention of the Note 7 directly, but it’s clear that Samsung is relieved that its new phone has not suffered from the same issues.
The Galaxy S8 offers an all–screen front, repositioned fingerprint scanner, iris and facial recognition, a new voice assistant called Bixby, plus the latest Google Android software.
It’s available to buy in–store and online now.