SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) – Some 550,000 South Koreans had placed preorders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ just two days after the process began on April 7. That is almost three times the number for the Galaxy Note 7 (roughly 200,000 from August 6 to 7) and more than fivefold for the Galaxy S7 series (100,000 from March 11 to 12).
According to industry watchers, the early demise of the Galaxy Note 7 and rather disappointing performance of other premium brands here has led to the unprecedented excitement, with an accumulated demand for high-end smartphones.
Samsung Electronics arranged some 3,000 ‘experience zones’ for the Galaxy S8 series at local telecom and electronics outlets, offering generous freebies for preordering customers including Bluetooth speakers, the DeX (a PC-compatible dock), and a wireless charging stand.
The official price tags for the S8 and the S8+ are 935,000 won ($818.74) and 990,000 won. The S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GM storage sells for 1.155 million won.
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