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Samsung mobile chief confident of Galaxy Note 8 success

2017/09/12 11:11

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SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- The chief of Samsung Electronics Co.'s mobile business unit on Tuesday expressed confidence over the success of the Galaxy Note 8 phablet set to be released next week, saying preorders for the device are breaking all previous records.

Samsung Electronics said the combined preorders for its Galaxy Note 8 in South Korea topped 500,000 units in just five days, far outpacing its predecessor.

The figure dwarfed numbers for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which managed to draw 380,000 preorders over a 13-day preorder period.

"Since the unpack event last month, many business partners and our customers have told us that initial response (for the Galaxy Note 8) is good," Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung Electronics, told reporters at a gathering in Seoul.

He said Samsung has been receiving preorders for the device in some 40 countries after the unpack ceremony in New York late last month.

The Galaxy Note 7 was recalled and its production was discontinued last year due to faulty batteries that caused some to catch fire while being recharged.

The official release of the Galaxy Note 8 is slated for Sept. 21, although those who preordered the device will get it starting Sept. 15.

The price tag of the base 64 GB edition stands at 1.09 million won (US$964), and that of the 256 GB edition is at 1.25 million won.