After much anticipated announcement of the upcoming Galaxy S8 last month, Samsung received more than 700,000 pre-orders for its flagship devices and the company expects that it will be able to hit 1 million before the company starts to sell the smartphone officially from April 21.
During a press conference in Seoul, DJ Koh said that Samsung has managed to sell 728,000 units of the smartphone so far and is confident that the number will reach at least a million before the official sale begins. While he didn’t reveal exact figures for US market, he mentioned that the upcoming models performed better than the predecessors.
It was revealed earlier that the company will ship the S8+ 128GB model with 6GB of RAM in China to be competitive in the market that has several high end cheaper alternatives. And now, Koh said that achieving the feat wasn’t difficult but the company had to consider different rules present in other countries. He said, “Certain countries had higher demand for upped memory products. We thought hard and long and decided to launch them in countries that have more early adaptors and techies.”
He also confirmed that the company’s virtual assistant Bixby will come little bit later on May 1. However, he didn’t confirm when users from other countries will receive the update as he said, “In other countries, we don’t expect to launch them too late [and] will deploy them in each language two months after the phones start sales.”
He confirmed that the company took extra measures to provide safety for consumers after its much discussed Galaxy Note 7 explosion problem last year. He also confirmed that the company has decided to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s and will provide details later as he said, “It is not an easy process. Different countries and their regulators have different policies on selling refurbished products. We will make sure we come out with a solution that our government partners and NGOs can be satisfied with.”
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