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Galaxy Note 8 Sets New Pre-Order Record For Samsung Despite Last Year's Disaster (theverge.com) 39

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Note brand is still going strong despite Samsung recalling and discontinuing Note 7 devices last year for battery explosions. The company today announced that more customers in the U.S. have preordered the Note 8 than any other Notes it has ever sold in previous years during the same time period. Note 8 preorders went live on August 24th and the device is one of Samsung's most expensive smartphones to date, starting at $930. It's unapologetically pricey, though Samsung did attempt to offset that price tag with some presale offers. Samsung did not specify exactly how many Note 8 preorders it has received so far, but judging by how popular Note 7s were last year before everything went down, it seems that little has deterred Note fans from upgrading -- not even the price tag.
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Galaxy Note 8 Sets New Pre-Order Record For Samsung Despite Last Year's Disaster

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  • Dude we know you're a fanboi but give it a rest, there's been record after record in Samsung sales since "last year" disaster.

  • hot product (Score:3, Funny)

    by gravewax ( 4772409 ) on Friday September 08, 2017 @08:07PM (#55162065)
    Man sales are really on fire!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Samsung's critics must be burning up. Expect a flame war.

  • I'll give them one more chance. Everyone has a bad day once in awhile.
  • .. Is that, even though they had a pretty big issue, they took care of people sufficiently well enough in responding to it that they didn't feel burned (no pun intended) and feel like they would be taken care of again. As I always tell my kids, it's not the fact that you screwed up, it's what you do next that counts most.
    • Not only that, it's also that people in general:

      a) have a short memory span
      b) care more about bling then about smoke
      c) realise that the worlds largest mobile phone manufacturer that ships an average of 70million mobile phones each quarter is unlikely to have a systemic fault in their production methods and instead produced 1 bad model.

      • It's like the least surprising thing in the world - the Note 7 got fantastic reviews and they are unlikely to have broken their large-phone making ability since then. Couple that with it being taken off sale / recalled so early means there's a good number of people that might have wanted a Note 7, but couldn't get one, so didn't get anything. There would be pend-up demand, so as long as they didn't make it worse, and wasn't flammable this time, it was gonna sell...

  • The company today announced that more customers in the U.S. have preordered the Note 8 than any other Notes it has ever sold

    Perhaps there are a lot more ISIS sleeper cells in the US than previously thought.

  • by stevez67 ( 2374822 ) on Friday September 08, 2017 @11:09PM (#55162769)

    T-Mobile is doing BOGO on Note 8's, Verizon sells them 50% off, Note 7 owners can get up to $425 discount from Samsung. And until 24 Sept. you can get up to $230 of accessories free with it. They sell like hotcakes when they're cheapened. Eats into profit though. Good thing the Samsung OLED division is making iPhone screens profitably.

  • by dindi ( 78034 ) on Saturday September 09, 2017 @12:13AM (#55162955)

    One lovely morning (about a month ago) I woke up to realise that my s7 edge gained some weight .. more specifically it was bloated to the point that the rear glass was de-laminating from the rest of the phone.

    OK, took the glass off (and broke it), ordered a new one, along with a new battery. 20 minute operation later it was working.

    2 weeks ago a grey spot appeared in the centre of the screen. Dead pixels. Googling around revealed that this is common.

    My S4 is 4 years old at least. In perfect shape (3rd battery). Wife's S5 same on original battery (screen cracked, but that's her fault) . ...

    Also my new Samsung bluetooth headphones lasted 3 months before they died (one side dead).

    I guess I will not get a Samsung as I am not happy with the quality control that's going on right now.

    My 12.2 Note Pro haven't seen a software update for ages. Never dropped, it is doing strange stuff, at 50% the SD card unmounts, screen flickers. The chrome peeled, the whole case is peeling fake leather rubber. The ipads and iphone twice its age are still working (minus the one eaten by the dog after dropped by the kid)... but I don't want that other OS anymore :)

    Maybe a flip phone and a cheap tablet. Tether them and done, I can browse. I am tired of expensive crap dying for no reason under good care.

    Well .. my 10c .... I loved Samsung and now I don't anymore. Quality turned shit.

  • I don't get the specific fear of the "note" line. It is a different phone! It is not like it has 'evolved' from the Note 7, and has to have the same flaws.

    Also I don't understand why anyone but a few power users would upgrade? My galaxy note 3 is now 4 years, in perfect shape. Can run anything I throw at it. Still a huge screen with more pixels than I can see. And has a new battery!

    Which is another point; new phones are IP67 or whatever compliant. Waterproof down to several meters. Oh, and btw, that feature

  • ...maybe this year people are expecting the new Samsung phone to be able to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

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