Galaxy S8 Preorders Were Samsung's 'Best Ever'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung's trouble with the Galaxy Note 7, which notably caused several fires due to battery troubles and led to a full recall, hasn't affected demand for its newly launched Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

    According to a statement released this morning by Samsung (via VentureBeat), Samsung saw 30 percent year-over-year growth in preorders compared to the Galaxy S7. While Samsung did not give specific sales numbers, the company said it saw its "best ever" preorder period.

    The Galaxy S8 shares many features that could potentially be coming in Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone, including an edge-to-edge OLED display, iris scanning, a rear fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, IP68 water resistance, and camera improvements, though it does not feature a dual-lens setup as the iPhone 8 will.

    Samsung's smartphone is, however, launching without one of its key features -- support for Bixby, Samsung's new virtual assistant built on Viv technology acquired from the original developers behind Siri. Bixby's English-language launch has been delayed due to performance issues, leaving one of the buttons on the Galaxy S8 non-functional.

    Despite the missing functionality, the S8 and S8+ have received largely positive reviews. The AMOLED display is said to be "wonderfully vibrant and sharp," while the phone itself has been described as "slimmer and more attractive" than the iPhone 7 Plus but with a bigger screen.

    Camera reviews suggest the low-light camera performance of the S8 beats the performance of the iPhone 7 Plus, but that's comparing a new device to a previous-generation device. Rumors suggest a major camera overhaul is coming with the iPhone 8, which appears to feature a dual-lens vertical camera that could result in both better images and augmented reality functionality.

    Apple's iPhone 8 won't be coming until September, and even then, rumors suggest the higher-end OLED model could be constrained until late 2017 or early 2018.

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ went on sale on April 21 in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 starts at $750, while the larger 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ starts at $850.

    Article Link: Galaxy S8 Preorders Were Samsung's 'Best Ever'
  2. MR.Raul macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
  3. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    At launch, Bixby doesn't speak, but the button and the service does actually function (well, except for Verizon who turned off the shopping-via-camera feature).

    I was getting thoroughly bored with my iPhone 7 Plus that felt even less incremental of an upgrade from my iPhone 6s Plus, and even more miffed about iOS' restrictions and lack of robustness in many of its features, so thanks to T-Mobile's JUMP! on Demand program, I turned it in and got an S8 Plus in its place.

    It really does have that wow factor and many of the things I wished iOS could do has been here even before Android OS 7.0 Nougat.
  4. recklesslife85 macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2012
    Wales, UK
    Its a great phone, I bought the Plus version. Screen is something else. Battery is great too as well as the camera. Stereo speakers are the only thing it lacks but the single speaker is far from the worst Ive had on a phone.
  5. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    Wow that's amazing. So are they letting Samsung phones on planes again?
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
  7. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  8. Gherkin macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2004
    Will be interesting to see how the iPhone 8 stacks up against this phone. I don't have high hopes as I don't think Apple has released anything particularly innovative since Cook took over. But this is a good chance to prove me wrong!
  9. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    Looking at that edge-to-edge screen, all I can say is this as far as mobile phone evolution can go? Before I am accused of bashing Samsung and not Apple, the same applies to the rumours about the next iPhone. I honestly don't care about edge-to-edge screens, curved glass etc. What I do care about is battery life, signal reception, robustness, construction quality, and getting things done with my phone.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Samsung did a nice job this year. I think the Iris scanner is a step in the right direction, even though the remapped fingerprint sensor is receiving some criticism. But over all, it's a very nice device.

    Where my curiosity is really piqued, is what to expect for the Note 8 and the changes made for this year.
  11. DCJ001 macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2007
  12. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Totally turned out to be a non-issue, especially when you can use fingerprint gestures to swipe open and close the notification bar. And being able to unlock the device and use Samsung Pay with your eyes using the iris scanner makes the fingerprint scanner even more of an option.
  13. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015

    It takes years for stuff like the Apple Watch, the Airpods... and the iPod to be acknowledged as the game changers they actually are.

    Time is a gentleman (Italian saying).
  14. filmantopia macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2010
    If the new iPhone looks anything like this render, Apple's order numbers will leave Samsung soaking with envy.
  15. JackZah macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2016
    You really can't believe Samsung releases at face value anyway. They are notorious for their marketing games.
  16. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Asean market

    Buffering against iPhone as usual.
    Low self esteem again
  17. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  18. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Well, Samsung offers a lot of free stuff for pre-order, you can get a 2 for 1 deal, you can get free VR Gear, etc.

    Apple doesn't have to offer anything else, it will be heaven for all Apple users if we could buy one, get one free.
  19. 8281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    The specs are nice. I have the S7 and the interface isn't as smooth as the iPhone's though. I wonder if Samsung is getting in its own way by reinventing software that Google has already baked into Android. I don't want to use Samsung's apps, I want to use Google's. And the preloaded apps from Sprint and all the other crap that isn't in stock Android needs to go.

    I'll be going back to iOS after this phone. It was nice to see what Android is like, but I miss iMessage and all the integration more than I thought I would.
  20. JackZah macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2016
    Too many problems out the gate with the S8: Terrible rear finger sensor placement, broken and insecure facial unlock. Slow and awkward Iris unlock. No voice assistant due to performance issues. Red-tint display defects. Lower shipped display resolution setting due to battery life and performance issues. Older less secure version of Android...

    I'm sure Samsung has a large Ad budget, but these kind of things quickly cause a device to fall out of favor.
  21. DanielDD macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2013
    That seems like a low bar to get through

    ( My inner-fanboy couldn't resist)
  22. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    I tried going to to find my Mac news, but no luck. :(
  23. Pbrutto macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2015
    Eastern PA
  24. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Best ever but no figures? They're Amazon now.
  25. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    PLEASE tell me you’re joking. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the Apple marketing department is truly military grade. Truly, I mean the best there is. If their products were as accomplished as the marketing there would be no downsides.

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