The deflating reality of last year’s disastrous Note 7 recall hasn’t stopped Samsung’s newest device from becoming a runaway hit.
The Korean company on Friday revealed the Note 8 has enjoyed a “strong consumer response” since its announcement on August 23, with the device receiving more preorders from U.S.-based customers than previous Note devices during the same time period.
“We’re thrilled to see the strong consumer response to the next level Note,” said Tim Baxter, president and chief executive officer, Samsung Electronics North America. “Today’s consumers want to do bigger things in work and life, and Note helps make that possible. We built the Galaxy Note8 for people who desire a device that lets them be productive and allows for self-expression.”
Reception to the device has pretty much been what Samsung expected. Before the Note 8 was even made, fans of the Note line voiced their loyalty to the stylus-toting device, even after the Note 7 went up in flames. This apparently encouraged Samsung to build the Note 8—and boy did it ever. The device exhibits a supreme level of polish and engineering.
While the handset isn’t expected to be widely available until September 15, some lucky users appear to be receiving their preorders already. Which is good for Samsung, because the iPhone 8’s announcement comes the same week as the Note 8 hits store shelves.
The Note 8 features an expansive 6.3-inch Infinity Display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, and two rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras, both of which feature optical image stabilization. You can read our review of the Galaxy Note 8 down below.