An astonishing 550,000 units of the Galaxy S8 were purchased in just two days of pre-orders opening in South Korea on April 7, reports BusinessKorea. The figure surpasses the firm’s previous record-high number of 400,000 reservations for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. It’s also 5.5 times more than the number recorded for its predecessor, the Galaxy S7.

It’s not difficult to see why people are rushing to order the Galaxy S8. It’s without a doubt Samsung’s best-looking smartphone to date and also one of its most powerful, packing a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, an Exynos 8895/Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP selfie shooter and a 3,000mAh battery.

We have to say, the influx of pre-orders is hardly a surprise. After all, Samsung was forced to recall and put an end to production of the Galaxy Note 7, leaving a lot of its fans disappointed, eagerly awaiting ‘the next big thing’ — and that’s exactly what it delivered with the long-rumored Galaxy S8.

It’s unclear what demand for the handset is like in other regions

Sadly, it’s unclear what demand for the handset is like in other regions, but we’re guessing it’s the same. Providing it performs as expected in the United States, there’s a chance the Galaxy S8 (and its larger sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus) will drive the company’s operating profit to a record high in the second quarter of the year.