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Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores; firm aims to move on from Note 7 recall

Samsung could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series

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Samsung's new went on sale over the counter in South Korea on Friday as the world's biggest smartphone maker seeks to move on from a disastrous handset recall and corruption scandal that has hammered its once- stellar reputation.

The device, unveiled in New York last month and a challenge to Apple's iPhone, is the firm's first major launch since last year's humiliating withdrawal of the over exploding batteries.



It also comes with vice-chairman and other executives on trial for bribery over their alleged role in the graft scandal that brought down former president

But the company's profits are rising and the new phones have received good reviews, with more than one million pre- orders for the S8 and the larger S8+ in South Korea alone.

Shares in Electronics jumped more than 2.5 per cent today, adding around $7 billion to its market capitalisation.

"Market reactions to the release of the S8 series are somewhat positive," said Lee Seung-Woo of IBK Investment Securities.

could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series, he added.

"Barring the weakening of the US dollar, Samsung's second-quarter operating profit would reach 12 trillion won," Lee said.

Pre-order deliveries began earlier this week, and in- store sales begin in the US and Canada later Friday, with the device due to be rolled out to around 50 more countries next week.

Electronics is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Group, whose revenues are equivalent to a fifth of South Korea's gross domestic product, and the S8 series introduction comes at a delicate time for the embattled firm.

The recall debacle cost it billions of dollars in lost profit and hammered its global reputation and credibility, forcing it to apologise to customers and postpone the S8 launch.

"The latest salvo from shows how it's keen to regain consumer confidence and attain leadership in the smartphone landscape, a nearly saturated but still highly competitive space that remains key to retaining subscriber loyalties and winning new converts," IHS Markit said.

When unveiled and S8+ in New York last month, it said the new handsets would mark a "new era of smartphone design".

Fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, the two handsets include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The most striking feature of the new phones is what dubs an "infinity display" -- an expanded glass screen that covers the entire front of the device and appears to curve seamlessly around its edges.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores; firm aims to move on from Note 7 recall

Samsung could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series

Samsung could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series Samsung's new went on sale over the counter in South Korea on Friday as the world's biggest smartphone maker seeks to move on from a disastrous handset recall and corruption scandal that has hammered its once- stellar reputation.

The device, unveiled in New York last month and a challenge to Apple's iPhone, is the firm's first major launch since last year's humiliating withdrawal of the over exploding batteries.

It also comes with vice-chairman and other executives on trial for bribery over their alleged role in the graft scandal that brought down former president

But the company's profits are rising and the new phones have received good reviews, with more than one million pre- orders for the S8 and the larger S8+ in South Korea alone.

Shares in Electronics jumped more than 2.5 per cent today, adding around $7 billion to its market capitalisation.

"Market reactions to the release of the S8 series are somewhat positive," said Lee Seung-Woo of IBK Investment Securities.

could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series, he added.

"Barring the weakening of the US dollar, Samsung's second-quarter operating profit would reach 12 trillion won," Lee said.

Pre-order deliveries began earlier this week, and in- store sales begin in the US and Canada later Friday, with the device due to be rolled out to around 50 more countries next week.

Electronics is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Group, whose revenues are equivalent to a fifth of South Korea's gross domestic product, and the S8 series introduction comes at a delicate time for the embattled firm.

The recall debacle cost it billions of dollars in lost profit and hammered its global reputation and credibility, forcing it to apologise to customers and postpone the S8 launch.

"The latest salvo from shows how it's keen to regain consumer confidence and attain leadership in the smartphone landscape, a nearly saturated but still highly competitive space that remains key to retaining subscriber loyalties and winning new converts," IHS Markit said.

When unveiled and S8+ in New York last month, it said the new handsets would mark a "new era of smartphone design".

Fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, the two handsets include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The most striking feature of the new phones is what dubs an "infinity display" -- an expanded glass screen that covers the entire front of the device and appears to curve seamlessly around its edges.
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits stores; firm aims to move on from Note 7 recall

Samsung could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series

Samsung's new went on sale over the counter in South Korea on Friday as the world's biggest smartphone maker seeks to move on from a disastrous handset recall and corruption scandal that has hammered its once- stellar reputation.

The device, unveiled in New York last month and a challenge to Apple's iPhone, is the firm's first major launch since last year's humiliating withdrawal of the over exploding batteries.

It also comes with vice-chairman and other executives on trial for bribery over their alleged role in the graft scandal that brought down former president

But the company's profits are rising and the new phones have received good reviews, with more than one million pre- orders for the S8 and the larger S8+ in South Korea alone.

Shares in Electronics jumped more than 2.5 per cent today, adding around $7 billion to its market capitalisation.

"Market reactions to the release of the S8 series are somewhat positive," said Lee Seung-Woo of IBK Investment Securities.

could break the record 48.5 million unit sales it achieved with its S7 series, he added.

"Barring the weakening of the US dollar, Samsung's second-quarter operating profit would reach 12 trillion won," Lee said.

Pre-order deliveries began earlier this week, and in- store sales begin in the US and Canada later Friday, with the device due to be rolled out to around 50 more countries next week.

Electronics is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Group, whose revenues are equivalent to a fifth of South Korea's gross domestic product, and the S8 series introduction comes at a delicate time for the embattled firm.

The recall debacle cost it billions of dollars in lost profit and hammered its global reputation and credibility, forcing it to apologise to customers and postpone the S8 launch.

"The latest salvo from shows how it's keen to regain consumer confidence and attain leadership in the smartphone landscape, a nearly saturated but still highly competitive space that remains key to retaining subscriber loyalties and winning new converts," IHS Markit said.

When unveiled and S8+ in New York last month, it said the new handsets would mark a "new era of smartphone design".

Fitted with screens of 5.8 and 6.2 inches, the two handsets include Samsung's upgraded digital assistant Bixby, competing in a crowded field that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The most striking feature of the new phones is what dubs an "infinity display" -- an expanded glass screen that covers the entire front of the device and appears to curve seamlessly around its edges.

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