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What Note 7 recall? Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders see double-digit growth in the US

Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone doesn't seem to be suffering from the company's recall of the Note 7 in late 2016.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
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If you have any lingering doubt whether the Note 7 recall hurt Samsung's reputation, consider this: The first smartphone the company is releasing after the disastrous Note 7 has broken pre-order records in South Korea, and it's outpacing last year's flagship S7 models in the US.

In a statement sent to ZDNet by a Samsung representative, the company said: "Pre-orders of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in the US are outpacing those of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with strong double-digit growth."

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An exact number of units wasn't provided for US pre-orders. However, Korean media put the number in Samsung's home country alone at 550,000.

The most popular model ordered thus far is the Galaxy S8 Plus. The color of choice for US customers is midnight black, which will be a fingerprint magnet but is undoubtedly the best-looking color of the bunch.

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are available for pre-order right now, with units arriving in customers' hands as early as April 18.

VIDEO: Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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