Samsung putting Note 7 behind it as S8 pre-orders surpass S7's

Isaac Cain
April 21, 2017

After coming in behind Apple during the fourth quarter of a year ago, Samsung grabbed the top spot in global smartphone market share in the first quarter of 2017, according to a report released today by the Taiwan-based market research firm TrendForce.

Strong initial demand for the S8 will be encouraging for a firm recovering from one of the worst product safety failures in tech history, which ended in the Note 7's swift withdrawal. It was the highest ever but obviously, it's now edged over by the highly anticipated S8.

Ahead of its official launch in the US next week, Samsung Mobile USA has released a new ad for the Galaxy S8, titled "Infinitely Amazing". Samsung's almost edgeless "Infinity Display" combines with curved sides on the front and back of the phone to create a look and feel that are as close to flawless as any company has come so far, considering current technological limitations. Following the stoppage of the production of Note7, the company reduced its profit forecast for the third quarter of a year ago by over 2.6 trillion won, while cutting revenue expectations by 2 trillion won.

So that's the roundup for the Galaxy S9 flagship phones from Samsung for 2018.

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Though Samsung did not officially announce the price of the smartphones, US carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Communications Inc announced retail pricing for the same.

Samsung Pay is already available in 12 countries, including the United States, China and South Korea. On the same lines, this Galaxy S8 Active is also expected to be a tough device that can withstand more drops, impacts, etc. While the iris scanner of the Samsung Galaxy S8 can register up to 200 identifying features. Just by inserting the smartphone into the DeX, users will be able to use their handsets like a desktop computer. Samsung also added dust resistance, on top of the phone's existing waterproofing.

Also on the cards is a dual camera similar to iPhone 7 Plus.

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