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Samsung Electronics says Galaxy S8 pre­orders exceeded S7

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SEOUL — Pre­orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone have exceeded those of its predecessor S7, mobile business chief Koh Dong­jin said on Thursday, suggesting many consumers were unfazed by last
year’s Galaxy Note 7 fires.

The S8, which begin sales in South Korea, the United States and Canada on April 21, will be central to the South Korean firm’s recovery from the swift withdrawal of the Note 7 phablet.

The new device has been well­received, and some investors and analysts said it could set a first­year sales record for the smartphone giant.

“It’s still a bit early, but initial response to the pre­orders that have begun at various places across the world have been better than expected,” Koh said at a media briefing.

The S8 will be the safest Galaxy smartphone to date due to safety measures implemented to avoid the battery failures that caused some Note 7s to spontaneously combust, he said.

Analysts expect Samsung to record its best­ever quarterly profit in April­June, buoyed by strong S8 sales and a memory chip market boom that is widely expected to deliver record revenue for the industry this year.

The new device, equipped with either 5.8­inch or 6.2­inch (14.73 cm or 15.75 cm) curved screens, sports the largest screens to date among all of Samsung’s flagship phones due to a redesign.

Koh also said the firm plans to use the S8 to try to recover in China, where Samsung has been out of the top five vendors in recent years due to heightened competition from local rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

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He said Samsung will aim to regain market share in China even if it takes time, without elaborating on specific strategies.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 launched in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Samsung has launched its Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in Nepali market which is one of the most affordable 4G tablets from Samsung that combines refined design, superior display and powerful battery to deliver enhanced performance.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 comes with features like Kids Mode and parental control to let parents provide their children with a secure experience. Parents can restrict app access and set usage time limits.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) is powered by 1.5GHz quad-core processor and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The tablet packs 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) runs Android and is powered by a 4000mAh. It measures 186.90 x 108.80 x 8.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 289.00 grams.

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It include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM and Accelerometer.

Users will be able to hold the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in one hand thanks to its slim design, round edges and non-slip pattern. Weighing in at only 289g, the device is light enough to slip inside a backpack or purse, which further enhances its portability.

“With the Galaxy Tab A 7.0, we are providing our customers a device that is the perfect blend of refined design, superior display, great performance and non-stop entertainment,” said Pranaya Ratna Sthapit, head IM Biz at Samsung Nepal in a statement released by the company.

The device is priced at Rs 15,900 and available in two colours — White and Black.

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