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Update, August 11: A few days after the report below from South Korea, Samsung Canada’s chief media officer Mark Childs went on record stating that there has been “significant demand” for the Blue Coral version of the Galaxy Note 7 in Canada and that “pre-orders are outstanding”. Childs went on to say that the “huge response in the pre-orders that went live just after Unpacked [are] certainly surpassing our expectations”.

Original post, August 9: Some were wondering whether or not the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 does enough differently from the Note 5 to justify a purchase. Well, pre-order data from South Korea suggests that the phone is going to be a hit, in fact it’s looking to be Samsung’s biggest launch in quite a long time.

According to a local report, more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 handsets have been pre-ordered in South Korea in just two days. This number doubles the number of orders for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The news makes the Note 7 the most pre-ordered Galaxy phone in South Korea to date, a major win for Samsung in its home country.

Furthermore, Strategy Analytics believes that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are already Android’s most popular phones, both having already sold 13 million and 12 million units respectively. A little bit of extrapolation based on these pre-order numbers paints a very promising picture for Galaxy Note 7 sales.

The phone is available to pre-order from Korea’s three major carriers – SK Telecom, LG Uplus, and KT Telecom. Samsung has also thrown in a free Gear Fit 2 with a pre-order, a deal that is also available in Western markets, and is offering half price screen replacements and a 100,000 won ($90) gift card that can be used at the Samsung Pay Mall. All of this is sure to tempt a few extra pre-orders.

There’s plenty to like about the Galaxy Note 7 itself too, including its new S-Pen features, iris scanner, and top of the line specifications. Do you think that the Galaxy Note 7 is going to be Samsung’s most popular smartphone ever?