Monday March 13, 2017

Analyst Predicts Weak Market for Samsung S8 Due to Attractive iPhone 8 Launch

Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the Samsung S8 won't sell as well as the Apple iPhone 8 due to a number of factors. First of all he points out that the S7 had sales of 52 million units due to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. His outlook for the Samsung S8 is only 40 - 45 million units sold during the 2017 fiscal year due to it not having the status of sole flagship this time around. He also believes that the Samsung S8 suffers from a lack of upgraded features. For example the rear camera is expected to remain at 12MP and still lacks a dual-lens setup. The front camera does get upgraded from 5MP to 8MP when compared to the S7.

The iPhone 8 by contrast is getting a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED panel where the virtual buttons limit it to 5.1-inch of practical area. Ironically this screen is being manufactured by Samsung. The video below shows off a new AMOLED display for an unknown phone that looks like the S8 leaks.

A KGI securities note seen by AppleInsider predicts the Galaxy S8 to have 5.8- and 6.2-inch OLED screens, with the smaller size featuring 2960x1440 WQHD+ resolution. The Qualcomm 8998 SoC is expected for the US and Japan markets, with the remainder of the world getting the phone equipped with the Exynos 9985.

Korean and Chinese units will boast 6GB of RAM, versus 4GB elsewhere. All models are expected to have a full-screen display with no physical home button, and 3D-curved cover glass.