Galaxy S8 mass production to begin in March; 10 million units for April launch
Over the past few years, Samsung has opted to launch its latest Galaxy S device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With the Galaxy S8 series set once more to stake a claim among the year's biggest smartphone releases, it was long assumed that Sammy's next major Galaxy would arrive at MWC 2017. In a break from recent tradition, it instead looks like the Galaxy S8 will grace us with its presence around April at a special event in New York. In anticipation, a new report from Korea notes that Samsung has ordered some ten million initial units.
As well as being a successor to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Galaxy S8 line will surely be on the radars of many Galaxy Note fans. The phablet series is expected to enjoy a 2017 renaissance after the unfortunate issues that afflicted what would otherwise be the current-gen variant. If the S8 lives up to its rather exciting billing, both Galaxy Note and Galaxy S fans could be interested and thus, Samsung's bracing itself for some strong early sales.
According to the report from ETNews, Samsung has briefed suppliers on plans for the Galaxy S8 over the past few days. Apparently, the first internal components will begin to reach manufacturing plants during next month, with a view to having full-on production in motion by March. The report mentions that 5 million units will be produced in March, with a further 5 million to be added during the intended launch month of April.
Samsung managed to shift an estimated 10 million Galaxy S7 units during the first month of sale in 2016, and the firm will be hoping for a repeat of those numbers. There will undoubtedly be additional scrutiny of Samsung after the Note 7, though, and it'll be interesting to see whether consumers are willing to pay the purportedly higher price to own the company's next major handset(s).
Is the Galaxy S8 on your radar? Let us know in the comments and also, be sure to take a peek at our rumor review for the latest info and leaks.