Now, we do know that Kuo is known for his reasonably accurate forecasts, especially when the Cupertino company is concerned, but it is so very difficult to take his word as certain in this case, given that both handsets are rumored to bring us nothing short of quality and innovation.
We do not like to take sides, but a speculated 5.8” OLED screen, a non-physical home button, a new functional area on a bezel-free screen, all sound really awesome, and might come in the next iPhone. Oh, did we mention the possibility of a revolutionary 3D-sensing front camera? – No? Well, yes, and wireless charging, too. The list goes on.
The Galaxy S8 also packs a punch with a sweet bundle of attractive features, such as the Bixby virtual assistant, an up to 6.2” screen, an iris scanner and a fingerprint scanner moved to the back of the device. Nonetheless, Kuo’s judgment goes on to suggest that the S8 won’t be able to overtake the approximately 52 million sales of its predecessor, the Galaxy S7, and will average at about 40-45 million sales for fiscal-year 2017, apparently considerably less than what is forecast for the iPhone 8.
Whether KGI Securities’ analyst will turn out right this time will become clear in the months to come. However, we do expect to get at least an idea of the accuracy of his projection, after we get to see the S8 in full on March 29.