Carrier orders favoring Galaxy S8 before S8+, in-cell touch tech may be S8 exclusive

Carrier orders favoring Galaxy S8 before S8+, in-cell touch tech may be S8 exclusive
When Samsung released the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge last year, it avoided the shortage that plagued the S6 edge by pulling production of the curved display way ahead, and the move paid off with millions of S7 edge units gobbled up in the first few weeks after release without any interruption. This year, however, there will be no flat display version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8, just two models with 5.8" and 6.2" curved displays, the latter of which will be dubbed S8+, so Samsung will have a new production puzzle to solve.

Apparently it has heavily favored the S8 in the initial production batch, tips Korean media today, as carrier partners have sent it more orders for the smaller, 5.8" screen. Out of the rumored 12.5 million total production of Samsung's next flagships, the breakdown for March is 2.6 million against 2.1 million in favor of the S8, while in April Samsung plans to make 4.5 million of the smaller screen diagonal, and 3.3 million of the larger. Thus, the ratio upon release will be 7.1 million Galaxy S8 units shipped to the stores, and 5.4 million Galaxy S8+ models, which favors the 5.8-incher's projected demand by a third. 

Moreover, the source tips that Galaxy S8 will sport the Y-Octa screen technology that debuted on the Note 7, but not the S8+. Y-Octa incorporates the touch layer film directly in the display, slimming the screen package a bit, and improving sensitivity. This is likely similar to the in-cell touch tech that has been on LCD screens of Apple, LG and other flagships for a while now, but applied to an OLED display.

Needless to say, while we can easily see on the leaked renders that Samsung has done wonders trimming the top and bottom bezels of both devices, the rumored dimensions still peg the 6.2-incher as one pretty big device, so we are surprised that the ratio isn't even more in favor of the S8, though Samsung is probably insuring itself against unexpected strength in demand for the Galaxy S8+, so we can't wait to pit the two next to each other in their retail form.

source: ETNews (translated)

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21 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Anothe s8 article?

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

what does it look like?

15. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Oh my god! They're writing about the biggest phone release in years! On a phone gadget blog! \o/

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So?! Why is that a problem? Not interested? Don't stop and post. You must be interested because you stopped, skimmed and posted. "Richard" Bankz. Stop being the nick name of "Richard".

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL That's what I thought too.

10. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Of course they're going to favor the s8 over the s8 plus, very little people like really huge phones

13. fyah_king unregistered

Tell that to the 7plus owners. It's the same size as the S8+ but with way smaller screen. The 7 plus is outselling the smaller 7 like 2/1.

16. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That English fail, though... :)

19. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

There will be up close to release. This site is just as much SamsungArena as the other oems.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Carriers are assuming, they will receive more customer orders of the smaller device, and considering the price increase, the larger S8+ may not move as fast. Samsung rarely has product shortages, because they don't try to create artificial demand by simply making enough devices to begin with. While "some" create artificial demand by running out of devices at pre-order, then slow shipping the rest taking nearly a full quarter to catch up.

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

The ultimate of hype beast's... Create the illusion of the product in huge demand causing a fake frenzy for the device...

17. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Yup. No one would ever consider buying the most sold brand in the world, right?

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

S8+ for my account...

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it wouldnt make sense that the S8 would have features the S8+ didn't have. That's generally the opposite of how that works.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think this makes sense. Most who want a bigger phone will probably wait for the Note 8.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Nope. No sense. Especially since the tech was introduced in the Note 7. So it's not a size issue. And the cheaper phone shouldnt have more features than the more expensive phone.

18. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You're right it doesn't make sense. But they can't play all their cards with the S8+, since it could possibly cannibalize Note 8 sales. Crafty marketing by Samsung.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Still doesnt make sense. It carries a 50-100 premium over the S8 for what is basically a bigger battery and screen at this point (pennies in costs). They arent going to lose a sale now for a possible sale in 6 months that might net them just a smidge more or be lost to competition like the pixel 2 or G6.

11. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

We want S8 with 5.8, an S8+ with 6.2 but also an S8 mini with 5.2.

12. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Daniel, just do some research, in-cell touch/on-cell touch tech was first announced with the first SuperAMOLED display on the GALAXY S1 in March 2010. The difference between SuperAMOLED and AMOLED is in-cell touch on S-AMOLED and not in-cell touch on normal AMOLED. It was far before the in-cell touch lcd.

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Just make the Note 8 great. There is still time.

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