Chip issues could lead to major shortages of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Chip issues could lead to major shortages of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
The word out of Korea on the day before the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are to be unveiled, is that Qualcomm has been having a problem turning out enough Snapdragon 835 chipsets to meet Samsung's production schedule. In addition, Samsung's own Exynos 8895 SoC, which powers its flagship phones in most parts of the world, is also suffering from production delays. The Snapdragon 835 chipset will be employed on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S8/S8+. Both chips are made using the 10nm process, which could explain the low yields achieved by Qualcomm and Samsung.

Industry analysts believe that Samsung's sales could suffer as supply of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ fail to match up with the expected heavy demand for the new phones. Last month, serial tipster Evan Blass sent out a tweet in which he blamed poor yields of both the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets for a one week delay in the launch of both phones. Originally expected to be released on April 21st, Blass is now looking at a launch date of April 28th for the two handsets.

Both phones will be officially introduced tomorrow by Samsung. The Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage. A 256GB capacity microSD slot will be on board. A rear-facing 12MP camera is equipped with an aperture of f/1.7, while an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper adorns the front of the phone. A 3000mAh battery is in charge of providing the juice needed to run the handset.

The Galaxy S8+ comes with a larger 6.2-inch screen, and a 3500mAh battery. Android 7.0 is pre-installed on both models. In addition, both models will have a fingerprint scanner on back, to the direct right of the rear camera. The two flagship devices have an iris scanner and an IP68 certification rating. This allows the two to be submerged to as deep as nearly 5-feet of water for as long as 30-minutes, and escape unscathed.

source: KoreaHerald via AndroidAuthority

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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85 Comments

1. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Great news. Cause i won't be buying it anyway

19. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

So it's great news just because it doesn't affect you? What is this world coming to...

33. androiduser

Posts: 513; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

More like it's great news because I decided not to go for it and now it seems like they're having a problem with the chips? Do you get what i mean?

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

dont waste your time androiduser kiko007 is one of those grammar nazi lol. and yes Samsung is incompetent you dont take too much if you cant handle it. This is like one restaurant ( one physical place ) having to feed a whole city.

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

maybe they didn't expect it have a high yield issue. there could be equipment issues, who knows.

59. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Well, since Trump became the president of the US, that's how low the bar is set for anything now. People are happy just if they are not affected by a problem.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Ok im at wits end here. Where are the preachers that always accuse Apple of making short supplies due to "shortages of supplies" or w/e to inflate demand? Double standard much? Just point out hypocrisy.

26. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You know full well that those aren't the type of people to acknowledge a double standard. You'd be better off searching for Bigfoot...

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nah i agree but thing is this time its Samsung fault Quallcom should had used TSMC instead.. Now Samsung keep mostly all the SD835 for themself and they cant even build enuf because they are incompetent. Love how some idiot generalise. Yep i dont like Apple i also dont like Samsung. both giant asshole to be truthfull.

32. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Now Samsung keep mostly all the SD835 for themself and they cant even build enuf because they are incompetent." Samsung is not incompetent. There are always supply constraints to get around at this level of success. Granted, Apple manages, somehow, but Samsung has to produce chips for EVERYONE right now. I don't blame the issues on incompetence. "Love how some idiot generalise." *Generalize And I love when idiots make assumptions regarding whom I was talking about. "Yep i dont like Apple i also dont like Samsung. both giant asshole to be truthfull." Good for you...?

35. thetcmbway

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Kiko... Generalize can be spelled Generalise depending on where you live...Just like Color can be spelled Colour

36. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh. My bad then. Thank you.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you guys seem to forget that this is a brand new chipset at 10mm and they've been having issues with the supply of these chips since they started making them which is why the announcement and sale of the phone was pushed back to begin with. but I guess thinking is hard for some.

40. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

In the post you were responding to, I thought I alluded to that being part of the problem. Guess not.

48. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1462; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It wouldn't have made any difference, both Samsung and TSMC were rumored to having problems with production yields of 10nm chips. Samsung claimed to have resolved the issue for the most part though and TSMC will have their hands full with Apple's new SoCs soon and so far rumors about their less than satisfactory yields stay strong.

64. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

TSMC's​ 10nm isn't mature either Hence why Huawei has released a 10nm SoC for the P10/P10+ Samsung aren't keeping the 835 for themselves Samsung are buying all Qualcomm current supply Samsung have the most buying power of all the Android OEMs

42. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

That's so true in all walks of life. The folks who are the most adamant about lets say X, will never ever admit to a double-standard or whenever they are wrong.

34. willard12 unregistered

Perhaps they are looking at the actual facts, such as the LG G6 having to ship the SD 821 because of the lack of availability of the SD 835. Your use of false equivalence in a desperate quest for hypocrisy is what is driving you to your wits end.

57. AlikMalix unregistered

And apples new chipset cannot be in short supply? So it must be fake inflation marketing scheme - but when Samsung does it - its "actual facts". Give me a break.

60. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Apple is using TSMC, and they have exclusive deals with TSMC I believe, while on the other hand, Samsung has to build both the 835 and 8895 which would be a problem for them.

84. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Because Samsung release their S series in Q2 Both Samsung or TSMC's​ 10nm processes are just launching Basically yields will be lower in Q2 than in Q3 Hence why Samsung having problem making enough SoCs is a very legitimate concern And why LG and HTC are using the 821 If Samsung has this same problem for the Note series, then it's BS

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is no double standard. It's simple math. Apple MAKES ONE PHONE. If Samsung can have a reasonable supply of over 50 models. why is Apple struggling with one? Why not ask the right question? Its simple. I have heard I think 2 times, Apple had a supply issue with displays for a couple models before. Now lets be far dude. Based on the info we can get on PA, Apple usually starts products of the new iPhone in Q2 for a Q3 release (summer). Or what would be Apple Q4 and Q1. Now how is it that when Apple has 10M pre-orders which they have had since the iPhone 4. The pre-order sales take them over 8 weeks to fill? Every iPhone I have ever ordered on pre-order which I pre-order 15 every year, I get about 5 or less within about 2 weeks and I don't get the rest for more than 8 weeks. In fact it took more than 60 days to get all of our iPhone 6 order. Samsung makes 50 models, and you say they can't have a shortage on just one? But Apple makes only one phone and its ok for them to be short? No one else uses the A chipset but Apple. We do know that TSMC had yield problems which is why Apple paid Samsung because if Apple didn't they would have lost lots of money. Then of course you all made a big deal about it trying to compare the 2 chips. REMEMBER THAT? The 835 is being shared with SEVERAL OEM's Samsung makes 50+ dude and ;ast I remember the S6 edge was the only phone Samsung had a shortage but it was because of UINEXPECTED DEMAND for the Edge model. Yet Apple knows the iPhone is popular, they know their whole 3 month production run will be sold on pre-order. How is it, on pre-order where they had a 3 month head start, they completely run out. That last order of iPhone I had with the iPhone 6, my remaining order came here to my office via DHL directly from China. This isn't even remotely the same dude. I am sure you know this. 1 phone vs an OEM who makes 50 and yet Samsung naver had a delay. The only one being hypocrite here is YOU! Apple makes one phone, in a country where employees are forced to work without breaks for days and hours in a row. An dthey can't keep up with demand? Apple has 10M pre-orders and even with a 3 month production run can't fill them? Apple and Samsung usually send the phone by boat. SO that is already a delay. The boat takes 6 to 8 weeks. Apple had such a delay with the iPhone 6, they actually flew phones in and so did Samsung with the S6 edge.

46. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Wtf ? How'd you even type out so many lines of crap ? You always want to prove something, but end up getting butthurt instead.

77. AlikMalix unregistered

You're disproving your own point (only read your first paragraph, the rest is jibbarish). Samsung makes a lot less devices for any initial launch of the 30-50 different devices they make throughout the year - its extremely easy to keep up with components supply especially because only 2-3 models are using latest and greatest - the rest are (in my opinion) rebranded old devices that didn't sell: A-series models look and spec'd almost exactly like S5 and S6 models. Apple needs tens of millions and preps 10 to 20 million extra on top of what it prepped for last model every year - and still comes short - you also hear that Apple is the culprit for hogging all the supply lines such as cargo ships right before their new iPhone launch - that's proof that apple preps A LOT of iphones for their launch... Samsung does not sell that many even for their best devices during launch... it's easy to spread the supply requirements over 30-50 different models vs all on 2 main devices of which most sell at launch... you're right on one thing: simple math....

80. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Samsung has other orders too tardy boy. They just don't make chips for themselves. It's not just SOC's either. Yeah simple math and common sense....

81. AlikMalix unregistered

Now that's a much more compelling argument +1...

65. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

You're at your wits end over a phone? Lmao

74. AlikMalix unregistered

Reading comprehension is a virtue, I guess. Let me clarify, I'm at my wits end over hypocrisy and double standard by the same people that accused Apple of the same thing.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Got to love fake news and manipulation of narrative (Qualcomm has been having a problem turning out enough Snapdragon 835 chipsets to meet Samsung's production schedule.) Samsung is the one building them so Samsung is the one at fault not QC.

75. cheetah2k

Posts: 2294; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yep, same fake news about the Google Pixel not existing. Its not Google's fault that HTC cant keep up with demand to supply its own store.. Its HTC. but hey lets, go blaming Google.... this is definitely Samsung's fault. Its well known that the 835 is produced by Samsung's Foundry chip making facilities (not Qualcomm).. https://www.cnet.com/au/news/3-reasons-this-samsung-galaxy-s8-exclusive-isnt-necessarily-a-slam-dunk/

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