Galaxy S8 shipments said to target 60 million, release date set for mid-April

Galaxy S8 shipments said to target 60 million, release date set for mid-April
Citing industry sources, Korean news outlet The Investor reports that Samsung is targeting 60 million unit shipments for its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone. The company has placed component orders to match this target and is working towards a mid-April release date for the product. This means the Galaxy S8 could take about a month longer to land in retail stores than its predecessor. This may or may not owe to Samsung extending its quality assurance process to prevent potential product-breaking flaws.

The sources claim that Samsung will begin mass-producing the Galaxy S8 in March. One of the reports suggests that an initial batch of 5 million units will be completed in March, while the other suggests that 5 million units will be Samsung's monthly production capacity for the months after. Either way, the sources claim the company will be showcasing the smartphone "a month or two" before its mid-April release. This means the Galaxy S8 could be announced at MWC 2017, either in late February or the first days of March, while being shown to carriers and retail partners behind the scenes.

60 million is quite an ambitious target. The past three generations of Galaxy S smartphones managed between 45 to 48 million units, with a record of 70 million units still held by the Galaxy S4 (2013). Its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, came close with 65 million units. Reportedly, Samsung set such a goal to help overcome the losses sustained after pulling the faulty Galaxy Note 7 off the market last year.

The report names iris scanner module maker Partron, camera lens firm Sekonix, and connectivity-handling Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Amotech as component delivery partners.

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15 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's really optimistic goal... probably they have hidden card... something like S8plus note version, that will have all S-pen function from note series.. but it will be bothersome if people need to carry stylus because S8 didnt have S-pen hole... but if it have pen-S hole, it will be more like galaxy note :-/

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*S-pen

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Im not sure they can reach their target since many flagships ( mi6 , G6 , htc11.... will be released before mid-april

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh...you mean all the flagships no one is buying? You did see the dismal sales of the HTC 10...right? Oh and wasn't it announced that HTC won't be releasing another flagship in the USA?

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

same. if it doesn't store the s pen you can forget about it...

15. deleon629

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I'd had the same thought initially...But after seeing how well they'd handled the Note 7 fiasco (thus single-handedly showing the mobile tech world just how much power OEMs really have over carriers through their tempting BOGO deals, freebies for carrier switchers, bundles, and other methods of getting rid of phones like they were candy), I believe that they'd done a damn good job at convincing carriers within the past year that they are capable of using those same methods to get rid of phones within this next year; and the carriers are equally confident that they'll deliver. I have a really hard time believing they're gonna have any problems selling whatever it is they put on the market.

3. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Im sure they can reach that target with S8/S8 Edge combined. Since Note 7 disaster.

7. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm sure they can reach that target with S8/S8 Edge combined *PERIOD*. Fixed.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung has the potential to even surpass the 60 million target. It's only about time.

6. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

If all the rumors of the s8 turn out to be true and it's well priced it would exceed that amount

8. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...after pulling the faulty Galaxy Note 7 off the market last year..." SMH. Why? It's 2017.

10. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

In order to achieve that goal they should lower the price of the Galaxy S line. In some markets it's impossible to buy one.

11. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Ooppssss 60 millions new bombs.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Still an idiot! Even in a new year. Your resolution should be, to be less stupid. But I guess you and yoru kind can't help it. typed from my perfectly working and beautifully crafted Note 7

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't think the goal is ambitious for several reason. For one, Samsung promised to offer a deal on the S8 and Note 8, for those who had the Note 7 and had to exchange at least once. Considering the expect changes like an all new design, new hardware capabilities, including moving the capabilities from the Note 7, like the Iris Scanner will be nice things to have. So yes, considering the typical 40M+ sales of the S, at least T-Mobile customers were placed on Jump On Demand lease, which allows trades 3 times per year. So anyone can get the S8 right away and then Jump to the Note later when it comes out. Which will surely bring whatever new features the S8 gets. As a single model, Samsung has outsold all of ist rivals on a single model including Cupertino. Samsung is betting big on the S8, because Nope 7 owners will add an extra 10M ~ 20M sales. Considering it was rumored that Samsung could offer up to 50% off the price of the S8 for Note 7 owners. If that proves true, then the 3M Note 7 owners will surely add to those sales and for the scary cats who are afraid to buy a Note again. the S8 is a good replacement, because 100% of what you have on your Galaxy S can be moved to the Note and vice versa.

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