KGI analyst predicts Galaxy S8's full specs, says sales will be lower than predecessor


Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made a name for himself predicting all things Apple, but the from time to time he's offering his analytic expertise on other subjects. Recently, he issued a report for the company he's working for, KGI Securities, which concerns Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8.

Before going into details, it's worth noting that Kuo's predictions are most of the time correct, even though they're not always 100 percent accurate. In the latest report, Kuo connects the dots between all the previous rumors regarding the Galaxy S8's specs and puts them in a larger perspective.

As most of you know by now, Samsung will launch two Galaxy S8 models, with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, which will feature WQHD+ (2960 x 2400 pixels) resolution. Neither variant will feature a flat panel, so the South Korean company will go full curved-edge this time.

According to Kuo, Samsung will sell the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S8 in the United States, Japan, and China, whereas the Exynos-based version will be available in Europe and the rest of Asia.

Concerning the RAM inside, KGI's analyst says that while both Galaxy S8 and S8+ will pack 4GB RAM, in some countries like South Korea and China, Samsung will launch beefed up versions with 6GB RAM because “users in those two markets are particularly sensitive to DRAM specs.”



Moving on to the camera, Kuo “confirms” the Galaxy S8 will feature a single-lens 12-megapixel camera on the back, and a secondary 8-megapixel camera on the front. Samsung hasn't adopted two-camera setup due to cost and “immature dual-camera ISP design.”

On the bright side, thanks to the addition of an USB Type-C port, the Galaxy S8 will indeed provide users with a PC mode when placed in a dock.

Unlike previous reports that claim Samsung had to delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 for April 28, Kuo says the handset maker will make its flagship available for purchase on April 21. The Galaxy S8 will be available in at least seven colors at launch: gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid, and pink.

As far as sales go, Kuo predicts shipments of 40 to 45 million during 2017, several million lower than the 52 million Galaxy S7 units shipped in 2016. The reason could be the fact that the Galaxy S8 will go on sale later than the predecessor, but also because the Galaxy S7 was Samsung's only flagship in 2017.

source: 9to5google

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20 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I say they'll (sales) be higher.....one of us has to be correct, right?

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The sales will most definitely be higher, dude from KGI has lost his mind and should stick to making Apple predictions lol.

6. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I think his predictions make sense, although the S8 and Note8 will probably be my favorite launch from Samsung but they will definitely be lower than the S7 for a couple of reasons: 1. The launch of Iphone (8 or X whatever it is called) will have a huge impact on the S8 sales, and the fact that Samsung were heavily dependent on S7 sales and marketing it for a complete year after the fiasco of Note 7. 2. The launch of Note 8 later on this year will definitely take a share of the sales of the S8. So yeah the predictions make sense.

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The prediction does make sense but a lot of things make sense that don't actually happen and this article is about one of them.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

His rationale for this was that the S7 and Note 7 sales combined for the S7 and therefore, people who usually get the Note phones will wait this year and likely the S8 won't sell as much. But since this year Apple released a real turd in the iPhone 7, up until the release of the mystery 8, people might actually buy more Galaxy S8s. We saw decreasing sales of the iPhone 6s in the three quarters after release and even the release of the iPhone 7 was practically the worst one they have had in years when normalized for a standard release quarter.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They could end up being exactly the same and neither of you is right, but chances are slim ;)

19. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not necessarily. They could be equal.

22. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Initial sales are probably not going to be that great. There will be hesitation while people wait to see if there's any issues.

23. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I'd say Android OS users are more price sensitive than iOS users, and Android OS users have many more choices of phones than iOS users. I guess Samsung will sell less flagships but more high mid-rangers this year. Just like laptops these years, the performance of the middle-pricing ones meet the need of the most users.

3. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Plot twist right PA?

4. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Instead of launching in 7 color's,why not launch in Stock Version !!

5. fyah_king unregistered

Stock Android version? I hate stock Android!

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I just want it to have an unlockable bootloader. I know people think custom ROMs are a thing of the past, but I REFUSE to buy an Android phone that cannot flash zip files via flashify or TWRP. One in particular (VIPER4Arise) is so valuable to me I simply cannot accept stock audiomods any longer. First world problem? Yep. However, if this year's US model has a locked loader, I'm buying the Exynos variant! Never thought I'd see the day that I'd buy a non-Snapdragon model for custom software support, but what can you do? Side note; As a positive, the Exynos variant will also likely have better performance and battery life.

10. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It might not be the pricing of the S8 models that stops them being successful, it might be the Edge screen craze that is dying out,as they might make your phone look good ,but can be so hard to use when texting or viewing videos,plus those who ended up with a Broken glass phone will not be willing to go through the same experience

21. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The edge screens cause no such troubles. And there's no evidence they have more screen breakage than flat screens.

11. mastachaz

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

will for sure not buy if there will be only black and gold on lunch ,

13. ProudGoooner

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Can you elaborate more on the sentence “users in those two markets (South Korea and China) are particularly sensitive to DRAM specs.”

16. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

> WQHD+ (2960 x 2400 pixels) resolution That sounds strange for 18 (or 18.5) to 9 screen dimensions.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so what he's saying isnt that the S8 will lose sales for any reason other than he expects the 8+ to cannibalize those sales and gain more. So, basically its good news for samsung predictions because the 8+ is a higher profit margin.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so what he's saying isnt that the S8 will lose sales for any reason other than he expects the 8+ to cannibalize those sales and gain more. So, basically its good news for samsung predictions because the 8+ is a higher profit margin.

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