Market analyst: iPhone 8 to be more attractive than Galaxy S8

We are in the last days before the launch of the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8 and all kinds of speculations are being thrown across the mobile tech forum. From spec rumors to sales count predictions, we are flooded by a number of leaks, and honestly, we can’t wait! 

However, a recent statement, coming from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, a respected Apple-leaker, suggests that the Galaxy S8 “lacks sufficiently attractive selling points” and will most likely lag behind the also much-talked-about Apple iPhone 8. Kuo put emphasis on the OLED screen the next iPhone might sport, saying that it would make Apple’s device “a bigger draw for customers”. However, we do wonder whether his estimations were solely based on the possible OLED, as the S8 will also show off the same display technology, meaning that the OLED may not be much of an ace in Apple's sleeve.

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.

source: 9to5Mac via CNBC

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119 Comments

2. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Apple will use a Samsung display but for some reason this "analyst" thinks it will be superior to Samsung's own flagship?!! LOL

12. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

This is the Analyst's personal opinion... In my personal opinion, iPhone 8 will be as boring as the iPhone 6 and the two newer clones of it.

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Kuo is being kind of weird here, as if he's saying this crap a bit forced. Usually he only speculates about the device internals and release schedules. Now he seems to be predicting things like less sales for the S8 and how the iPhone might look better or be more of a value, you know, non-factual crap. Feels like someone might have finally payed him off and he is using his credibility to cash in.

56. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Like I said in an earlier post. Something fishy is going on somewhere. A certain company is doing all it can to hinder sales of a certain company.

16. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think the reason why i8 is more attractive than S8 is because the change from i7 to i8 is bigger than from s7 to s8. My 2 cents.

58. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah I have a more reasonable reason How about because Apple used the same design 3 times in a row and ow you all are thirsty for something new. I mean look at Apple sales. Even though tge 4S sold more then the iPhone 4, one of rhe high selling points was a new design, after using tthe ge same design for 3 iPhone's. I think Samsung both benefits and hurts themselves using a sinikar deaign on so many phone. They should onky have branded The S and Note as Galaxy devices. The Note is more than an S with a Pen, but was better when its bardware was ahead of the S sbowing they arw different. Now that Samsung is trying to save money using the S hardware in the Note, the Note now seems like an s with a Pen. Samsung could have branded their otyer phones using some other name, like they did with the ATIV. Samsung needs to really deaign more often. Now with this Infinity display, othen than resolution, the display is going nowhere for a while. Samsung has peaked on design. tge edge was their ace in simply oit designing everyone. But they lost sple focus on software. Samsung has to get better in downsizing their line and just have J, A and S, with each haing 3 models. Low, mid and highend for that group with thw S and Note being the top. But since Sammie uses the S deaign in some form on Galaxy devices, the design gets stale quicker vs Apple who releases one phone a year. Samsung is forced to make a new design every year whichis expensive because machines have to ne retooled.

111. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

irrespective of design hardware price and anything, there are more people out there just to upgarde iphones very year they launch blindly for the pride of owning apple's newest flagship. the ppl who defend s8 is as dump as this analyst and iPA :D

119. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

It's a pain going through all those typos... can't you at least check your comment before hitting the button?

90. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Apple won't have a bezeless display. I am not sure where these roumours are coming from but Apple is profit first, spend money on stuff like bezeless displays second. Expect the norm which is an iPhone 7s. Think about it this way. Apple is always the last to adopt any new technology so they can claim they did it right after it matures. Is Apple really going to be the 4th to do a bezeless display and second to use a fingerprint reader under the display. Or the first to use a crazy face recognize camera? I think a lot of people are going to be shell shocked when the iPhone 7s or so called 8 if it IS due this year, doesn't have half of this stuff. Lol

102. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Or the first to use a crazy face recognize camera?" Are you kidding? Face recognization existed since several years ago... FFS.

17. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Well obviously it only matters when Apple do it!

23. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The problem I have with this analyst, that: 1- No one knows how the next iPhone will look like 2- Analysts aren't usually the people that comment on which product looks better than the other. Analysts usually predict the market and which product will sell more and which will flop.

106. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

> 1- No one knows how the next iPhone will look like Well, Apple contacted Koreans on manufacturing of a screen of some undisclosed properties - and VOILA - both Korean companies announced new phones with basically the same screen design idea.

53. lyndon420

Posts: 6727; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm sure Samsung's battery nightmare has nothing to do with this analyst's assumptions - (sarcasm). Pretty sure both phones will do well though on launch day.

74. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Because Samsung is manufacturing it, but Apple could very well be designing it. This type of thing has been happening for years, it's not rocket science.

101. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Because Samsung is manufacturing it, but Apple could very well be designing it" What?! Does Apple have patents to design OLED displays? Don't kid yourself.

86. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

This man is compared apples with orange S8 is almost here I8 nobody knows wtf will look

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Here comes the samsung army.... This is gonna be so entertaining.

13. Unordinary unregistered

What do you mean here they come? This website is a dedicated Samsung army. They are already here. There's only a handful of Apple fanboys here, including myself, but at least 10 dozen Samsung and Anti Apple fanboys/trolls.

31. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

My question is...how are you not feeling embarrassment after calling yourself a fanboy?

36. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He feels better because he is in the minority.

37. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yep! That explains most sites actually.

63. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well, first off there is a very good reason why Andepid and Samsung fans outnumber you. Apple is one company. Android is supported by more companies. That meqns more choice and opinions. But unlike Apple fanboys, because you all have to try to be relevant, eve. though many Android fans don't loke some other Android brands, we still vet along because we still have Android as our common denominator and we all can agree aon something. Apple has plenty of online fans, but few blog as we do. But Apple products are boring in general a d basically arent worth talking about. Every Apple buzzword is a big deal for like few weeka. Then people are already talking about the next model. Whole Android phones stay in. ews long because their are more models to review. The iPhone. basically rides on our backs. Because when youre benchmarking Android phones, what is the benefit of comparing with IOS when our whole setup is different? While Android phones last longer in the news because, there are things about Android that go beyond software. We have more hardware and features to compare. The iPhone dowsnt stand up because its gets k ocked out in the very first round. For example there are several phones tgat take better pictures vs the iPhone. If there was a round contest, and the very first rlind were photos and only the top 3 phones to the next round, the Pixel, S7 and Lumia 1020 would take the top 3 and the iPhone would be out. Thats how lame. Even though the iPhone is not the only phone without wireless charging, it should been the first. Thats why Apple, PA and kther sites are always making up stupid @$$ articles just to talk about Apple and most times its usually BS propaganda. Apple is like a one hit wonder. Apple has a one hit wonder and people keep buying the same song, where only the lyrics have been changed a bit. If Apple were doing what others are, then tbeir would be something to tall about. The last Mac Pro drew media attention because it looked like a fancy trashcan. After a few weeks their was nothing heard of it. Same thing happened with Retina Display, Siri, Apple Maps, FPS, Air, and other things Apple does in marketing. Apple is basically the toothache of tech. Other than eating your and helping you tall, teeth have a no so important purpose. But if you dont take care.of them they have ways of telling you dont forget about us.

4. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

That remains to be seen...

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

More attractive? That's subjective.

7. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

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. Just check the excitement and then go and read the top 8 upcoming Galaxy S8 article... they say top 8 expected features and then hate on 3 of those features not forgetting to mention how unsafe the Note 7 was.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Top-8-expected-Samsung-Galaxy-S8-and-S8-Plus-features_id91886

8. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

When I saw the title I immediately thought." Is this that Ming-Chi Kuo dude saying this?", I clicked on the article and went "Yup, Yup! Who dafuq else?"

38. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude if all the S8 rumors and pics are true, he is right! As for the screen, perhaps he is talking about how it will be built into the phone and not the screen itself. The iPhone is also rumored to possibly have Touch ID built into the screen, true wireless charging and an all new design with new materials. The S8 is basically the same phone with a taller screen. There is just not a lot to it over its predecessor. Like someone else said, the iPhone will be more interesting just by the difference between the ip7 and ip8 vs the S7 and S8.

50. willard12 unregistered

We've got our standard NCTX77 "it's basically a..." comment. The S8 is the same as the S7, which is the same as an S6, which "is basically" a Note 5 without a stylus. According your comments, Samsung has made the exact same phone since the S5, just changed the names. Every year, rumors promise a totally different iPhone. How have they turned out? Antenna lines or no antenna lines, that is the question?

68. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

what is "true wireless charging"? Wait, just like Samsungs use of fast wireless charging, the source still will be plugged in. True wirwlwss charging would be a device be charged with the wind blowing. Oh and not placing the device on a surface, means it will charge slower is you are far from the source. What they plan tomuse was already designed and patented by WiPower, which was bought by Qualcomm. They already have OTA solutions where you dont have to place device on a surface to charge. Like Apple joined the alliance which Samsung and others are already on, to gleem knowledge on making it work.

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