No shortage of Galaxy S8 units expected as Samsung preps double the S7's supply

No shortage of Galaxy S8 units expected as Samsung preps double the S7's supply
Interviewed by Korean media, Samsung Mobile head executive Koh Dong-jin revealed a strong initial supply is being prepared for the first wave of Galaxy S8 and S8+ sales. Despite rumors of chipset shortages and other production issues caused by the new technology,

Samsung is pushing double the initial supply of last year's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units, claiming there will be "no issue of supply delay." The initial batch of handsets is estimated at about 20 million, while local market analysts predict sales of over 46 million, similar to the volume pushed by the Galaxy S7. Some analysts, and likely Samsung itself, are shooting for a higher figure, though – more like 60 million.

Korean analyst Park Kang-ho believes that Samsung and Apple already "own" the premium smartphone segment this year, with the Galaxy S8 displaying a strong showing and the next iPhone enjoying quite a bit of hype and intrigue. "The latecomer's threat is predicted to be insignificant," he said, spelling doom for Android manufacturers who chose to delay their flagships and wait for the Snapdragon 835 processor, whose initial supply was gobbled up by Samsung.

Qualcomm definitely put its clients in an uncomfortable position this year by giving Samsung dibs, which hammers home the issue of lacking viable alternatives to its Snapdragon chips. Intel had its AMD, Qualcomm doesn't – apart from China and India, where MediaTek's low-cost chips reign supreme. Having to delay their products because of this puts the likes of HTC and Sony at further disadvantage. Meanwhile, LG cleverly chose to be an "early bird" and enjoy a brief window of LG G6 sales before Samsung takes over the premium Android market.

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source: Korea Herald

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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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10 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"spelling doom for Android manufacturers who chose to delay their flagships and wait for the Snapdragon 835 processor, whose initial supply was gobbled up by Samsung." Something has to be done with this Android high end SoC monopoly, Qualcomm is becoming like Intel, getting pretty darn lazy just because they have no real competition. Except the Intel part is about to change (AMD Ryzen)

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Qualcomm part is about to change too Samsung, Intel, MediaTek and Huawei are all catching up with modems CDMA is dying The 835 finally has a CPU competitive in perf and efficiency to its Android rivals The problem with 835 supply is both Samsung and TSMC's 10nm process are brand new, yields are low Hence why Huawei isn't using TSMC's 10nm for a new Kirin for the P10/P10+ Thats a problem with Qualcomm releasing thier SoCs in early Q2, instead of late Q3 like Apple

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Actually, the biggest problem is Qualcomm's US Patents. That is why the Exynos is not sold here. You think Samsung wants to give money to qualcomm? lol. Qualcomm is a bit of a patent troll when it comes to ARM SOCs.

2. Unordinary unregistered

as Samsung uses parts from millions of pieces from the worst phone ever released*

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Where is the Samsung Troll now :( Some name like "I dont say" Is junkphone still loading ?

5. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Few days back phonearena published a story that Qualcomm blocks samsung from selling exynos processor to other OEM. Now samsung wants to use initial batch of sd835 for itself. There is some unethical business relationship between Qualcomm and samsung. But who is there to check it. Governments are under control of these corporations.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5747; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The blocking article is misleading Samsung can't sell their SoCs with CDMA without licensing from Qualcomm Which is expensive, so most OEMs won't buy from Samsung since due to pricing being too high And hence why Samsung uses SD in the USA and other CDMA countries The one except was the 810, in which case Samsung payed up because the perf/watt difference between the 810 and 7420 was HUGE The SD835 supply issue is because is both Samsung and TSMC's 10nm process are brand new, yields are low Hence why Huawei isn't using TSMC's 10nm for a new Kirin for the P10/P10+ Is a problem with Qualcomm releasing thier SoCs in early Q2, instead of late Q3 like Apple Basically Samsung is buying all the 835s As no other Android OEM can compete with Samsung's purchasing power (only Apple can)

6. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Samsung only uses SD 835 in the United States. The Exynos version is the international one. It always was so.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Double the firepower.

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ha ha. No sh@@. What was that shortage article about?

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