The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are in tight supply, despite Samsung's reassurance

It looks like there's trouble in paradise, for early Galaxy S8 buyers in South Korea are struggling to get their hands on the phonedespite Samsung reassuring them the S8 is ready to fly and there will be no supply shortages.

Apparently, Sammy's number crunchers under-calculated their initial stock and demand estimates, because supplies dried up after early pre-orders broke past the 1 million mark. Thus, the company extended the registration period for the S8 and S8+ until April 30, six days after the April 24th initial date.

Samsung cited "an imbalance of inventories by color or model at retail stores" as reason for the delay. Smartphone vendors revealed a shortage of Midnight Black models, with Orchid Gray also in the low digits.

It is unclear whether the supply shortage is contained to South Korea, or it's going to impact buyers from the rest of the world. But if you haven't received your Galaxy S8 or S8+ pre-order yet, you might be in for some waiting. Sorry to be bringing bad news!


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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)



1. Unordinary unregistered

Waiting on all the basement dwellers that were talkin trash on apples supposedly short supply for their upcoming model lol.

51. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah, and the basement dwellers who says the S8 will never have good sales.

62. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well seeing how the S8 uses cutting edge tech while the iPhone uses components from 1997, the comparison is hardly reasonable. The iPhone's SOC was never in short supply and that is pretty much the only thing in the iPhone that is from 2016.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Just read the arstechnia review and I'm no longer interested at all in the phone. Apparently, the phone suffers from stuttering when scrolling. That's UNACCEPTABLE. Take a look: "Actual in-app performance on the Galaxy S8 is not great. The Google Pixel raised the bar for what smooth Android performance looks like, and the Galaxy S8 just can't keep up. In the above picture you see Android's built-in GPU profiler mode. Each vertical line is the time it takes to draw a single frame, with the horizontal green bar representing 60FPS. Bars under the green line rendered in time, resulting in smooth 60FPS scrolling. Bars that overshoot the line took too long to render, resulting in a stutter in the UI animation. Even in the lowest resolution possible—1480×720—the Galaxy S8 still drops a ton of frames when scrolling complicated apps like the Play Store. The highly optimized Google Pixel—at its full 2560×1440 resolution—is easily getting frames in on time. And even if things do slow down, there's a sizable amount of render time still. No matter what resolution you pick on the Galaxy S8, scrolling (especially scrolling slowly) has this weird stutter to it and a slight ghosting effect. Not everyone is sensitive to small performance issue like this, but if you are, you'll find the S8 a little unpleasant to use. I wish Samsung focused more on optimizing the whole display and GPU stack to hit 60FPS and run more smoothly, rather than adopting the raw benchmark focus the company seems to have now."

3. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yeah read that article on it as well. They even offered a UI performance analysis if I'm not mistaken showing the S8's performance versus a Pixel, and the results weren't flattering. Samsung just can't get the little s**t right, unfortunately. I mean what phone drops the damn Play Store? Really Samsung?

8. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

@iczer No offense, but I'd trust a professional reviewer over you. Many people swear their iPhones never lag. Dropped frames have been something Samsung has struggled with for a while. Also, it's a little weird you only had 9 posts since 2015. Alt account? Sammy rep? lol

18. kevv2288

Posts: 300; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I only read a few paragraphs from this "professional reviewer" about the biometrics and already realized this guys review is a joke. 1st off he claims you have to swipe the lock screen to use your irises to unlock the phone which is 100% false, there is an option in the settings that you can turn on that will scan your irises as soon as the screen turns on without swiping. 2nd he says the fingerprint scanner only works with your finger vertical which is also wrong as I have unlocked it with my finger pointing to side everytime. He says it too small and compares it to the iPhone scanner even tho it's about the same size and it's actually shaped the way it is because you are using your index finger not a thumb.

22. kevv2288

Posts: 300; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

And i don't get everyone complaining that it's too high up to reach when the overall dimensions of the s8 are smaller then any other phone with a big screen.So in reality your not reaching much further because the s8 dimensions make it seem like a much smaller phone in your hand

37. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014


27. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

What's wrong with you? I do not post frequently. I got the international exynos version and it does not lag! Happy with the phone!

31. willard12 unregistered

What degree and certification must one receive to become a professional reviewer? Is there a specific license? Or, are these guys basically like the commenters I see on PA that say "I tried X device" or "everytime I pick up a Samsung phone it lag". Bottom Line: You give me the name of a phone that sells over a million units, and I will find you a "professional reviewer" that pisses on it. Phone reviews are just like news organizations, you will believe the ones that fit your preconceived notions and personal beliefs and you'll dismiss the ones that say otherwise. Either way, you can find whatever you want on the internet. What do you think are the chances that I can look really, really hard and find someone that says "the S8 is buttery smooth" and then go around posting the paragraphs of that article in another article about the supply chain?

63. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Samsung is just down right stupid with their software. The amount of background services running are downright insane. The fact that they are hell bent on micromanaging the battery so much that it becomes bad. They literally throttle the CPU cores down as much as they possibly can and then spike them to meet extra demand leading to frame skips. Same with their RAM management which is still atrocious. Also, you not only have Google's monitoring software, but with Samsung you get a healthy dose of MS, Facebook and Samsung's own monitors. The frame dropping is also largely because all of these services log data at ridiculous times and sometimes, stack on top of each other. Google optimizes their reads because Android is their system, but the others are more haphazard in what they do. All of these combine to give the S7/S8 a pretty mediocre experience even though they are two of the best phones, hardware wise, on the market.

86. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I have a s8 and the performance is great. I don't to to be a professional blogger to know the s8 I've been using for a few days is fast and smooth. You can go to any store and see for yourself using the demo

60. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

That analysis is flawed. 1. It is a S835 based phone, its irrelevant. The 8895 should not have ANY smoothness issue. 2. It is a bug within the scrip/command it self, the latency spikes ARE not present during use/scrolling - somehow the command itself (gpu profiling) makes huge frame drops and spikes, i have tested and verified this at least 3-4 times on S7 Edge.

4. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Thx for posting that. Not spending over $750 for a smartphone that lags and stutters like that. Samsung needs to fix that. I legit was planning on buying one. Not anymore.

39. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The S8 Exynos scrolls buttery smooth in the Play Store, besides the Pixel is terrible when it comes to app opening and app management, even the S7 and Note 5 (with Nougat) beats it there.

7. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I got mine yesterday and the scrolling down is buttery smooth. Besides I received an update!

32. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Or you got used to it

10. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

s**t review. The real thing is a pixel killer. The owners can confirmed that not a paid professional.

11. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Arstechnica a sh!t review? You must be an idiot. They are trusted for providing solid, in-depth reviews in the Android community. They also provide data to back up claims. Please explain how the review was sh!t?? Did you even read it? Or are you mad because you planned on purchasing the S8 or have one?

20. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Please man chill out. One thing you must to know is the perfect device is the device you make you happy. And this device is S8 not the pixel or OP3t or Mi6 etc. Samsung make something here and this is innovation so no professional can change my mind. These are idiots and they have no idea how difficult is to be innovative. Sorry for my English and sorry for you to became negative reading this review.

15. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

I got a Exynos version on the way so I'm hoping it runs a bit better than the SD 835 version they used in the review.

19. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I 100% believe you! I have an S7 Edge Exynos I bought a couple weeks ago. Can we agree Samsung must start releasing Exynos variants around the world and stop with the Snapdragon processors?

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I have the S8+ exynos version and tried to replicate the scrolling on the playstore. I didn't notice any lag or stutter. Is it because i have the exynos version? Or the stutter is very minimal that it takes a program for normal people to notice? Maybe try owning the device and test for yourself, and don't be like kiko who critize without actually owning the phone.

17. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

S8 LAG - HOw does Samsung continue to come out with phones that lag over and over again? I'm seriously sick to my stomach at the thought that they still have not been able to get this together. It's like every year, they come out with a phone that everybody wants to buy with the best specs. HMMMMmmmm what are they missing? OPTIMIZATION EVERY TIME!!!!! Samsung's phones don't perform well in the real world because the engineers fail to properly optimize the damn thing. This is why every time I pick up a samsung phone I notice how laggy it is compared to literally every other android phone. Samsung Fanboys ->>> WHY ARE YOU GUYS ALL IN DENIAL? We know the Samsung S8 doesn't perform like it should. Even phonearena said it lags during games which is unacceptable in 2017. It's fricking ridiculous fanboys are still trying to defend samsung. LOL at them charging 700 bucks for a phone that doesn't perform better than a Oneplus 3T Avoid this phone.

21. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

That was the worst attempt to troll Samsung, no evidence If that S8 was a pre-production unit or not, or if it was the ones displayed in shops bloated with ads or if it was tinkered on purpose so it lags. Nice try trolling like all your post, none takes you seriously.

72. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+100, well said

28. willard12 unregistered

If searching for videos to prove points was hard work then we could all be billionaires. So, I guess the iPhone, Pixel and the OnePlus that you rave about also have issues with "optimization". Avoid those phones.

73. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You made up fake videos, that is not real, lol

82. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Dude. Why waste your time. They are just trolls!

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