Samsung Galaxy S8 release on April 21, to have slower sales compared to Galaxy S7 reports Kuo of KGI Securities

Samsung Galaxy S8 to go on sale on April 21, will come with Exynos processor instead of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in the Asian market.

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Highlights

    • Samsung Galaxy S8 to go on sale on April 21.
    • Exynos 8895 processor model to hit the Asian market.
    • Galaxy S8 & S8+ to feature OLED display with +WQHD resolution.

Popular KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently came out with a new investor note. This time around, it was not about the iPhone 8 or iPhone X; instead, it’s about the upcoming Galaxy S8 release.

The popular analyst in his note said that there will be two size variants for the Galaxy S8; one variant (probably the base model) with a 5.8-inch display and a 3000mAh battery, while the other with a 6.2-inch display and a 3500mAh battery. Both smartphones will sport OLED displays and feature WQHD+ resolutions of 2960×2400 pixels. The analyst also predicts that the ‘shipment split’ between the two models will be 6:4.

Further, Kuo has claimed that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC powered Samsung Galaxy S8 will be sold in the United States, Japan, and China meanwhile the Exynos 8895-powered version of the Galaxy S8 will hit the Europe and the rest of Asia.

Talking about RAM, the analyst has said that the models sold in Korea and China will sport 6GB of RAM as users in those markets being ‘particularly sensitive to DRAM specifications’ whereas the rest of the market will receive the variant packed with 4GB RAM.

According to him, the new device will have a glass casing design and will be available in- Gold, Silver, Bright Black, Matte Black, Blue, Orchid, and Pink colour options. Kuo notes that the back panel will have four modules- the primary camera, fingerprint sensor placed on the right, camera flash on the top left and a heartbeat measurement sensor as well which will be located on the bottom left of the device.

The analyst cited that the Galaxy S8 won’t feature a dual rear-camera setup the reason being its ‘cost’ and ‘immature dual-camera ISP design’. The device will instead feature a 12-megapixel single module on the rear panel, while on the front it will sport an 8-megapixel camera.

In terms of availability, Kuo refutes earlier reports that claim Samsung Galaxy S8 to release on April 28, saying that the upcoming flagship will be released on April 21 instead. He further predicted that the Galaxy S8 shipment will be 40 million to 45 million during the 2017, which is slower compared to the 52 million Galaxy S7 units that were shipped last year.

Samsung will officially ‘unpack’ its latest flagship Galaxy S8 on March 29 at an event in New York.