KGI SECURITIES ANALYST Ming-Chi Kuo has taken a break from leaking details about the so-called iPhone 8 and has turned his attention to the Galaxy S8.
In a research note seen by 9to5Google, Kuo says, like others, that he expects the Galaxy S8 to be available in two versions - one with a 5.8in display and a 3,000mAh battery, and another with a 6.2in display and beefier 3,5000mAh batteries. Both of these AMOLED screens will pack a QHD+ 2,960x2,400 resolution, according to Kuo, and both will feature a curved design similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Adding weight to previous rumours, Kuo also points to a "full-screen display with no physical home button", with Samsung instead opting for a built-in iris scanner on the front and a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the Galaxy S8. According to Kuo, there will also be a heart rate sensor on the back of the device.
Kuo claims that Galaxy S8 handsets sold in the US, China and Japan will pack Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 835 chip, while models sold in Europe will use Samsung's homegrown Exynos 8895 chip. Most models will pack 4GB RAM, while Galaxy S8s sold in Korea and China will up this to 6GB.
If Kuo is on the money, we can also expect the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to feature a 12MP main camera, 8MP front-facing camera, USB-C, a Windows Continuum-style PC dock and seven colour options: gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid, and pink.
While this all sounds well and good, Kuo doesn't have particularly high expectations for Samsung's incoming flagship duo, predicting that Samsung will see weaker demand for the Galaxy S8 than it did for last year's Galaxy S7.
One reason for this is that last year, Samsung essentially released a single flagship device because of the Note 7 debacle, while another is Apple's iPhone 8.
As reported by 9to5Mac, Kuo claims that the Galaxy S8 lacks "sufficiently attractive selling points" which could see Apple's OLED-equipped iPhone 8 prove a "bigger draw for consumers".
"We project Galaxy S8 shipments of 40-45mn units in 2017F, implying slower momentum compared to Galaxy S7 in 2016 (around 52mn units shipped)," Kuo said in his research note.
The Galaxy S8 will launch on 29 March and Kuo claims it'll go on sale on 21 April, despite reports that the release had been delayed until 28 April. µ
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