Report says Galaxy S8 sales to flop due to iPhone 8 buzz
Sorry Samsung, your new Galaxy S8 will have limited sales because buyers are waiting for iPhone 8.
That’s according to the report by research firm TrendForce . The market study says the global production level of smartphones dropped 23% for the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to be slow until Apple will release its 10th anniversary iPhone devices that will arrive in the third quarter. TrendForce said it expects Samsung and other smartphone makers to post lacklustre growth as a result.
In a press statement however, Samsung said that pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are already outpacing the orders for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7+ released last year. The company said its Galaxy S8+ is more popular model among early buyers in the United States.
Furthermore, some have reported that Samsung has increased the production due to stronger demand for the premium-priced S8 Plus.
We shall see this in one week’s time when S8 is released in the US. It is far too early to accurately determine how the long feud between Samsung and Apple will play out. Yes, the hype for iPhone 8 is ever increasing. Samsung has yet to prove that Note 7 disaster is a thing of the past. Rave reviews about S8 have plagued the internet. Rumours have also been circulating about the new game changing features of the iPhone 8.
You may ask, what’s the current score card?
Samsung is still the world’s top smartphone brand by market share, with a 26.1 percent share of the global smartphone market, followed by Apple with 16.9 percent slice of the pie. Huawei, Oppo, BBK/Vivo and LG round out the top six makers by market share.