Galaxy S8 Camera Module Supplier Struggling With Yield Rate

Samsung Electronics might be facing manufacturing issues with the Galaxy S8 as the company's camera module supplier for the device is struggling with increasing its yield rate, local media reports. Camera modules for the Galaxy S8 are being produced by Patron that still hasn't managed to push its yield rate to over 70 percent, a source with knowledge of the matter said, noting that Samsung is seeking a yield rate of approximately 80 percent to ensure reliable supply. As things stand right now, a 70-percent yield rate means that 30 percent of all manufactured camera modules are faulty and cannot be integrated into Samsung's latest flagship handset. The issue reportedly stems from the setup of the front module used in the Galaxy S8 as the Seoul-based consumer electronics manufacturer combined the camera and iris scanner into a single module. While viable, the solution proved to be difficult to reliably manufacture for Patron, Samsung's largest supplier of camera modules. It's currently unclear whether Patron has a new and defined plan for increasing its yield rate in the coming months, but if it fails to do so, Samsung might have to turn to additional suppliers or face potential shortages of the Galaxy S8.

Unlike its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus doesn't use a unified front camera setup and instead has a separate camera and iris scanner modules that are manufactured by Power Logics. The more conventional setup is easier to produce as Power Logics is currently maintaining a 90-percent yield rate, industry sources say. The differences between front camera setups of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are likely related to their respective sizes as Samsung possibly had to save more space on components with the 5.8-inch variant of its new high-end smartphone.

Seeing how both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to be massive commercial hits, the former might be in short supply in some markets if Samsung doesn't manage to maintain a stable supply of camera modules for the device. An update on the situation will likely follow soon as the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will be launching globally on April 21.

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