Report: Samsung To Produce 12.5M Galaxy S8 Units By Launch

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Samsung will produce 12.5 million Galaxy S8 units by the time its new Android flagship hits the market, industry sources with knowledge of the matter told ETNews. The South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is reportedly looking to manufacture 7.1 million of Galaxy S8 units and 5.4 million of Galaxy S8 Plus models, which contradicts a previous rumor from early February according to which Samsung was looking to prioritize the production of the larger variant of its upcoming high-end smartphone. The same report reiterates previously leaked details about the screen sizes of both devices as it states that the Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.8-inch screen while the Galaxy S8 Plus will sport a 6.2-inch one. Regarding the company’s initial production volume, it’s not particularly surprising in light of the fact that Samsung sold approximately ten million units of the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in the first 20 days following their 2016 release. The company is expecting its new pair of Android flagships will be even more successful, partially due to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that left millions of loyal Samsung customers without a brand new device last fall.

There has been no shortage of reports on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in recent months. Most industry insiders seem to agree on the aforementioned screen sizes of both devices, though some note their rounded display corners will actually result in somewhat smaller screens. Additionally, both Android-powered smartphones are said to ship with the Exynos 8895 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip in certain territories, as well as 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of internal storage. Some recent rumors even suggested that the Chinese variant of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will feature 6GB of RAM, though it may be a while before that information is confirmed or denied as several industry insiders previously said Samsung won’t release its flagship duo in China before May. Regardless, all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus units will feature Bixby, the company’s latest artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that Samsung officially announced yesterday.

Regarding the handsets themselves, they’ll be officially unveiled on March 29 and are expected to start hitting the market in April, so new details on Samsung’s 2017 flagship duo are bound to follow soon.