Apple and Samsung are the biggest rivals in the smartphone industry and this rivalry is set to be put to test again this year, with the former expected to unveil the iPhone 8 later in fall while the latter is only left with a couple of weeks before it unveils the new Samsung Galaxy S8.
These two will, without a doubt, be the best smartphones in 2017, at least if the hype that is following their official launch is anything to go by. Many people are already eager to see what Samsung will bring to the fold with its first high-end phone since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. Similarly, Apple has kept iPhone fans hungry for a long time as far as major design changes and upgrades are concerned, something that has also thrown huge expectations on the iPhone 8, which will be used to mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary in business.
It is this hunger and desire for something new that analysts consider as a driving factor towards the iPhone 8 attracting more consumers when compared to the Galaxy S8. Of course, we know that the latter is expected to make some really huge changes to both design and hardware on board, with the curved OLED panels and larger display screen having a major role in this. However, we’ve previously heard reports that the iPhone 8 will also take the same curved OLED panel’s direction and knowing Apple, expect the design of this flagship to be really attractive.
Both phones will turn to glass and metal designs and unlike last year where the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came in with IP67, the iPhone 8 should join the Galaxy S8 on IP68 dust and water resistance. Perhaps the screen size might still be an issue for the iPhone, but who knows, we might also see an iPhone 8 Plus with a screen larger than the 5.8 inches being proposed for the standard model. This is also the same screen size that the Galaxy S8 will come with, but the larger Galaxy S8+ will ship with a 6.2-inch panel.
Analysts are adamant that Samsung will sell up to 60 million Galaxy S8 units, however, we’ve heard reports that Apple has already placed orders for about 100 million OLED panels. This says it all – that the iPhone 8 is expected to attract more consumers than the Galaxy S8. Even though previous reports had claimed that all iPhone models released in 2017 will come with OLED panels, the story has taken a twist recently, saying that only the iPhone 8 will come with this edge-to-edge display panel.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 sold about 50 million units, a figure that Galaxy S8 is expected to better. While this might be possible on paper, it won’t be easy achieving this feat. This is true because the fall of the Galaxy Note 7 contributed a lot to the continued sales of the S7 and S7 Edge throughout the final half of last year. Usually, this is the period that is dominated by the Note series and since the company doesn’t expect a repeat of the same disaster with this year’s Galaxy Note 8, it could mean the Galaxy S8 and S8+ end up selling even lesser units than last year’s flagship.
If anything, the success of Samsung Galaxy S8 rests with the company’s ability to retain its position at the top of the global smartphone industry. Yet we all know that this position has slightly been compromised by the Galaxy Note 7 factor, but soon we should know how deep this disaster cut into Samsung’s smartphone business.
The Galaxy S8 will be announced on March 29 and followed by an official release a few weeks later.