Ming-Chi Kuo Reveals Galaxy S8, S8+ Specs, April 21 Release Date, 6 GB RAM Variants, Desktop Mode, 7 Color Variants and More

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 0

KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo is well-known for spilling information on Apple products before they are officially announced. However, the analyst has also revealed a lot of information on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 phones.

According to Kuo, the Galaxy S8 would be arriving in two models. The Galaxy S8 will have a 5.8-inch screen whereas its larger sibling, the Galaxy S8+ would be coming with a 6.2-inch display. Both the screens would be support WQHD+ resolution of 2,960 x 2,400 pixels. Kuo added that both phones will be sporting dual-edge curved screens. The S8 is expected to include 3,000 mAh battery whereas the S8+ would be packed with 3,500 mAh battery.

The analyst has claimed that the users in United States, Japan and China will be getting Galaxy S8 smartphones powered with Snapdragon 835 chipset. The European and Asian countries would be getting Galaxy S8 models fueled by Exynos 8895 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S8

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The rumor mill has been claiming since a couple of months that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ would be arriving with 4 GB of RAM. However, Kuo is of the view that Samsung may release 6 GB RAM models of S8 and S8+ in countries like South Korea and China as “users in those two markets are particularly sensitive to DRAM specs.”

The analyst has claimed that because of “immature dual-camera ISP design, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will not feature dual rear camera. Both phones are expected to arrive with 12-megpaixel rear camera and 8-megapixel selfie camera.  The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge did not feature USB Type-C port. Since the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will feature USB Type-C port, Kuo speculates that users will be able to take advantage of PC mode feature by using a dock.

Recent reports claimed that the Galaxy S8 release date has been pushed to April 28 from the previously rumored date of April 21.  Kuo has said that the Galaxy S8 phones would be available for buying from April 21. Both phones are confirmed to get announced on March 29. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are expected to be available in seven color variants such as gold, silver, bright black, matte black, blue, orchid and pink

Kuo has predicted that Samsung will ship 40 to 50 million Galaxy S8 units this year. This is comparatively lower than 52 million Galaxy S7 shipments in 2016. As far as Galaxy S8 and S8+ shipments are concerned, Samsung is expected to sell them at a ratio of 6:4.

There are two probable reasons behind more sales of Galaxy S7, the first one is that the Galaxy S8 would be available for purchaser later than its predecessor and the second is that apart from Galaxy S7 there was no other flagship smartphone in the previous year