Samsung broke many hearts when it announced that its impending flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S8 — would not see an MWC launch. It was in the news again very recently when renders of the upcoming flagship leaked online.
Analysts now state that its sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, would do better in terms of sales than the Galaxy S8. Although Samsung hasn't confirmed the news that there will be a Galaxy S8 Plus, rumors have hinted at the existence of the model.
Analysts are saying that similar to the Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S7 edge, the premium model of the Galaxy S8 — the Galaxy S8 Plus — will do better business compared with its sibling.
Galaxy Flagship Smartphones Past Sales Records
In 2015, during the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung made a severe miscalculation. Samsung assumed that, since the price of the Galaxy S6 edge was higher than the Galaxy S6, buyers would most probably prefer the Galaxy S6 over the Galaxy S6 edge.
The whole assumption turned out to be a complete mess and it became evident that people were more interested in buying the premium and stylish Galaxy S6 edge over the Galaxy S6, due to the premium model's dual-curved display.
Owing to this small mistake, Samsung lost out on plenty of potential sales as it did not manufacture enough Galaxy S6 edge handsets to meet the huge demand. Based on reports, both the retail partners and carrier partners demanded more of the Galaxy S6 edge than the Galaxy S6.
Samsung, in order not to repeat its past mistake, made sure to procure more units of the Galaxy S7 edge than the Galaxy S7. Similar to 2015, in 2016, there was a higher demand for the Galaxy S7 edge over the Galaxy S7. Estimated calculations say that 70 percent of Galaxy S7 sales were attributed to Galaxy S7 edge.
Galaxy S8 Plus vs. Galaxy S8
With Samsung gearing up to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, the competition will be a bit difficult this time as both the smartphones will supposedly be featuring a dual-edge curved display and similar features.
The only aspect which may differentiate the two models could be the display sizes. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to feature a 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch screen, respectively.
Samsung, based on its past Galaxy smartphone experiences, will be hoping that the Galaxy S8 Plus outsells the Galaxy S8. However, the fact that both models may house almost identical features may make this year's sales predictions a bit tricky.
According to an industry official, Samsung is rooting for the Galaxy S8 Plus and is concentrating more on its production in larger amounts than its sibling, the Galaxy S8.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is rumored to cost $100 more than the Galaxy S8. So the question is will the consumers shell out $100 more for a device that is just bigger in size when they can get hold of the same features and specs at a lower cost? Only time will tell.