Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 doesn’t have ‘attractive selling points‘ and this will cause a drop in sales thanks to iPhone 8. Says who? Famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI That was about a month ago. This month he is raising his shipping estimates for the Galaxy S8 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
That’s bad news for Apple and iPhone 8, right?
That would be the logical assumption. Whatever is good for Samsung is bad for Apple and whatever is good for Apple is bad for Samsung, or so one would think. But that’s not the case. What’s good for Samsung can now be considered good for Apple.
Here’s the logic. The edge-to-edge screen and dual cameras are the hot smartphone items for 2017, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is expected to have both, including a 3x optical zoom, a wide angle lens, and a telephoto. So says Ming-Chi Kuo.
So, his company did a survey of prospective buyers and found that market feedback was better than expected so they’re raising their shipment estimates and that’s good news for Apple. How? Samsung is blazing a trail of expectations and Apple will follow because now the expectation for a premium phone is the aforementioned edge-to-edge screen design and whopper cameras.
Samsung and others blazed the large screen parade a few years ago, back when Apple’s flagship iPhone was still a mere 4-inches. The Galaxy S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch display but is the same size as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus at 5.5-inches. Removing the side bezel and lifting the forehead and dropping the chin makes for a bigger screen in a smaller space.
That’s allegedly good for Apple because customers will expect something similar from the iPhone maker.
Think about this for a moment. Ming-Chi Kuo, just a month ago, said the Samsung Galaxy S8 would be a disappointment because it didn’t have enough features to wow customers the way the unannounced iPhone 8 would. Now that his company has done an actual survey of products you cannot buy, their estimates have changed, and all is good again.
Win, win, win.
Good grief. At a basic level, all these premium smartphones are much the same; Android vs. iPhone. Rounded edge slab of glass and aluminum. Big and bright touchscreen. Cameras that rival entry-level DSLR’s. 2-million apps to choose from. So, the next generation will have a larger screen in a smaller space thanks to removing the side bezels and reducing the chin and forehead size. Oh, and the cameras will be better this year than last year.
That’s the case for every single premium smartphone, circa 2017.
Why would you pay more for a Samsung Galaxy whatever vs. any other Android-based smartphone with decent screen and camera? Why would you prefer an unannounced iPhone 8 over an unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 8? It’s likely that specifications will be similar across the board, so other items need to be factored into the equation. Ecosystem, support and service, resales value, privacy and security (Google’s app ecosystem is not as private and secure as Apple’s), usability and reliability– all these enter into the equation, but so does the cottage accessories industry.
Funny thing. True story. Most comparisons of smartphones are hardware specifications and not about the reasons why people choose the smartphones they choose.