Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s iPhone 8 will blow away Samsung’s Galaxy S8 sales

“Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI is out this weekend with a new investor note, but this one focuses almost entirely on Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy S8 refresh,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac. “Nevertheless, there are a couple of tidbits about Apple inside the report.”

“Kuo believes that Samsung will see weaker demand for its Galaxy S8 this than it did for the Galaxy S7 last year,” Miller reports. “One reason for this is that last year, Samsung essentially released a single flagship device because of the Note 7 debacle. Another reason for slowed demand, however, is that Samsung will face increased competition this year from Apple.”

Miller reports, “Kuo explains in his investor note that the Galaxy S8 lacks ‘sufficiently attractive selling points’ and thus the OLED iPhone could be a ‘bigger draw for consumers’ this year than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were last year.”

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MacDailyNews Take: More bad news for Samsung never fails to warm the cockles of our hearts.


  1. These analysts are always making up stories based on their own opinions. They talk as though they’ve interviewed every potential smartphone buyer. If Samsung decided to cut prices they’d surely get higher sales even if the features aren’t that attractive. Companies can easily offer incentives to boost sales. Apple seems to be the only company that doesn’t use that tactic on selling high-end products.

    Sure, I hope Apple is able to entice Android switchers but I wouldn’t necessarily count on it. If Apple does actually sell a $1000 iPhone that’s loaded with features it still could be more expensive than most consumers are willing to spend. Good luck with that super-cycle that’s exciting Apple investors. I’ll settle for slightly higher iPhone sales growth and consider myself lucky.

    1. We’ve heard that all before, and it didn’t work then either. There’s nothing remotely aspirational or inviting about incendiary Scamsham. And people get invested in the iOS platform. My wallet doesn’t rule what I buy, my heart and brain do. Look forward to serving you a generous portion of crow.

      1. While I can agree that people get invested in the iOS platform, long time users of Android are most likely just as invested in Android. The article makes a point about the possibility of Samsung sales becoming lower, but then again due to the mishap, perhaps there is a pent up demand for the S8. We’ll just have to sit back and watch.

        1. Well there are fewer SamSplode fans these days thanks to their own explosive ineptitude. Those who switched aren’t likely to go back. Fickle platformers always get their just reward at some point and aren’t customers worth having anyway.

          1. Agreed. My point was that those users affected by the Galaxy Note 7 didn’t necessarily give up on Android even if they gave up Samsung devices. Some may simply prefer the TouchWiz interface and have just held off another year to purchase the S8 instead. Maybe not as large as what iPhones would consider a ‘pent-up’ demand, but a demand nonetheless.

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