“Sluggish production” of Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets may lead to a glut in the flagship series’ supply
Online publication The Korea Herald published a report recently speculating that Samsung may not have enough supply of their upcoming flagship Galaxy S8 to meet consumer demand. The publication’s sources blamed “sluggish production of Qualcomm chipsets” as well as the Exynos 8895’s fabrication “falling behind market expectations.”
The news is unsettling, given the recent rumors of Samsung hoarding Qualcomm’s newly-minted flagship tier SoC, the Snapdragon 835. Combined with the Herald’s report, it’s probably best to expect the Snapdragon 835 as a Galaxy S8-exclusive for a long, long time.
So what then are we to make of the other smartphone manufacturers declaring their next flagships to be powered by the SD 835? Who knows if they actually got a slice of the Snapdragon 835 cake. In the face of rumored supply hoarding and production glut, the logical options are to slap the previous-gen Snapdragon 821 (like the recently released LG G6) inside their handsets or switch to the top-tier offerings of competitors MediaTek and HiSilicon.
According to Android Authority, there’s speculation on Samsung’s part that Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus preorders will surpass the doomed Galaxy Note 7’s, and it will achieve greater initial sales compared to the S7 and S7 Edge.