While Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) is expected to boast many advanced features, including wireless charging, a massive OLED display, IP68 dust- and water-proof certification and more, many of these advancements won’t necessarily be new to the smartphone space; but rather, will merely be new to Apple. Among all these exciting new advancements, though, by far the most attractive selling point of Apple’s 10th anniversary flagship will be its equally massive and gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED display, which is expected to feature bezels as thin as 4mm all the way around, according to sources who shared their knowledge of Apple’s plans exclusively with iDrop News. And those sentiments were corroborated on Wednesday morning in a pair of research notes put forth by famed KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, who actually shared his insight about Samsung’s most recent Galaxy S8/S8+ flagships — specifically how they spell good news for the fate of Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone.
Ming-Chi Kuo’s Most Recent Research Notes
While Kuo initially went on the record suggesting that the Galaxy S8 duo inherently “lacked attractive selling points,” particularly in comparison to Apple’s completely reimagined iPhone 8 flagship, he appears to have backtracked a bit on those claims in one of this morning’s notes. Specifically, Kuo explains that the initial public reception to the Galaxy S8 duo has been surprisingly greater than expected, which he attributes to the devices’ gorgeous edge-to-edge AMOLED display, going on to explain that the feature actually offsets other Galaxy S8 design flubs including its lack of a dual-lens camera, and a fingerprint sensor that’s quite awkwardly positioned right next to the camera sensor around back.
“According to our survey, market feedback to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has been better than expected since their unveiling. We attribute this to a better-than-expected selling point in the full-screen design,” Kuo noted, according to 9to5Mac, while adding that, “For this reason, we revise up our 2017 S8 shipments from 40-45mn units to 50-55mn units.”
It’s interesting to note that Kuo upped his estimate of Galaxy S8 sales this year — and by about 5-10 million units, to boot. However, it appears that the Galaxy’s dramatic new design, which is also expected to debut in some form or another on Apple’s iPhone 8, has caused quite a stir among those in the market for a new high-end smartphone this spring. And that alone could actually spell wonderful news for Apple, as its upcoming flagship has been rumored to debut featuring minimal bezels — as thin as just 4mm from edge-to-edge, according to recent reports.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Dual-Lens Camera
Meanwhile, in Kuo’s second research note this morning, he alluded to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 — expected to be unveiled later on this year — shipping with a dual-lens camera system that will actually trump the iPhone 7 Plus’ in several respects, indicating specifically that the “Note 8’s dual-camera will be much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone.”
Kuo goes on to explain that Samsung’s inaugural adoption of a dual-lens camera system will be “the most important upgrade” to the Note 8, and that it will likely boast a myriad of advanced features including “3x optical zoom, 12MP wide-angle CIS supporting dual photodiode (2PD), 13MP telephoto CIS, dual 6P lenses and dual OIS.”
Of course, Apple is likewise expected to introduce a bevy of next-generations optics on this year’s iPhone models — so we’ll just have to wait and see how the respective devices match up, pixel for pixel, when they’re unveiled in a few months time.