Report casts doubt on whether Samsung Galaxy S8’s supply will meet demand

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Samsung may not have enough stock of its Galaxy S8 (debuting tomorrow, March 29th) to meet demand, according to industry sources cited by South Korean news site Yonhap News Agency.

The sources indicate this is due to the “sluggish production” of both Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and Samsung’s Exynos 8895 chipsets, which are falling behind market expectations. Their report notes that this issue may adversely impact sales in a global market that’s already over-saturated.

To back up the latter argument, Yonhap states that one of the issues cementing the LG G5’s sales failure was a slow supply of chipsets that limited LG’s ability to meet demand. Additionally, Yonhap advances that the previous supply chain issue is why LG chose the Snapdragon 821 for its premium device in 2017. While that may be true in some degree, most previous reports state that LG simply couldn’t purchase the 835 due to Samsung’s monopoly over supply.

Most global markets outside of the U.S. can expect to receive the Samsung-made Exynos 8895, though Canada has occasionally received the Snapdragon variant in the past and is expected to see the Snapdragon again this year.

The last high-end Android to face availability issues was Google’s Pixel, though the degree of impact on sales is yet unknown.

Source: Yonhap News Agency