A sooner Galaxy S8 launch with a different model number
We’ve been triangulating Samsung’s next move after it had to suffer through the Galaxy Note 7 recall. A burst of Galaxy S8 chatter was quick to surround the chaebol’s Note 7 introduction and then its recall announcement, faster than previous years. Perhaps, the tech press surmised, the next Galaxy S would chase away this burning, bitter pill.
Well, financial analysts are agreeing as their intel suggests that Samsung cannot afford to wait through the first quarter of next year to launch the S8. For one, Mirae Asset Securities suggests that Samsung would do better forwarding S8 sales than working to improve Note 7 sales.
“If Samsung’s flagship smartphone launch is delayed to the end of the first quarter of next year,” said Kim Sang-pyo of KB Investment & Securities, “the profitability of the mobile business division could be worsened next year.”
With the awful luck that has beset what Samsung internally calls the SM-N930, what might the SM-G940 and SM-G945 bring? Well, other than a straight-up curve appeal, perhaps different codenames.
Korean culture, along with other Asian cultures, subscribe to superstition over the number “4” and its bad omens. Many spoken languages have put the word “four” and the word “death” as homophones.
SamMobile reports that it looks likely that Samsung will do what it did for the Galaxy S4(!) — skip “4” and go to “5”. Before changing the Galaxy S model nomenclature with the Galaxy S6 (SM-G900), Samsung used a GT-9×00 format, where “x” was the S-number for the year (ie, the Galaxy S3 was the GT-9300). But for the Galaxy S4, Samsung named it the GT-9500.
So, with two different size Galaxy S8 phones in the offing, we could be finding bits and pieces of them under the names “SM-G950” and “SM-G955”. Let’s see the company go die it, uh, we mean go for it.