The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are unlikely to come close to their predecessors' sales figures, and Samsung's overall profits will decline as a direct consequence.
If it wasn't already abundantly clear, suppliers and analysts have confirmed Apple's HomePod struggles in a Bloomberg report, with sales significantly below internal expectations.
China's top four smartphone vendors should all be able to increase their global sales scores this year, thanks mainly to improved foreign performance.
Due to iPhone X sales failing to meet expectations, the number of financial analysts predicting lower numbers for all of Apple's current handsets is growing.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 sales numbers may not have exceeded S8 scores on their first day in Korea, but down the line, they should be slightly higher around the world.
Apple can no longer realistically expect to ship 40 million iPhone X units this quarter, substantially revising down its internal production targets.
It's not looking good for Apple's iPhone X, which may end up selling just 18 million units in Q1 2018, and 12 mil in Q2. But its three sequels should do great business.
Samsung probably sold around 320 million smartphones in 2017, and its expectations for 2018 circle that same number as profits become more important than volume.
Samsung should continue to dominate the global smartphone market next year, but Apple and Huawei are expected to start narrowing the gap.
Apple is in record-breaking form this year-end quarter, according to IHS Markit research, as the lucrative iPhone X continues to sell like hotcakes.
Even with the iPhone 8 around the corner and the Galaxy S8 duo still selling like hotcakes, Samsung wants and believes in great Galaxy Note 8 numbers.
The global smartphone market should "rebound slightly" this year, according to IDC research, and continue to grow at a decent pace through 2021.
Even with the Galaxy Note 7 out of the picture, the Galaxy S8 not yet released and the S7 getting a bit long in the tooth, Samsung made a boatload of money.
For the first time "this century", Gartner believes Apple will eclipse Microsoft in 2017 in sales of devices powered by the two's operating systems.
Can the Galaxy S8 beat the S7, S6 and S5's box-office numbers this year? Probably, although 60 million units still sounds like a lot of phones.
In case you needed further proof the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are selling better than anticipated, A10 SoC supplier TSMC just had a monster quarter.
While we can't gauge the commercial success of Nexus devices with any precision, the Pixel and Pixel XL are shaping up as much bigger hits.
Reputable financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple Watch sales are unlikely to exceed 9 million units for 2016, down from 10.4M in 2015.
12 million units in four and a half months for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not as great of a box-office score as Galaxy S7's, but it'll do, if it pans out.