Everyone knew Samsung’s latest flagship would become a huge hit, but no one predicted the + sized version would outsell the smaller, but large Galaxy S8. When looking at preorders and early sales of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, both have exceeded expectations despite both facing ongoing problems with Samsung’s Bixby.
Both versions of the S8 have outsold last year’s S7 and S7 Edge with more consumers turning to the larger S8+ over the large, but smaller S8. The current trend shows us that the days of being more portable are a thing of the past with users more concerned about productivity and of course, the midnight black color.
Early sales come as no surprise considering what Samsung packed in, or left out of the Galaxy S8. One of the biggest additions is Bixby which has been having ongoing issues especially with Verizon and the biggest part that was left off was the bezels, which Samsung is heralding the Infinity Screen.
The Galaxy S8+ is outselling the 5.8-inch model internationally as South Korea reports the same with early preorders. In Asia this is surprising, but in the US and Canada consumers have been opting for larger phones which we’ve seen increased sales in the plus sized versions of the iPhone and Galaxy Note in the past couple of years.
So far, Bixby hasn’t lived up to it’s expectations with Verizon users having the most to complain about. Bixby Vision is the one part of Bixby that has had the most success, with the exception of Verizon where half of the program.
Despite the larger screen of the standard sized model coming in at 5.8-inches which is a Phablet in-itself, the much larger 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ is still the obvious favorite. Remembering back, there was a time when Phablet’s were the minority, which was wasn’t that long ago.