Samsung has set the date to reveal the Galaxy S8 on March 29. We also pretty much know exactly what the phone will look like. Just this week, images of the device showing it in its full glory were revealed. The only thing we don’t know is exactly when the device will go sale. We anticipate some time in April, and it appears Samsung will have a ton of units ready for buying.
According to a report from Korean site Naver, Samsung is already ramping up production for the device’s launch. The report mentions that Samsung is planning on manufacturing 4.7 million units in March and 7.8 million units in April. That conceivably means that Samsung may have over 12 million units of the Galaxy S8 ready when the device goes on sale.
That’s a lot of phones. These are all rumors at this point, so take it with a grain of salt, but doesn’t look like Samsung thinks the Galaxy Note 7 disaster will slow sales of the S8 too much.
The report also doesn’t distinguish the amount of units manufactured between the S8 or S8 Plus/Edge variant Samsung has been releasing with the Galaxy line dating back to the S6.
That number is on par with past sales of the Galaxy line
The number of units reported by Naver isn’t too crazy. Digital Trends reported that Samsung sold 13.3 million units of the S7 and S7 Edge during the first half of 2016. That roughly lines up with the 12 million units Samsung is reportedly manufacturing over the next two months.
It’s probably a smart move on Samsung to try to keep what will be the best-selling Android phone of the year in stock when demand is still hot.