Samsung Galaxy S8+ to outsell smaller Galaxy S8 model, report says

(Reuters/Brendan McDermid)Samsung SVP of Product Strategy Justin Denison introduces the Galaxy S8 and S8 during its launching in New York.

With the sales of Samsung's flagship smartphone already in full swing, analysts and observers have started projecting which among the two versions of the Galaxy S8 will fare better among consumers.

According to a report from The Korean Herald, the Galaxy S8+ version, which measures 6.2 inches, will likely outsell its smaller brother, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8. The analysis was based on a report from Taiwan-based Yuanta Securities released last April 24.

The Yuanta report projected the annual sales of the two Galaxy S8 models to reach 50.4 million units, with the Galaxy S8+ taking 53.9 percent or an equivalent of 27.1 million units. Moreover, sales of larger-screened smartphones are expected to rise, according to the report, citing the growing public demand for bigger screens that offer better gaming and viewing experiences when playing mobile games or watching video content via smartphones, respectively.

Apart from the larger screen offered by the Galaxy S8+, the Yuanta report also noted other factors that will tip the tide toward the larger Galaxy S8 version. The S8+, particularly in South Korea and China, is available at 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, while the S8 only offers 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, making the former the much more appealing choice. The Galaxy S8+ offering more storage becomes the device's big edge when the smartphone is hooked to the DeX device that practically turns the mobile handsets into a PC.

In addition, the report also noted how the previous models of Samsung flagship smartphones fared in the past. The Edge version of both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 posted better numbers in terms of sales, taking 51.3 percent and 51.9 percent of the total number of units sold, respectively.

Aside from the display sizes, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also differ in weight and dimensions, as well as battery capacity, with the former offering 3000mAh against the latter's more powerful 3500mAh.