Samsung hopes to see the success it has much waited for with its recently released flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and S8+. And by the looks of it, the initial response seems to be pretty strong. Anticipating the strong demand, Samsung had already doubled the initial supply of Galaxy S8 and S8+ as compared to last year’s flagship products Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. This should keep Samsung going strong at least during initial phase. But recent reports have emerged suggesting future troubles for Galaxy S8 production.
This news comes despite the assurance provided by Samsung’s mobile communications business president DJ Koh for smooth and continuous supply of Galaxy S8. In his words, there would ‘no issue of supply delay’ in case of Galaxy S8. But as per unnamed sources cited by The Bell, Galaxy S8 production might run into trouble owing to manufacturing issues with its camera modules.
Patron, the camera supplier for the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8, is facing difficulties in churning out enough front camera modules for S8. The reason behind this being the combination of two camera modules in the front — one for the iris scanner and the other for the selfie camera. Therefore, the front camera module has to combine two aspects in it, that of being a scanner as well as a camera.
Thus, even a company like Patron is able to yield less than 70% production, which means more than 30 products out of 100 produced turns out faulty, leaving only 70 useful. At this rate, the production of Galaxy S8 will suffer and so will its supply. To sustain the continuous supply of the Galaxy flagship phone, Patron needs to increase the rate to at least 80%.
However, this issue does not arise in the case of Galaxy S8+ which uses separate camera modules for the iris scanner and front camera. Power Logics is the front cam supplier for the Galaxy S8+ whose current production yield is at a satisfactory 90% level.
via Phone Arena