Samsung has finally launched the 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 series smartphones in India today. The company had launched these smartphones at an event in New York on March 29.
Notably, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the first big launches after the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge from last year March. Unfortunately for Samsung or we say fortunately for Indian consumers, the Galaxy Note 7 was launched in many countries but it never made available in India after the fire fiasco.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in India will pack company’s own octa-core Exynos 9 (Exynos 8895) chipset and not Snapdragon 835. Samsung’s SoC is also based on 10nm FinFET technology just like Qualcomm’s 835 chip. Both phones come in one variant and that is 4GB RAM & 64GB internal storage.
The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch dual-curved edge display while the larger variant S8+ boasts of a 6.2-inch dual-curved 2K screen. Both have Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’ with 18:9 aspect ratio and 1440×2960 pixels resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Most other internal hardware specifications are same in both smartphones, except that the bigger variant Galaxy S8+ has a larger battery. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh non-removable batteries respectively.
Both Samsung Galaxy S8 series smartphones feature same 12-megapixel ‘Dual Pixel’ rear camera with LED Flash with OIS and f/1.7 aperture, whereas the front accommodates an 8-megapixel auto focus camera with f/1.7 aperture and 80-degree wide-angle lens.
Pricing and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs. 57,900, while the Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes at Rs. 64,900. Both Samsung phones will be made available from May 5. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be Flipkart exclusive and pre-order for the smartphones will start from 3 pm today on the e-retail site.
Samsung is offering a free wireless charger with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ for the users who pre-order these smartphones. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users will get a Double Data offer on the Jio network. On a monthly recharge of INR 309 users will enjoy 448 GB of 4G data over 8 months.
Samsung has also launched Samsung Dex that allows the Galaxy S8 and the S8+ to be turned into a PC using a mouse, keyboard, and screen. The Dex dock station is priced at Rs. 8,999 in India.