Samsung Electronics today launched its flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India. The smartphones redefine the future of style and consumer experience with a stunning bezel-less dual-edge Infinity Display that provides a truly cinematic viewing experience. They also come with Samsung Pay, the mobile payment service with defense-grade security, the best low-light camera and a personal assistant, Bixby.
Both the devices differentiate in screen size and battery capacities, that is, 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches with extra-tall 18.5:9 aspect ratio displays. That battery difference is pretty marginal: 3500mAh for the Galaxy S8+ and 3000mAh for the standard Galaxy S8.
Both Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ come with – Infinity Display, Bixby, Iris Scanner, Wireless Charging+ have a Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display. They both are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 depending on the region, comes with 4GB RAM & 64GB onboard storage with micoSD card expansion. Both the device runs on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI out of the box.
The displays have a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio with a QHD+ resolution, meaning they’re extra tall while staying relatively narrow. Samsung has also moved to on-screen buttons and reduced bezel size dramatically in order to fit as much screen into the body as possible. Hence the fingerprint scanner is shifted next to the camera lens. Iris scanning makes its return in a new-and-improved version from the Note 7 to hopefully pick up the slack.
Bixby: A New Way to Interact with Your Phone
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ aim to overcome this challenge with Bixby, Samsung’s new intelligent interface that makes interacting with one’s device, services and apps more instinctive and seamless.
Bixby was created to provide a more personalized experience to enhance the way people interact with their phones and the world around them. Bixby is not an ordinary voice assistant, but rather an intuitive and comprehensive interface that leverages contextual awareness to learn users’ habits and respond accordingly. Bixby offers four main features: Voice, Vision, Reminder and Home.
Mr. HC Hong, President, and CEO, Samsung Southwest Asia, said,
“With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung is unboxing smartphones that transcend the boundaries of meaningful innovations. Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ extend our trust, our heritage of great innovation and stunning design and our ‘Make for India’ promise.”
Mr. Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India said,
“The stunning Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with new design innovations alongside cutting-edge technology that includes a revolutionary camera, the industry’s first 10nm processor, Bixby and robust Phone+ offerings. These devices will offer our consumers a gateway to a new mobile life where the power of innovation will carry them beyond barriers.”
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ Pricing & Availability
Samsung Galaxy S8 will be offered in a rich color palette including Midnight Black and Maple Gold, while the Galaxy S8+ will also get the Coral Blue variant. New high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman, offering uncompromised audio for unbeatable sound quality, will come as an in-box accessory.
Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be offered to consumers at a price of INR 57,900 and INR 64,900, respectively. The flagship smartphones will be available in India starting May 5, 2017, in select retail stores. They will be available online exclusively on Samsung Shop and Flipkart.
Consumers can pre-book the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ from April 19 onwards to avail the special Pre-book Offer of a free Convertible Wireless Charger.
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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. With this Double Data offer, Samsung Galaxy S8 users can experience a truly unconstrained Digital Life on Jio’s world-class all-IP data strong only-4G network.
Samsung Pay now works with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus Specifications
|Parameters||Samsung Galaxy S8||Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus|
|Display||5.8-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display at 570ppi||6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) curved Super AMOLED pressure sensitive display at 529ppi|
|Camera||Rear – 12MP Dual Pixel camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture|
Front- 8MP, f/1.7 aperture
|Rear – 12MP Dual Pixel camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture|
Front- 8MP, f/1.7 aperture
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895|
|CPU||Octa-Core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad)||Octa-Core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad)|
|GPU||Adreno 540 / Mali-G71 MP20||Adreno 540 / Mali-G71 MP20|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4||4 GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||64 GB, expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB||64 GB, expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB|
|Features||Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer, IP68 ratings water and dust resistance, 4G VoLTE, NFC, Samsung Pay||Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer, IP68 ratings water and dust resistance, 4G VoLTE, NFC, Samsung Pay|
|Dimensions||148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm, Weight- 155g||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm, Weight- 173g|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI|
|Battery||3000mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging||3500mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging|
|Color||Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver||Black Sky, Orchid Grey, and Arctic Silver|
|Price||$750 (Rs. 57,900)||$850 (Rs. 64,900)|