Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus launched in India, Prices start at Rs.57,900

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Less than a month after its international announcement, Samsung earlier today officially launched its newest flagship Android smartphones – the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+ in India. Both the new Samsung flagships will be sold exclusively via Flipkart and you can pre-order the phones starting 3 p.m. today. Actual sales of both the phones will start from May 5. India gets the dual SIM version of both these models.

The launch comes just a few days after it was reported that both the handsets received over 720,000 pre-orders in its home market of Korea. The reception to both the phones has been extremely favourable from both experts and the general public alike with most people excited about the new design – especially the huge end to end display.

Samsung Galaxy S8

In case you haven’t read our launch story where we had detailed the spec sheet of both the handsets, here is a brief lowdown of the same. In India, both the S8 versions would be sold with Samsung’s in-house Exynos SoC’s.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ features a large 6.2-inch “infinity” display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. The S8, on the other hand, gets a smaller, 5.8-inch display with the same resolution. Both the handsets do not have bezels on the sides. Thanks to the high screen-to-body ratio on both the devices, Samsung has managed to pack in larger displays while maintaining a relatively compact frame.

Samsung Galaxy S8

As for hardware, both the handsets feature Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 SoC’s in India as opposed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC on some international versions. Both phones get 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM – expandable to 200GB. The devices also get a 12MP dual pixel, rear camera, and an 8MP front camera. The S8 gets by with a 3,000 mAh battery while the larger sibling gets a 3,500 mAh battery. Samsung has also brought the much sought after water resistance feature on the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. One major change in the new phones is the removal of the fingerprint scanner from the home button at the front – to the back panel. There is also an iris scanner thrown in for added security. Both the handsets run the latest version of Android at launch and come with Samsung’s own Bixby virtual assistant. In fact, Bixby also gets a dedicated button for itself.

As for the price tag for both these devices, this is what it looks like:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: Rs.57,900
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+: Rs.64,900

Those who preorder the device will get a free wireless charger that supports fast charging. Samsung has also tied up with Jio and all S8 and S8+ users get a double data offer from the operator. The phone will be sold online via Flipkart. It would also be available for offline purchase via Samsung’s official retail partners.