The best phone Samsung has ever made is the Galaxy S8, and it was unveiled on March 29 at an Unpacked event in New York. It didn’t take much long for Samsung to bring it to the Indian shores and the company has launched the phone in India today, i.e., April 19 at an event. As a matter of fact, since its launch on March 29 Galaxy S8 pre-orders have hit the 1 million unit mark globally.
The Galaxy S8 has been priced at Rs.57,900, and the larger S8 Plus will retail for Rs.64,900. They are available through Flipkart, Samsung E-shop, and select offline stores. The pre-booking via Samsung E-shop has already begun, and you have to wait until 3 PM IST today to pre-order through Flipkart, and pre-booking offer includes a free wireless charger
The S8 will be available in Maple Gold, and Midnight Black while the S8 Plus comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Maple Gold. They will be available starting from May 5, and only dual-SIM variants will be available in India.
The radical new design brings a bezel-less display, and also the display comes with rounded corners to increase the screen real estate.The physical home button is removed, and a pressure sensitive on-screen button is placed at the bottom. Also, the fingerprint sensor is placed next to the camera module on the rear.
The Galaxy S8 comes in two versions: a 5.7-inch regular S8 and a 6.2-incher called as S8 Plus. Both the displays will offer a 2K resolution, and unlike the S7 series, both the variants will have an edge-to-edge curved screen.
Samsung’s new flagship will offer some top-of-the-line specifications, among all Snapdragon 835 chipset is a notable one. However, the Indian variants will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset. The variants with Exynos chipset outperformed those with Snapdragon 835 SoC in benchmark tests, though.
S8 Plus sports a 12-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GBof RAM, an iris scanner, 64GB internal storage which can be expanded through a microSD card. The regular S8 will also share the same specifications. Other notable features include iris scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, dedicated hardware button for Bixby, etc.
Both the variants will boot Samsung-skinned Android Nougat 7.1.1 out-of-the-box. Besides, the handsets will be delivered with a baked-in virtual assistant coined as “Bixby” by Samsung. Samsung developed its own assistant to go head-on-head with Apple’s Siri and Google’s Voice Assistant.