Today the latest flagships from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ has been officially launched in India at a press conference in Delhi. The first major difference between the Indian variant and the US variant is that the Indian variants of both the phones come with the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which is being used in the US variants.
At the event, the company talked mostly about the Infinity display, camera, battery life and a few other key features that are aimed towards the power users. The latest flgaships from Samsung are quite similar to the Note 7 in some aspects, but with a greater body to display ratio, bezel-less display and without an S-Pen. However, there are some major differences in terms of processor and a few other aspects. There is nothing new in terms of camera, though the software is now more optimized. Now, with the official launch in India, the pricings are here. The Galaxy S8 is priced at 57,900 INR and the larger variant, the Galaxy S8+ is priced at 64,900 INR. So, these are not the cheap ones in the market, but sure they offer value for money if you need top notch hardware, great build, and design.
Now, in terms of processor and RAM, both the phones are powered by an Exynos 8895 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM. 64GB of internal storage is provided which can be expanded by using a micup to upto 256GB. However, the display is the USP for both. The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8 inches sAMOLED display on the front and the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2 inches sAMOLED display. Due to lack of bezels, the resolution is at 1440 x 2960.
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.”
In terms of camera, there is nothing new. Samsung didn’t even go a dual camera setup on the back. Both the devices have a 12 MP rear camera with a f/1.7 aperture. There is an 8MP front-facing camera, with the same f/1.7 aperture. After the Note 7 disaster, Samsung has decided to go safely. The Galaxy S8 packs a 3,000 mAh battery and the S8+ packs a 3,500 mAh battery. Both the devices are IP69 certified so that users don’t need to worry about dust and water. Both the phones come with an Iris scanner. They run the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, out of the box with Samsung Experience UI on top, umm yes they just renamed TouchWiz to Samsung Experience. And there is your very own virtual assistant- Bixby which is quite similar to Google Assistant but is exclusive to Samsung, there is also a dedicated Bixby button for quick access.
Today, Samsung also launched the new Gear VR and a new Gear 360 camera. The phones will be will be available exclusively via Flipkart & Samsung outlets starting 5th May. However, you can pre-order right now as the pre-orders have started from today and you will be eligible to get a free wireless charger.