Samsung India has launched today its flagship phones Galaxy S8 at Rs. 57,900 and Galaxy S8 Plus in India which will go on sale starting May 5, 2017 across select retail stores. These phones will be available online exclusively on Samsung Shop and Flipkart. These phones can be pre-booked from today onwards on Flipkart also to avail a free Convertible Wireless Charger. The Galaxy S8 will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold, while the Galaxy S8+ will also get the Coral Blue variant.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus come with host of new features such as Bixby Intelligent Interface, Infinity Display, software buttons and multiple services and apps. These phones have bezel-less design to give you 18% more screen and form a smooth, continuous surface with no buttons or harsh angles which makes multi-tasking more convenient. The physical home key on the front has given way to a more intuitive soft key with a pressure sensor that is embedded under the display.
With Bixby, users can navigate through services and apps with simple voice, touch and text commands. Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings. Contextual awareness capabilities enable Bixby to offer personalized help based on what it continues to learn about the user’s interests, situation and location.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also incorporate Samsung Knox, a defense-grade security platform. These phone have fingerprint scanner on the back and also iris scanner and facial recognition so users can select a secure biometric authentication method.
Both the phone will be supplied with standard accessory of high-performance earphones tuned by AKG by Harman. These earphones have a comfortable hybrid canal fit for better noise cancellation and is made from anti-tangle metal-fabric material.
Samsung has also introduced the Samsung DeX dock which transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also connect to the new Gear 360 to create 4K 360-degree videos and 15MP photos. The new Gear VR comes with Controller, powered by Oculus.
These phones are integrated with Samsung Pay, Samsung’s mobile payment service which was launched in India recently. Samsung Pay now works with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank.
In terms of hardware specifications, the S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels,570ppi) Super AMOLED with Infinity display and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The S8+ flaunts 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels,529ppi, ) Super AMOLED Infinity display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. These phones are powered by Octa-Core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. These phones have 4GB LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB storage extendable to 256GB.
The S8 is packed with 3000mAh battery whereas the S8+ with 3500mAh battery. Both the phones come with fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging dock compatible with WPC and PMA. These phones run on Android 7.0 (Nougat). Both the phones are IP68 water and dust resistant.
For connectivity, these phones offer options of Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz),
Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), USB Type-C, NFC,GPS, Glonass etc.
On the camera front, these phones are mounted with 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, OIS. They also house 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1/3.6? sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size and 80-degree wide-angle lens.
Users of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will also 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.