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Samsung Galaxy S8 India launch scheduled on April 19, price around Rs 57,000

Samsung is expected to launch its Indian version of the Galaxy S8, S8+ with Exynos processor on April 19 and the phones are expected to go on sale around April 21 in line with the global release date.

tech Updated: Apr 17, 2017 13:08 IST
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Samsung is expected to launch its India edition of the Galaxy S8 on April 19.
Samsung is expected to launch its India edition of the Galaxy S8 on April 19.(Samsung)

Samsung is expected to launch the Indian editions of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones on April 19 -- three weeks after the global launch.

According to the company, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will retail for a price of $720 which is approximately Rs 46,000. However, the India edition of the device which will come with an Exynos processor may retail somewhere between Rs 46,000 to Rs 50,000.

The larger-screened Samsung Galaxy S8+ will set you ack for $840 in the US which is around Rs 54,000. This means the Exynos-fitted Indian edition will range somewhere between Rs 55,000 to Rs 60,000.

This makes both the phones much cheaper than the recently released Google Pixel and the Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus. Additionally, the phone comes with its Bixby assistant and Bluetooth 5 and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Samsung S8 Specifications
  • Size: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
  • Weight: 155 grammes
  • Water/dust resistance: IP68
  • Display: 5.8-inch QuadHD display (2960 x 1440 pixels resolution) with 570 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Storage: 64 GB internal storage with microSD card support to 256GB
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Exynos processor in international editions
  • Camera: 12-megapixel dual pixel camera with LED Flash, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh battery with adaptive fast charging
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, USB-C, GPS, 4G and VoLTE support

In terms of specifications, the smaller 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 will come with a QuadHD Infinity display with 570 pixels per inch (ppi) along with 4GB RAM. The S8 will have an internal memory of 64GB with microSD support upto 256GB. The phone, which will draw power from a 3,000 mAh battery, will run on Android Nougat. In terms of optics, the S8 will sport a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 8-megapixel front shooter.

The photograph shows the series of Samsung Galaxy S8 colour variants. (Samsung)

The larger 6.2-inch S8+ will come with an OLED display with 529 ppi support. The S8+ will come with a higher battery capacity of 3,500 mAh due to the bigger display. Other features of the S8+ are same as the S8.

Samsung S8+ specifications
  • Size: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 173 grammes
  • Water/dust resistance: IP68
  • Display: 6.2-inch QuadHD display (2960 x 1440 pixels resolution) with 529 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Storage: 64 GB internal storage with microSD card support to 256GB
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Exynos processor in international editions
  • Camera: 12-megapixel dual pixel camera with LED Flash, 8-megapixel front camera
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh battery with adaptive fast charging
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, USB-C, GPS, 4G and VoLTE support

Both the phones, which are IP68 (dust and water resistant) will come with USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC and MST for Samsung Pay, wireless charging, fingerprint sensor, LTE Cat.16, Bluetooth 5.0 that supports streaming to two devices and Wi-Fi.

Additionally, both the phones will come with digital assistant Bixby that will help the user in interacting with the device. According to Samsung, Bixby also shows contextual info. This means it learns about app usages and throws back info in the form of cards. It simply adapts to the user based on usage, time and date. It also has a basic reminders tool that lets you set geo-location alerts. Bixby is also compatible with Google Play Music.

The photograph lists out the difference in specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Samsung has designed a button on the side of the S8 that’s entirely dedicated to launching Bixby. The S8 and S8+’s camera is enhanced with Bixby for visual search. This means that it can search for similar images, identify landmarks, and of course let users buy things from Amazon.

The photo shows Smasung’s new digital assistant Bixby in action. (Samsung)

Other striking features of the phone is the iris scanner and face recognition just like Windows Hello. An user can unlock the phone using iris scans. Samsung also has upgraded a few services like Samsung Health to woo the user to the ecosystem. Users can now directly connect with a doctor to get diagnosis and prescriptions without having to leave your house via video calls.

The company is also expected to launch DeX -- a new productivity tool like Windows Continuum that it showcased during the global release. DeX is a dock that allows the user to turn the phone into a PC with the help of a keyboard, screen and mouse.