Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ launched in India, here's everything you need to know

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Samsung's latest flagship smartphones are finally here. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are a revolutionary step ahead of the crop of evolutionary upgrades. Starting with the almost bezel-less infinity display with curved edges and round corners, to the sleek design, the Galaxy S8 stands out of the crowd.

Packed with the latest Exynos octa-core processor built on a 10nm process for better efficiency and performance, the S8 duo provide great performance while sipping less battery juice.

There are a lot of neat additions like the Iris Scanner which is now faster than before and the new front-facing 8MP camera with autofocus capabilities.

8 Things that are new on the Galaxy S8

The rear camera too features new optics but retaining similar specs as the excellent camera on the Galaxy S7 including dual pixel auto focus. But it's all about the display here, the infinity display, as Samsung likes to call it, provides a much larger landscape for content which is especially useful when you are working with two apps simultaneously.

The extra real-estate on 18.5:9 aspect ratio display does make the phone taller, but given the smaller bezels, Samsung has been able to include a very large display in a relatively small frame. Simply put, whether you are browsing a website, your social media feed, watching a video, you get a lot more space to work with and the content looks more immersive.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Key Specifications

  • 5.8-inch (S8), 6.2-inch (S8+), 2960x1140 Pixels, QHD+, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 Octa-Core Processor 
  • Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB Storage (UFS 2.1), Expandable with microSD
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 12MP Dual Pixel Rear camera, f/1.7 Aperture, OIS, 1.4µm Pixel Size, 4K Recording
  • 8MP Auto Focus Front Camera, f/1.7 Aperture, 1.22µm Pixel Size, 80-degree Wide-angle Lens
  • Iris Scanner, Water and Dust-resistant (IP68), Hybrid Dual-SIM, Ultra High-quality Audio Playback, 32-bit Audio
  • 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST, FM Radio
  • 3000mAh Battery (S8), 3500 mAh Battery (S8+), Fast Charging for both Wired and Wireless

If we talk about sensors, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ come with all that you would need on a phone:

  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Gyro Sensor
  • Geomagnetic Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Heart Rate Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • RGB Light Sensor

Comparison - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S8+

Samsung is also introducing its Bixby assistant with the new phones. Although at launch we won't have the voice control features and it's currently limited to offering contextual cards. But from what Samsung has shown at its demo, Bixby does have a lot of control over core system components and apps, which can make controlling your phone with just voice easier.

The company also introduced a new Gear VR which is more ergonomic and also comes with a separate touch-enabled controller for hands-free operation. The DeX dock is another neat addition which brings a desktop-like experience to the Galaxy S8. Just dock your phone in and connect a screen as well as keyboard/mouse and you are given a desktop like Android experience with windows, and multitasking.

Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been priced at Rs. 57900 in India while the Galaxy S8 Plus will be going for Rs. 64900. Both phones will be available online exclusively on Flipkart, while offline you can buy them through Samsung stores as well as other retailers starting May 5th. Pre-bookings start today and you will get the new Samsung wireless fast charger with the phone when it starts shipping.