Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ now available for purchase in India

Samsung launched its newest flagship smartphones — Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — in India last month. Both handsets have now gone on sale. It’s worth noting that the units pre-ordered by customers already started shipping earlier this week.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are priced at Rs 57,900 (MOP) and Rs 64,900 (MOP) respectively. The smartphones can be purchased from third-party offline retailers, Samsung’s E-store and Flipkart.
The duo also comes with a Reliance Jio offer, wherein customers can get 28GB+28GB data for 8 months at Rs 309 each. The two smartphones include AKG earphones in the box.
Those who want to buy Samsung’s DeX docking station can do so by shelling out Rs 8,999. The new wireless charger has to be purchased separately as well, and costs Rs 4,499. Both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have dual-SIM support and come in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colour variants. The Galaxy S8+ is additionally available in Coral Blue colour.
The highlight of the two smartphones is the company’s own digital assistant — Bixby. Samsung claims that the assistant can do much more than its rivals, including being able to handle any smartphone-related task that can be managed by touch. One of Bixby’s features — Bixby Voice — is yet to roll out to all users.
Running Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, Samsung Galaxy S8 has an edge-to-edge curved ‘Infinity display’ with QHD+ (2960×1440 pixels) resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Exynos 8895 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The bigger Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch ‘Infinity Display’ with QHD+ (2960×1440 pixels) resolution. Apart from the bigger 3,500mAh battery (as opposed to the S8’s 3,000mAh unit), both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have identical hardware specifications.
For imaging duties, the duo has a 12MP dual-pixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS. There is also an 8MP autofocus front camera with f/1.7 aperture. Some of the connectivity features included are Wi-Fi, NFC, USB Type-C, GPS and Bluetooth 5.0.
Having dust and water resistance, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have pressure-sensitive Home buttons built right into the their displays. The fingerprint sensor is at the back, next to the primary camera. There’s also an iris scanner with facial recognition functionality. Needless to say, the duo also support the Samsung Pay digital payment platform.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 PLUS SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY

performance

Octa core

display

6.2″ (15.75 cm)

storage

64 GB

camera

12 MP

battery

3500 mAh

ram

4 GB


SPECIAL FEATURES

heart rate monitor

Yes

iris scanner

Yes

other sensors

Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope

fingerprint sensor

Yes


GENERAL

quick charging

Yes

operating system

Android v7.0 (Nougat)

sim slots

Dual SIM, GSM+GSM

model

Galaxy S8 Plus

launch date

May 5, 2017 (Expected)

brand

Samsung

sim size

SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)

network

4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available

fingerprint sensor

Yes


MULTIMEDIA

loudspeaker

Yes

fm radio

No

audio jack

3.5 mm


PERFORMANCE

chipset

Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895

graphics

Mali-G71 MP20

processor

Octa core (2.3 GHz, Quad core, M2 Mongoose + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)

architecture

64 bit

ram

4 GB


DESIGN

build material

Case: MetalBack: Metal

thickness

8.1 mm

width

73.4 mm

weight

173 grams

waterproof

Yes Water resistant (up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meter), IP68

ruggedness

Dust proof

height

159.5 mm

colours

Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver, Maple Gold


DISPLAY

display type

Super AMOLED

screen to body ratio

83.7 %

pixel density

531 ppi

screen protection

Corning Gorilla Glass v5

screen size

6.2 inches (15.75 cm)

screen resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels

touch screen

Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch


STORAGE

internal memory

64 GB

expandable memory

Yes Up to 256 GB


CAMERA

settings

Exposure compensation, ISO control

aperture

1.7 F

camera features

Wide Angle Selfie

image resolution

4000 x 3000 Pixels

sensor

Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor

autofocus

Yes

shooting modes

Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)

resolution

8 MP Front Camera

optical image stabilisation

Yes

flash

No

video recording

1920×1080 @ 30 fps


BATTERY

user replaceable

No

talktime

Up to 24 Hours(3G)

quick charging

Yes Fast

wireless charging

Yes

type

Li-ion

capacity

3500 mAh


NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

wifi

Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz

wifi features

Mobile Hotspot

bluetooth

Yes v5.0

usb typec

Yes (Doesn’t support micro-USB)

nfc

Yes

network support

4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G

gps

Yes with A-GPS, Glonass

sim 1

4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s ? 1024 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 16)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

sim size

SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)

sim 2

4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s ? 1024 Mbit/s ? (LTE category 16) 3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ? GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

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