Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ India launch is set for Wednesday, where the company will unveil the flagship smartphones in the country. Details such as Galaxy S8 price in India and release date aren't known as of yet, but all will be revealed at the event. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for the details.
The South Korean giant has scheduled an the Galaxy S8 launch event in New Delhi at 12pm IST. To watch the live stream of Galaxy S8 launch event, you can head to the Samsung India website.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were launched late last month. The Galaxy S8 India variant will be powered by the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC; the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC variants will only be available in select regions including the US. This should not be a deal-breaker for potential buyers in India, as the two SoCs were recently spotted to have comparable performance - in fact, the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC beat the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in some benchmarks.
Gadgets 360 has exclusively learned that Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India will be Rs. 62,600; this is the MRP (Maximum Retail Price), while the dealer price will be Rs. 56,900. The bigger Galaxy S8+ price in India will be Rs. 69,000 (MRP), and the dealer price is Rs. 63,900. The two smartphones will release in the country on May 5 in dual-SIM variants.
While Galaxy S8 pre-orders in India have not yet started yet, Gadgets 360 has learnt that Samsung will start the pre-bookings for the two smartphones today. The company on April 5 had started a Galaxy S8 pre-registration page, where users could sign up to receive notifications regarding the smartphone ahead of launch. Flipkart earlier this week started teasing the availability of the two Samsung flagships on its platform. Globally, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pre-orders have reportedly crossed 1 million units in its home country within 10 days.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are identical smartphones, with the only difference being dimensions, battery capacity, and screen size of what the company calls the Infinity Display - featuring dual-edge curved display, minimal bezels on the top and bottom, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The displays are certified by the UHD Alliance as Mobile HDR Premium.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 6.2-inch QHD+ (1440x2960 pixels) Super AMOLED display. Both bear Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
As we mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will come in two variants powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad) and the Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad). Both the handsets pack 4GB of RAM and come with 64GB inbuilt storage while also supporting expandable storage via microSD card (up to 256GB).
Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones sport 12-megapixel 'Dual Pixel' rear cameras with optical image stabilisation and an f/1.7 aperture, while there are 8-megapixel front cameras with autofocus on board as well, also featuring an f/1.7 aperture.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ include 4G LTE (Cat. 16), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C, NFC, and GPS. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. They both support Samsung Pay, with NFC and MST connectivity.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ support wireless charging as well as fast charging. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ pack 3000mAh and 3500mAh batteries respectively. The Galaxy S8 measures 148.9x68.1x8mm and weighs 155 grams. The Galaxy S8+ measures 159.5x73.4x8.1mm and weighs 173 grams.
We also discussed whether the Galaxy S8's pricing gives it an edge over iPhone 7 and Google Pixel in India on our podcast, so be sure to check that out as well in this week's episode of Orbital, our technology podcast. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or RSS, or just hit the play button below.