Update (5th May 2017 / 3.23PM): Both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are now up for grabs in India
Samsung just took the wraps off this year’s most-awaited flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S8 and S8+, in India. The Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,990 whereas the Galaxy S8+ is priced at Rs 64,990. Both the phones will go on sale across online and offline channels starting May 5th. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were first introduced at the company’s Unpacked event held in New York last month (Also see: Top announcements from March 29th Samsung Unpacked event).
Starting with the display, both the phones have some extra real estate by reducing the size of bezels at both top and bottom. As a result, you get an ample amount of display (Samsung calls it “Infinity Display”) in a comparatively smaller form factor.
Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen respectively, featuring 2960 x 1440 Quad HD resolution. Both of them also come with a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 up front.
Interestingly, a home button is now embedded underneath the display with some haptic feedback whereas the fingerprint scanner is moved to the back next to the camera. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ house a 12-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera.
Inside are a 10nm octa-core Samsung Exynos processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal memory. The storage is further expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card support.
For security, Samsung now offers Iris scanner and facial recognition in addition to several other standard features like a fingerprint scanner, pattern lock, and password. Both the devices are IP68 rated dust and water resistant and have Android Nougat operating system out of the box.
The Galaxy S8 packs a 3000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S8+ packs a 3500mAh battery.
Both the phones also have a separate dedicated button to trigger Bixby — Samsung’s response to Google Assistant and Apple Siri. It’s a whole new ecosystem that will connect across different devices, services, and apps.
Bixby’s exact working remains to be seen over the course of the next few months. What’s clear, however, is that that it’s based on the principle of natural language processing similar to Amazon Alexa. Both the phones will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colours in India.