Samsung is set to launch the flagship Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India at an event in New Delhi today. The Galaxy S8 and the S8+, which go on sale globally from February 21, will be available in India in both online stores and offline shops. It is expected that from today the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy S8 will be available for pre-ordering in India, including at Flipkart.
The price of the phones will start Rs 57,900. This will be for the Galaxy S8, although the market price could be lower. The price of the Galaxy S8+ starts at Rs 64,900 although the dealers.
Update: The Galaxy S8and Galaxy S8+have been launched in India. The phones will also come with double the data offer from Jio and pre-orders will possibly get a gift.
Although for now the price of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India has not been revealed, there is every chance that the phones will cost more than Rs 50,000. This will mark a slight increase in the prices of the phones compared to the price at which the Galaxy S7 debuted in India last year. According to leaks at TechPP, a tech news site, the price is expected to be Rs 54,000 for the Galaxy S8 and Rs 62,000 for the Galaxy S8+.
It is expected that along with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, Samsung will also launch a number of accessories for the phones, including the DeX, a dock that turns the phone into an almost full-fledged computer when connected to a monitor. The company will livestream the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus event on its official YouTube page.
In India the Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will hit the market. Not that it makes much of a difference. Both the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 use the 10nm manufacturing technology and both offer comparable performance. In fact, theoretically, as the benchmarks show, the Exynos is slightly faster.
Another difference between the global and Indian variants of the top Galaxy phones is the Bixby. Although it comes loaded on these phones, it will only support the US English and Korean and hence will not be voice activated on the Indian Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+.
Other than the Exynos processor, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India will come with top notch hardware. The phones pack in large screens in a relatively small frame because of the screens are curved. They also sport the same metal and glass design that made the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Plus arguably the best looking phones in the market.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch curved screen. This screen uses AMOLED panels and has been dubbed one of the best by DisplayMate, an independent agency that measures the quality of display panels. Samsung also calls the display in the Galaxy S8 -- s well as the one in the Galaxy S8+ -- infinity display. The screen due to its curved sides looks as if it is melting into the metal frame and that gives the user an impression that it is an edge-less display. The phone, in its base variant, will have 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and number of sensors including the heart rate sensor and the fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the back cover near the camera.
Talking of the camera, the Galaxy S8 comes with one 12-megapixel camera on the rear. This camera uses Sony-made IMX 333 image sensor and it has been paired with a sharp and bright F1.7 lens. On the front there is an 8-megapixel shooter.
The Galaxy S8 also has features like the waterproof design and unlike the iPhone 7, retains its 3.5mmm jack.
The Galaxy S8+ has exactly the same hardware that is inside the Galaxy S8 but with a bigger screen. This phone has a 6.2-inch screen. However, the interesting bit to note here is that even though the galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ come with very large screens, they are not bigger than the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Plus in any significant way.
The two phones -- Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- also come with Android 7 aka Nougat, which has been modified by Samsung with its custom user interface. The customisation allows Samsung to offer a few extra software features like the Edge, which uses the curved portion of the screen, as well as Bixby, which is Samsung's own artificial intelligent virtual assistant similar to Google Assistant and Apple's Siri.
For Samsung, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are very important launches. These are company's first flagship phones in India after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy Note 7, although announced in India, didn't go on sale in the country after reports of its battery catching fire came in from across the globe. Although Samsung initially hinted that the problem was only with a few units, with a number of incidents reported related to the Note 7 fire, the company finally recalled the phone and killed it.
However, for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ the company has said that it has done its due diligence. After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung said that it had changed the way it was stress testing the phones and their batteries. This is also the reason why the company highlighted the safety aspects of the new Galaxy phones while globally unveiling them on March 29.
"The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world," said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, at Samsung. "The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what's possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung's smartphone legacy."