Leading smartphone-maker Samsung on Thursday launched the new Galaxy S8+ model with higher RAM and storage capacity in India.
The company had originally launched Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in its home market South Korea in May. Now, it will be made available in India from June 2 onwards for Rs. 74,900 on Samsung Shop and Flipkart. As an introductory offer, all the customers will be eligible to get a free Wireless Charger. It will be made available in brick-and-mortar stores across India from June 9 onwards.
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Apart from higher RAM and storage capacity, the rest of the specifications of the device remain the same as seen in the original Galaxy S8+.
Galaxy S8 + sports a 6.2-inch QHD (2560x1440p) super AMOLED display. It comes with an all new new design language boasting super AMOLED-based Infinity display, a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen having WQHD+ (2960x1440p) resolution. With extended display, Samsung has incorporated virtual home button right on the screen.
Another key design change includes translocation of physical finger print sensor (seen in Galaxy S7 series) to the back of the device, right beside the camera module.
It also comes with IP68 water-and-dust certifications, and so it can survive five feet under water for close to 30 minutes. Device owners can take it for a dip in the swimming pool and also take photos and take calls.
The most notable aspect of the Galaxy S8 series is the Bixby digital assistant. It is capable of supporting almost every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional touch gesture command.
In the front display panel, the company has incorporated an 8MP snapper with f/1.7 aperture, wide FoV (Field of View) lens, and Iris scanner with face recognition technology.
At the rear, Galaxy S8 series houses 12MP dual-pixel camera with f/1.7 aperture at the top centre, a LED flash to the left side, fingerprint scanner to the right and a heart-rate sensor below.
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It is powered by a 10nanometer class octa-core processor with Android Nougat OS. Depending on the region of sale, Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in two sub-variants based on CPUs. The new phones heading to the US, and some select markets will have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 octa-core System-on-Chip (SoC). On the other hand, the ones sold in Europe, India and the rest of the regions will have Samsung's own Exynos 9985 series processor.
The new Galaxy S8 also boasts Samsung DeX feature. Users, with the help of the display dock, can convert the phone into a mini-computer via DeX. It will offer new adaptive user experience on a big screen with optimised look and behaviour of apps as per usage preferences of the customer to provide a PC-like experience.
"The resounding success of the recently launched Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ underscores the unmatched superiority of Samsung in the premium smartphone segment. The new Galaxy S8+ variant with its best in class 6GB RAM & 128GB internal memory, will give our consumers the freedom to do infinitely more. It is the ultimate device for power users who aspire to explore new possibilities, are always on top of their game and for whom multi-tasking is a way of life," Asim Warsi, senior vice president, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.
Watch this space for latest news on Samsung Galaxy S8 series.
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8+:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|Display||6.2-inch WQHD+ (2960x1440p) super AMOLED-based infinity display (a bezel-less, full-frontal, edge-to-edge screen)
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat with Samsung Bixby digital assistant|
|RAM||4GB LPDDR4/6GB LPDDR4|
|Camera||Main: 12MP camera with dual-pixel autofocus, OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), laser autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, 4K video recordingFront :8MP camera with autofocus, 4K video recording, wide FoV (Field of View) lens|
|Battery||3,500mAh with fast and wireless charging ability|
|Add-ons||Iris scanner with Face recognition technology, fingerprint sensor, Single/Dual-SIM (based on region of sale), Bluetooth 4.2 (with apt-X & LE), Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n/ac; dual-band: 2.4GHz & 5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, NFC (Near Field Communication), heart rate sensor, Type C USB port, MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology.|
|Glass-based cases (colours)||Midnight Black, Orchid Blue, Maple Gold, Orchid Gray, and Arctic Silver|
|Dimensions||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm|