UPDATE: Samsung India has sent out official invites to the media for the launch of its flagship Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone in the country. We have updated the copy to include the media invite.
It’s as good as official: Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in India on 19 April.
It’s been mere weeks since Samsung announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphones and we’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for an official release date and price tag.
Reports in The Huffington Post and International Business Times, citing “reliable sources” confirm that the device’s official launch date is 19 April. We’ve attempted to confirm the dates ourselves, but no information has been forthcoming. There isn’t even an official invitation for the event yet.
The launch event is expected to happen in New Delhi.
No other details of the event are available. We do not know the price of the device nor its availability.
We expect the price to be in the Rs 50,000 range at launch.
The S8 and S8+ both feature a brand new design and a display that’s Samsung is calling the “Infinity Display.” The phone will be available in either a 5.8-inch variant or a 6.2-inch one. The front features no buttons and vanishingly small bezels. The front home button has also been removed and the fingerprint sensor has been pushed to the back of the device.
Samsung’s much-touted voice assistant Bixby is also unlikely to make an appearance just yet. The in-house developed assistant will only be available in Korea and the US, but even the US release has been pushed back owing to Bixby’s inability to fully understand English just yet.
Full details of the devices can be found here.
The specifications of the two phones are as follows:
|Smartphone||Samsung S8||Samsung S8+|
|Display Size (inches)||5.8||6.2|
|Resolution (pixels)||1,440 x 2,960||1,440 x 2,960|
|Pixel Density (PPI)||570||529|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|Dimensions (mm)||148.9 x 68.1 x 8||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1|
|Dual SIM||Yes (Variant)||Yes (Variant)|
|Connectivity Types||GSM / HSPA / LTE||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 83, Exynos 8895||Qualcomm Snapdragon 83, Exynos 8895|
|CPU Cores||Octa-core, Octa-core||Octa-core, Octa-core|
|CPU Clock Speed (GHz)||4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo and 4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz||4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo and 4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 540||Adreno 540|
|RAM||4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|On-Board Memory||64 GB||64 GB|
|Expandable Memory||Yes, upto 256GB||Yes, upto 256GB|
|Sensors||Iris scanner, fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart-rate, SpO2||Iris scanner, fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Heart-rate, SpO2|
|Primary Camera||12MP, f/1.7||12MP, f/1.7|
|Optical Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes|
|Camera Array||Single Camera||Single Camera|
|Autofocus System||Phase detection||Phase detection|
|Secondary Camera||8MP, f/1.7||8MP, f/1.7|
|OS Version||Android 7.0 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|AI (Smart Assistant)||Yes, Bixby||Yes, Bixby|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX||v5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Yes, Rear button||Yes, Rear button|
|USB Type||Type-C Reversible connector||Type-C Reversible connector|
|USB Standard||USB 3.1||USB 3.1|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold||Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold|
|Prices in India||TBA||TBA|