Samsung may bring the 'Portrait Mode' to S8 with a software update; S8 and S8 Plus prices slashed in India

It looks like Galaxy S8 users may soon be able to enjoy the Portrait Mode effect on their device. This comes after Samsung mentioned that they may be working on a new software update to add the feature on the S8. For the uninitiated, Portrait Mode or Bokeh effect blurs the background while keeping the subject in focus, creating a DSLR-like photo.

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This news comes in response to a query posted by a Samsung S8 user who inquired if the Portrait Mode effect would be coming to the S8 after the Pixel 2 device included the feature with a single camera setup on the back.

Samsung's response was pretty vague claiming that there was 'no information' regarding the query. But, the customer support stated in the same response that it was possible that portrait mode feature will come with the next software update in S8.

Portrait Mode effect was earlier only associated with devices packing a dual camera setup including OnePlus 5, Samsung Note 8, iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus, Honor 8 Pro etc. However, Google has managed to recreate the same effect on its Pixel 2 smartphone using a single rear camera and software modifications.

Therefore it is entirely possible to see the Portrait Mode effect being recreated using software enhancements in high-end devices like the S8 or even the HTC U11. If Samsung does indeed plan on bringing this effect to the S8 camera in its next software update then the wait shouldn't be that long.

In addition to the 'Portrait Mode', Samsung also announced a price cut for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus devices. Samsung S8 Plus will see a drop in price by Rs 6,000 revising the final price to Rs 58,900 while the S8 will see a drop in price by Rs 4,000 revising the price to Rs 53,900. We are unsure if the price drop is permanent of temporary considering the festival season but potential users planning to buy these devices should act fast.


Published Date: Oct 17, 2017 11:30 pm | Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017 11:30 pm