Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ to launch in India today

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is priced at $720 (around Rs 46,700) and Galaxy S8+ at $840 (around Rs 54,500) in the US.

Presenting the device and its functionality was Julian Thean, senior product manager, IT and Mobile business unit, Samsung Malaysia Electronics.

Galaxy S8 builds on the Samsung's heritage of creating stunning designs and functional devices. He also claims that the Note 8 will have a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display - all of which is believable, since the Galaxy S8 Plus already has a 6.2-inch QHD+ OLED screen. The home button has been replaced with a pressure-sensitive section embedded under the screen. Samsung India has said that you can use the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+'s iris scanner to authenticate transactions via Samsung Pay even in India.

Cons: Samsung's decision to place the fingerprint sensor right next to the rear camera can make it hard to find the sesnor by feel. The S8 gets by with a 3,000 mAh battery while the larger sibling gets a 3,500 mAh battery. While the Multi Window resizes the whole app window, the Snap Window feature will display only the selected area so you can refer to it while you are doing any other task.

The phones available in India will run on Samsung's Exynos processor and have 4 GB of RAM.

Another bold move from Samsung as it hasn't invested in a new primary camera module. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. However, the front camera gets all the attention. Other features of the camera are Pro Mode, Selective Focus, Filtered Moments and a Food Mode.

Samsung has finally unveiled its own AI and the company seems very confident about it. Samsung is relying so much on its personal assistant that it has given a dedicated button on the side.

Similar to most leading AIs in the market, Bixby will also behave contextually.

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