The new Galaxy handsets feature a bezel-less, dual-edge display that takes up more than 80 per cent of the phone’s front screen. Photograph: (WION)
The latest Galaxy phones come with Samsung's new digital assistant Bixby
Almost a month after the global unveiling, Samsung has introduced the much-awaited Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones in India. Priced at Rs 57,900 for the Galaxy S8 and Rs 64,900 for the Galaxy S8+, the new flagship phones are now available for pre-booking in the country. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be available in India from May 5 across select retail stores. The phones, however, will be available online exclusively on Samsung Shop and Flipkart.
The most striking feature of the new phones is what Samsung dubs an "infinity display" - an expanded glass screen that covers the entire front of the device and appears to curve seamlessly around its edges. The home button has been replaced with a pressure-sensitive section embedded under the screen.
Both phones are water-resistant and allow for biometric authentication with fingerprint and iris scanners.
The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display, the Galaxy S8+, on the other hand, has a slight bigger screen measuring 6.2 inches (Quad HD+). Running Android 7.0 Nougat, the new Galaxy phones come with a 64-bit oct-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM, Dual Pixel 12 megapixel rear camera, and an 8 megapixel auto focus front camera.
The new phones come with Samsung's new digital assistant Bixby, which will compete with Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Bixby is expected to mark a further step into services for the world's biggest smartphone vendor, allowing users to shop, search for images and get details about nearby places with image recognition technology.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available in India in three colours - Midnight Black, Coral Blue and Maple Gold.
Boasting the largest wrap-around screen ever made, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are the South Korean tech giant's first new premium phones since the Note 7 debacle in October, which wiped out $5.48 billion of profit and helped Apple overtake Samsung as the world's top smartphone maker in the fourth quarter.
Samsung is hoping the design update and the new features - nothing revolutionary but focused on making life easier for consumers - will be enough to revive sales in a year Apple is expected to introduce major changes to its iPhones for their 10th anniversary, including the very curved screens that have become staples of the Galaxy brand.