Samsung will make its comeback on March 29, Wednesday with the launch of its Galaxy S8 smartphones after the recent Galaxy Note 7 global embarrassment. Also, not to forget the arrest of Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee CEO on bribery charges in South Korea.
During the launch of Samsung Galaxy S3 Tab event at MWC 2017, Barcelona in February, the company got a ‘not too pleasant’ surprise when a Greenpeace activist almost took the centre stage to protest the “exploding flagship Galaxy Note 7.” So, the make or break Galaxy S8 launch will be more than just another flagship launch for Samsung.
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Samsung has mostly avoided uncomfortable questions on the failure of the flagship Galaxy Note 7 and has surely done very little to reassure that the Note 7 incident will not be repeated again.
Of course, the company has released several advertisements to claim the improvements in the quality check department that they have introduced after the Note 7 fiasco. But will consumers trust another expensive flagship from Samsung with their money is something that will be interesting to see in the coming months.
So, first things first, more than the spec sheet or “futuristic” design of the Galaxy S8, Samsung will have to dedicated time and effort during the launch to convince buyers that the Galaxy S8 will not explode.
It would be interesting to see how Samsung actually presents the flagship Galaxy S8 series. Unless, the leak reports are grossly incorrect, there is seriously very little surprise left. Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones. The Galaxy S8 will house a 5.8-inch display powered by a 3,000mAh battery while the S8+ will offer a 6.2-inch screen with a 3,500mAh battery.
Both the smartphones will feature curved displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, something which was introduced in the latest flagship LG G6. Also, both the S8 handsets will offer an almost be bezel-less design.
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The smartphone could be powered by Samsung’s own voice assistant called Bixby which is similar to Google Assistant. Both the S8 and S8+ smartphones will offer iris recognition along with fingerprint scanners. A separate 3.7MP Iris camera sensor is including in the front beside the selfie camera.
There will be two variants of the phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 SoCs. In India, Samsung will launch them with Exynos chipsets. The smartphones are expected to be powered by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB. Rumours suggest that there could be a 6GB RAM variant as well.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ will come with a 12MP ‘Dual Pixel’ f/1.7 rear camera with OIS along with an 8MP front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be priced at Rs 57,000 in India while the S8+ variant could be priced as high as Rs 65,000.