Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ set to launch in India today, price starts at Rs 57,900

first_imgSamsung is set to launch the flagship Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India at an event in New Delhi today. The Galaxy S8 and the S8+, which go on sale globally from April 21, will be available in India in both online stores and offline shops. It is expected that from today the Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy S8 will be available for pre-ordering in India, including at Flipkart.The price of the phones will start Rs 57,900. This will be for the Galaxy S8, although the market price could be lower. The price of the Galaxy S8+ starts at Rs 64,900 although the dealers.Update: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+have been launched in India. The phones will also come with double the data offer from Jio and pre-orders will possibly get a gift.Although for now the price of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India has not been revealed, there is every chance that the phones will cost more than Rs 50,000. This will mark a slight increase in the prices of the phones compared to the price at which the Galaxy S7 debuted in India last year. According to leaks at TechPP, a tech news site, the price is expected to be Rs 54,000 for the Galaxy S8 and Rs 62,000 for the Galaxy S8+.It is expected that along with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, Samsung will also launch a number of accessories for the phones, including the DeX, a dock that turns the phone into an almost full-fledged computer when connected to a monitor. The company will livestream the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus event on its official YouTube page. advertisementGalaxy S8 Exynos for IndiaAs it has become common now, The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ just like the earlier Galaxy S phones come in two variants. One is the global variant powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The other is the regional variant, sold primarily in India and Samsung’s home market South Korea. This variant is powered by Exynos 8895 processor.In India the Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ will hit the market. Not that it makes much of a difference.  Both the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 use the 10nm manufacturing technology and both offer comparable performance. In fact, theoretically, as the benchmarks show, the Exynos is slightly faster.Another difference between the global and Indian variants of the top Galaxy phones is the Bixby. Although it comes loaded on these phones, it will only support the US English and Korean and hence will not be voice activated on the Indian Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+.  Other than the Exynos processor, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ in India will come with top notch hardware. The phones pack in large screens in a relatively small frame because of the screens are curved. They also sport the same metal and glass design that made the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Plus arguably the best looking phones in the market.The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch curved screen. This screen uses AMOLED panels and has been dubbed one of the best by DisplayMate, an independent agency that measures the quality of display panels. Samsung also calls the display in the Galaxy S8 — s well as the one in the Galaxy S8+ — infinity display. The screen due to its curved sides looks as if it is melting into the metal frame and that gives the user an impression that it is an edge-less display. The phone, in its base variant, will have 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and number of sensors including the heart rate sensor and the fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the back cover near the camera.Talking of the camera, the Galaxy S8 comes with one 12-megapixel camera on the rear. This camera uses Sony-made IMX 333 image sensor and it has been paired with a sharp and bright F1.7 lens. On the front there is an 8-megapixel shooter.The Galaxy S8 also has features like the waterproof design and unlike the iPhone 7, retains its 3.5mmm jack.Also Read: Samsung says Galaxy S8, S8+ are already a hitThe Galaxy S8+ has exactly the same hardware that is inside the Galaxy S8 but with a bigger screen. This phone has a 6.2-inch screen. However, the interesting bit to note here is that even though the galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ come with very large screens, they are not bigger than the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Plus in any significant way.advertisementThe two phones — Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus — also come with Android 7 aka Nougat, which has been modified by Samsung with its custom user interface. The customisation allows Samsung to offer a few extra software features like the Edge, which uses the curved portion of the screen, as well as Bixby, which is Samsung’s own artificial intelligent  virtual assistant similar to Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri.Galaxy Note 7 looms largeFor Samsung, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ are very important launches. These are company’s first flagship phones in India after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. The Galaxy Note 7, although announced in India, didn’t go on sale in the country after reports of its battery catching fire came in from across the globe. Although Samsung initially hinted that the problem was only with a few units, with a number of incidents reported related to the Note 7 fire, the company finally recalled the phone and killed it.However, for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ the company has said that it has done its due diligence. After the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung said that it had changed the way it was stress testing the phones and their batteries. This is also the reason why the company highlighted the safety aspects of the new Galaxy phones while globally unveiling them on March 29.”The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ usher in a new era of smartphone design and fantastic new services, opening up new ways to experience the world,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, at Samsung. “The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are our testament to regaining your trust by redefining what’s possible in safety and marks a new milestone in Samsung’s smartphone legacy.”last_img read more

NSW State Cup

first_imgThe State Cup will see teams from 53 affiliates across NSW contest 16 divisions, including the introduction of the Mixed B division.The three day tournament is in its 33rd year and 2009 is the 21st consecutive year that it has been played in Port Macquarie. All 23 fields at the precinct will be used for the 184 teams who have entered in the event. The following divisions will be contested at the event: two divisions in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open’s divisions, as well as Men’s and Women’s 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Men’s 35’s, 45’s and 50’s and Senior Mixed. The introduction of the Mixed B division has proved popular, with 12 affiliates taking advantage of the new division. Among the most popular divisions also include the Men’s Open B Division, with 21 teams, while the Men’s 50’s division has 16 teams in the running for the title.Wests Magpies will be looking to go for back to back titles in the Men’s Open division, after their win over Hornsby in the 2008 grand final. Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Magpies will be aiming to make it four consecutive titles in the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions respectively, having won their respective titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The round games will be contested on Friday and Saturday, before finals commence on Sunday at 8am. The first of the grand finals will be played at 12.40pm. The Women’s Open final will be played at 1.50pm, followed by the Dash for Cash at 2.30pm. The Men’s Open final will be played at 2.40pm, with the Mixed Open final to follow at 3.30pm.Stay tuned for the next edition of the Touch Footy Show, which includes a preview of the NSW State Cup. NBN and Port Macquarie News have already started their coverage of the event. To view their stories, please click on the following links: more information, please visit the following websites: read more