Samsung is getting ready to launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India in a couple of hours and Gadgets 360 has received much-awaited information about the pricing and launch date of the two smartphones. According to a reliable source in the retail chain, the Galaxy S8 (G950FD) will launch in India carrying a MRP of Rs. 62,600 (dealer price of Rs. 56,900). The bigger Samsung Galaxy S8+ (G955FD) will be available in India at a MRP of Rs. 69,000 (dealer price of Rs. 63,900). Pre-bookings for the two phones will commence on Wednesday itself, with availability on May 5.
The model numbers also confirm that the dual SIM variants of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will launch in India.
After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung desperately needs the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to be a hit, as it looks to make a comeback in the premium smartphone segment where Apple's iPhone and iPhone 7 Plus, along with Google's Pixel and Pixel XL have moved in to fill the gap left by the Note 7.
Samsung is set to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ at an event in New Delhi today. You can watch the live stream of the launch online from 12pm IST, if the event starts at the scheduled time.
We also discussed whether the Galaxy S8's pricing gives it an edge over iPhone 7 and Google Pixel in India on our podcast, so be sure to check that out as well in this week's episode of Orbital, our technology podcast. You can subscribe to it via iTunes or RSS, or just hit the play button below.