Flipkart is selling Samsung Galaxy S8 for Rs 30,990, is it worth buying in 2019?

Samsung Galaxy S8

If you are in the market for a flagship smartphone at any point of time in the year, a Samsung flagship will always be on your list. Samsung’s S series and Note series flagships have always been known to offer one of the best Android smartphone experience. The Galaxy S10, which will be Samsung’s flagship offering for 2019, will be official within a matter of few hours and is expected to carry a premium price tag. However, the older Galaxy S9 will keep selling alongside and will offer a more affordable option for consumers to own a fairly new flagship-grade Galaxy S device.

However, the Galaxy S9 despite a reduced price tag will still demand a premium. So what about the Galaxy S8? Flipkart will be putting the Galaxy S8 on sale at a heavily discounted price of Rs 30,990, which is the lowest price that the Galaxy S8 has seen since its launch in 2017. At Rs 30,990, it makes sense for many own a Samsung flagship without burning a hole in the pocket. But does it make sense to buy a smartphone that’s two years old? That’s what I am about to find out.

The Good

Galaxy S8 still grabs eyeballs

When the Galaxy S8 came out in 2017, it left the world dumbstruck with its curvy design and thin bezels. Critics, as well as consumers, applauded Samsung for offering a fresh design after many years with the S8. The Curved Edge display, now christened Infinity Display, had narrower bezels than its closest rival – the iPhone 7. With no home button in the front, the design was cleaner. Samsung pushed the fingerprint sensor to the back alongside the rear camera. While the position of the sensor was controversial, it made for a balanced and cleaner look. The premium glass and metal build is unparalleled even by today’s standards. The overall design just looked like a glass bubble in hands, especially in the black coloured variant.

The design was so successful that Samsung sold enough Galaxy S8 units to offset some of the loss incurred by the uneventful Galaxy Note 7 incident. They even retained the same design for the Galaxy S9, polishing it a little bit here and there. Therefore, even today, the Galaxy S8 looks like a current-generation Samsung flagship – the design has aged well. Compared to any other smartphone at Rs 30,000, the Galaxy S8 just screams premium. The Asus ZenFone 5z comes close to it in terms of grabbing attention, but can’t go on par with the Galaxy S8. If you want a premium phone that you can show off to the world, look no further than the Galaxy S8.

Galaxy S8 display can slay all other screens

The Galaxy S8 offers a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with a resolution of 1440p. It’s not surprising that Samsung’s panels have always been the best in business. The AMOLED panel renders eye-popping colours, making it a treat to binge on movies or web series. The curved edges almost make it seem bezel-less.

Galaxy S8 can shoot really well

The Galaxy S8 offers a 12-megapixel single camera with an LED flash. With Dual Pixel technology and an aperture of F1.7, the Galaxy S8’s camera is still as good as some flagship phones from today. You will still get really good looking photos, even in low light conditions. Over the years, Samsung has released a lot of updates to enhance the overall image and video shooting capabilities.

The 8-megapixel front camera also comes with an aperture of F1.7 and gets autofocus – no other phone around Rs 30,000 comes with an autofocus system on the front camera.

The Bad

Galaxy S8 is two-years-old

The Galaxy S8 came out in early 2017, which means it’s almost two years old. In the Android universe, this translates into delayed support for devices, with manufacturers often skipping these for working on newer models. The Galaxy S8 will get its second major software update – Android Pie-based OneUI, in the next few months. A OnePlus 6T or a Nokia 8.1 have been running Android 9 Pie for many months now. Once the Galaxy S8 gets the Pie update, chances of it getting the Android Q update are slim. Therefore, software support is questionable, especially for a Rs 30,990 smartphone, which still falls in the premium category.

Exynos 8895 can’t keep up with Snapdragon 845

At Rs 30,000 or less, you can get an Asus ZenFone 5z or a Poco F1 with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Snapdragon 845 chipset is easily the most powerful chip we have seen so far on the Android side. Even the Snapdragon 710 on Nokia 8.1 has gained in terms of efficiency over the two-years-old Exynos 8895. Of course, you will be able to play PUBG without any struggle, but user reviews say the chipset seems to struggle at times in keeping up with the modern software requirements. In short, you can get better performance for a similar or lesser price.

Galaxy S8 requires a power bank

Even when the Galaxy S8 came out brand new, the 3000mAh battery didn’t prove to be frugal enough to make the phone last for an entire day with a single charge. Therefore, in 2019 with all the new software updates, the Galaxy S8 will require a powerbank to make it through the day. The Exynos 8895 chip is powerful and will sip through the battery unlike phones with modern power-efficient chips. An equivalent priced Honor or Xiaomi phone offers 4000mAh battery and will last for an entire day easily.

Should you buy the Galaxy S8 for Rs 30,990?

If you love the Galaxy S8’s superb design and build quality, the mesmerising AMOLED display and a fairly good camera, the Galaxy S8 is an easy pick. However, if you demand modern performance and more value, you can opt for a Poco F1 or a Nokia 8.1. Spend a little more and you can get the brilliant OnePlus 6T with class-leading performance.

 

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