Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+ land in India

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Samsung has officially brought its flagship phones to India, launching the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at an event and putting it up for pre-orders immediately after. The handsets can be booked via offline outlets, Flipkart, and the company’s online store. Sales kick off on March 16.

Samsung’s listed the MRPs of both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on its site, but is offering discounts on them from day one for a much lower MOP. The former is priced at Rs 57900 for its 64GB model and Rs 65900 for its 256GB one. The latter ups things to Rs 64900 (64GB) and Rs 72900 (256GB).

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were launched at the same Rs 57900 and Rs 64900 rates last year, so the brand isn’t hiking costs; good news for anyone expecting a rise. The firm didn’t announce the 128GB model at its event and it’s not clear whether the variant might arrive later.

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Samsung’s bundling a number of offers to sweeten the deal. These include a Rs 6000 cashback deal for HDFC credit and debit card customers, Rs 6000 as cashback in the Paytm Mall on transactions done online or offline, and an extra Rs 6000 added to the Rs 22500 exchange scheme for select Samsung phones.

As for operator offers, Airtel has a Double Data deal in place for 30 months on its Airtel Infinity Rs 499 and Rs 799 postpaid plans, Reliance Jio is serving up a special annual plan worth Rs 4999 which offers 1TB of data, and Vodafone is dishing out a free Netflix subscription on Red plans starting at Rs 999.

Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+:

– Display: 5.8-inch/6.2-inch Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels
– OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0
– CPU: Exynos 9810
– Battery: 3000mAh (S9), 3500mAh (S9+)
– Storage: 64GB/256GB, expandable up to 400GB
– RAM: 4GB (S9), 6GB (S9+)
– Camera: 12MP/8MP (S9), 12MP + 12MP/8MP (S9+)
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fiac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C

The Galaxy S9 (Flipkart/Samsung) and Galaxy S9+ (Flipkart/Samsung) are being sold in Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue. Both are available, as always, with an Exynos processor rather than a Snapdragon one.