Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury, a cheaper Galaxy S8, launches in China

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 22 May 2018
Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury, a cheaper Galaxy S8, launches in China
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The new Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury borrows essential features from the older flagship S8, drops Quad HD+ resolution display and settles for Snapdragon 660 with 4GB of RAM.

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Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S Light Luxury in China, a smartphone that was, in recent weeks, rumoured to be christened the Samsung Galaxy S Lite. It was supposed to be a toned down version of Samsung’s older flagship model, the Galaxy S8 that released in early 2017 along with the larger Galaxy S8+.

According to the official website for the Galaxy S Light Luxury, the new smartphone’s display, an Infinity Display, is of the same size and has the same aspect ratio as that of the Galaxy S8, 5.8” and 18.5:9, but skimps on resolution, which is now down to 1080 x 2220 pixels. Optics is taken care of by a 16-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. Both cameras have an aperture of f/1.7. Like on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, a fingerprint sensor accompanies the camera on the back panel.

The Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury hasn’t forgotten how to swim; it still retains Galaxy S8’s IP68 water and dust resistance rating. It also retains the dedicated Bixby button on its left edge, which, when pressed, will trigger Samsung’s proprietary virtual assistant, Bixby.

In place of the Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 is a less powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy S Light Luxury is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. The phone is reportedly priced at CNY 3,999 (Rs 42,740 approx) and will sell in one variant only. Colour options include Black and Burgundy Red.

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