Samsung S10+ to hit Indian Market from March 8

Consumers of Samsung’s Galaxy S range of premium smartphones will have to shell out nearly Rs 1.18 lakh to get their hands on the top-end model of the device that begins selling in India from March 8.

Samsung had started three models – Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e – in San Francisco on February 20. These flagship devices will fight for head-on with Apple’s iPhone that is seeing sales retardation in many markets, including China.

“Galaxy S10+ will be open in 1 TB, 512GB and 128 GB storage variants and will be priced at Rs 1,17,900, Rs 91,900 and Rs 73,900, respectively,” Samsung said in its statement.

The new phones include highlights like cinematic Infinity-O display, improved camera capabilities and in-display fingerprint scanner among others, Samsung said.

Nevertheless, the South Korean tech giant did not reveal if the eagerly anticipated Galaxy Fold – which boasts of a 7.3-inch “foldable display” – will make its way to the Indian market.

The 5G-enabled Galaxy Fold is slated to be ready in the US towards April-end, starting at USD 1,980.

The Galaxy S10, on the other hand, will sell for Rs 84,900 (512 GB variant) and Rs 66,900 (128 GB), it added.

The Galaxy S10e would be accessible in only 128 GB storage variant and will be valued at Rs 55,900.

Samsung had originated its previous generation (S9 and S9+) in March last year for Rs 57,900 onwards.

India’s premium smartphone portion (priced above Rs 30,000) observed an 8 per cent growth in 2018, with Samsung leading the freight chart with 34 per cent market share, as per Counterpoint Research.

In the Indian market, China’s OnePlus has emerged as a strong fight in the said category. In December quarter, OnePlus led the premium smartphone shipment chart with 36 per cent market share. It had 33 per cent share for the entire 2018.

Apple had a dividend of 23 per cent of the share in 2018.

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