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Samsung seems to be experimenting with its flagship smartphone by considerably changing the design and traditional look of its Galaxy S series. If you are among those people who were expecting the budget-friendly variant of Samsung Galaxy S8, then here is the good news. The South Korean smartphone maker has launched Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury. However, there is a bad news too, the phone was only launched in China and locked in there since then. Galaxy S Light Luxury inherits many features from its in-house smartphone inspiration with a higher price. With this smartphone, the company wants to provide a mid-range device that comes with premium features.

Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury is among the few smartphones that offers such design and look under this price range. Let’s thoroughly go through the smartphone’s details to know whether It’s worth trying or not?

Design & Display

  • Similar to Galaxy S8

  • 5.8 AMOLED display

  • 84.2% screen to body ratio

There is no change in the design of the phone. It looks like the smaller version of Galaxy S8. The 5.8-inch smartphone has the 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm dimension and weighs only 150g. The front and the back of the Samsung smartphone are covered with glass that are rested on an aluminum frame. The fingerprint scanner is still poorly placed, and the Bixby key remains at the same place. The Iris scanner is available, and the phone’s metallic design shows that it is copying the premium looks of the flagship smartphones. The rear camera and the flashlight is placed just beside the fingerprint sensor. Galaxy S Light Luxury is slim enough to slip into your hands comfortably, and you can operate it single-handedly. The Samsung phone comes with the Type-C port at the bottom for charging and the 3.5 mm jack is intact.

first image of galaxy S

The display of the Samsung phone is quite impressive as you will be getting a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Besides, the phone comes with 84.2% screen to body ratio that makes it look prominent and offers full front display with a minimal bezel. Samsung has given 18.5:9 aspect ratio to the Samsung phone with 1080 X 2220 pixel resolution. This makes the screen look bright and vivid offering an FHD display experience to the user. The ‘always-on’ display of the Samsung phone has given Corning Gorilla Glass for protection along with IP68 against the dust.


  • Snapdragon 660 chip

  • Octa-core processor

  • 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage

  • Android 8.0

Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury runs on a Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset that is accompanied by Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor. Samsung embedded Snapdragon 660 chip inside the Samsung smartphone that is quite capable of handling all the task you through at it. However, comparing to the other devices falling in the same price range like OnePlus 6 Samsung’s new smartphone lost the battle in performance. Most of the smartphone makers have shifted to the Snapdragon 835 or Snapdragon 845 now. This outdated processor makes the Galaxy S Light Luxury an old-school smartphone.


The processing unit of the smartphone is supported by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The storage of the Samsung smartphone is upgradable up to 400GB via microSD card that uses the SIM slot 2. It is disappointing that Samsung hasn't thought about the dual camera, which makes the phone to lose one more point. You will get a 16MP single lens camera at the back that offers phase detection autofocus. The rear camera comes with the essential features like Geo-tagging, panorama, HDR and face detection. The front camera is composed of an 8MP lens having f/1.7 aperture and captures sharp selfies.

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Galaxy S Light Luxury runs on Android 8.0, and the company will be releasing the update to Android 8.1 soon for the phone. Besides, there is a 3000 mAH non-removable Li-Ion battery that is not so powerful and requires frequent charging. The glass back of the phone enables the Qi-wireless charging which is a good thing for the users.

Price & Availability

Galaxy S Light Luxury was launched by Samsung last month in China that costs CNY 3,999. This means it will cost approximately $624 and Rs.42,000. However, the Samsung phone is only available in China for now so you need to buy it from Chinese website like Jd.com. There is no information about Galaxy S Light Luxury launching outside China for now. Samsung has kept the phone exclusively for Chinese market since its launch and said nothing about other markets.

The Verdict

Samsung came up with a good idea of reshaping the Galaxy S8 into a cheaper shell, but it lacks in some places. Galaxy S Light Luxury could have been better if it costs lesser and possess the latest chipset. The Samsung smartphone does come with very attractive design and fantastic display that could attract the users. But, the phone’s performance and hardware support aren't up to the mark comparing the ongoing competition among mid-range smartphones. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury also lacks the dual camera which is mandatory for a smartphone with a hefty price tag.


  • Premium design similar to Galaxy S8

  • Iris Scanner

  • Full HD display


  • Single lens camera

  • Too expensive

  • Weak processor

Akash Singh Chauhan
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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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