Samsung announced the Galaxy A8s smartphone at an event in China today. It is the first smartphone from the company to come with an in-screen hole for the front-facing camera. It was announced shortly after Honor unveiled the View20, which also features an in-screen camera. The smartphone also comes with triple rear-facing cameras.
Samsung Galaxy A8s Specifications and Features
The Samsung Galaxy A8s is features a 3D glass rear and a metallic frame. It sports a slim design and measures only 7.4mm. The handset weighs 173 grams and comes in colors like Gradient Black, Elves Blue and Aurora Green.
The Galaxy A8s houses a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display. The in-screen camera hole is dubbed as the Infinity-O display design by Samsung. It features full HD+ resolution of 2,310 x 1,080 pixels. The Samsung flagship phones that have launched in the recent past have offered an aspect ratio of 18:9. However, the Galaxy A8s carries support for a higher aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
When It comes to the camera, the Galaxy A8s features a vertically arranged triple camera unit. It includes an f/1.7 aperture 24-megapixel primary sensor that is assisted by an f/2.2 aperture 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with support for 2x optical zoom. Sitting on the front is a 24-megapixel selfie shooter.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s is driven by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. It comes in two RAM flavors of 6GB and 8GB. Both are equipped with an inbuilt storage of 128GB. There is a microSD card slot on the device for expanding storage further. The handset draws power from a 3,300mAh battery.
The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung’s Experience UI 9.5. There is a dedicated hardware button for launching the Bixby AI assistant. A fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear shell of the smartphone. The South Korean tech giant has axed the 3.5mm audio jack from the phone. When it comes to connectivity, the Galaxy A8s offers features such as 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS and USB Type-C.
Samsung Galaxy A8s Pricing and Availability
The official sales of the Samsung Galaxy A8s will kick off from December 20th in China. Until the said date, interested buyers can register for the phone. The pricing of the smartphone has not been confirmed yet. The South Korean company did not share any information on the international availability of the smartphone.