Samsung A8s officially launched with an in-display hole for camera
Well, Samsung wins the race! Trumping Huawei, Samsung becomes the first company to release a phone with an in-display hole for a camera. The Galaxy A8s is the phone to feature this first-of-its-kind arrangement and represents the new wave of screen technology that Samsung is bringing to its range of smartphones. The phone beat Huawei’s View 20 which also happens to have an in-display hole for the camera.
The camera hole is situated at the top left of the screen and is 6.7mm wide. One strange thing that Samsung resorted to, probably because of this in-display hole, is the change in the display technology. The Samsung A8s is the first Samsung A series to have an LCD display instead of the usual LCD display. The display on the A8s is a 6.4-inch FullHD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. While the bezels around the display are pretty slim, they’re definitely not the slimmest in the market.
The Samsung A8s is powered by a Snapdragon 710 and is coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you get 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB with the help of a microSD card slot.
On the back of the phone, you’ll find a triple-camera setup similar to the Samsung Galaxy A7. The main 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture is paired with a 10-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing f/2.2 camera. The telephoto lens in the camera setup has a coloured ring around it that matches the colour of the phone which looks pretty neat IMO. The fingerprint scanner can also be found at the back in the centre.
The phone runs on a 3,400mAh battery that can be replenished via a USB Type-C port and unfortunately still runs Android Oreo 8.1 with Samsung’s UI on top.
The phone is available in Blue, Gray & Green out of which the latter two colours are drool-worthy. The phone can be pre-ordered in China until 21 December. Unfortunately, for now, we don’t have any pricing and shipping information yet.