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The first Samsung phone with a camera hole in the display is official, but you can’t buy it

December 10th, 2018 at 7:45 AM
Galaxy A8s vs. Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S10 phones won’t be the only Samsung handsets to feature an Infinity-O display — that’s a screen with a camera hole at the top. We’ve known for weeks that the Galaxy A8s will be the first Samsung handset to have the novel all-screen, notch-less, design, and the phone is finally here. Don’t get too excited just yet, as the phone isn’t available for sale at this time.

Samsung unveiled the new A-series phone in China, SamMobile reports, and it’s unclear whether the handset will be available in other international countries. Moreover, Samsung didn’t disclose pricing details for the time being.

Image source: Samsung

However, we do know the specs for the handset, and we finally have official Galaxy A8s pictures for you.

The screen measures 6.4-inches, and it’s a Full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The camera hole near the top left corner is pretty significant, but it’s smaller than a notch. Well-known Samsung leaker Ice Universe posted the following hands-on images of the phone that show the camera hole in great detail:

On the bottom, there’s a minor bezel, and the sides aren’t curved. The Galaxy S10 is expected to feature curved edges and even slimmer bezels.

The phone features a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a triple-lens camera on the back with 24-megapixel, 5-megapixel, and 10-megapixel lenses. On the back, there’s also a fingerprint sensor. Comparatively, the Galaxy S10 premium version should have a fingerprint sensor built right into the screen.

Image source: Samsung

Finally, the Galaxy A8s doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is actually surprising for a Samsung phone.

The new Galaxy A8s will be available in blue, green, and silver versions, and preorders will be available online at Samsung’s China store. Huawei is also expected to launch a phone with a similar design in the coming days, and Lenovo has also developed an Infinity-O-like screen design for new phones, recent leaks have shown.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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