Samsung was the first company to officially introduce a smartphone with a camera under the display. The device is called Galaxy A8s and has just appeared for pre-order at the Chinese online retailer JD.com. There is only one memory choice and a single price tag of CNY2,999, or under $450.
Samsung Galaxy A8s was announced with either 6 or 8 GB RAM, but the initial pre-order is just for the lower tier. The storage is 128 GB either way and you have a microSD slot for up to 512 GB more. This device is powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset and has Android Pie out of the box with customized UI for the Chinese market.
While the back has three cameras, lined similarly to what Apple does to its iPhone X devices, the front shooter is the big deal – it is 24 MP with f/2.0 lens and is peeking underneath an Infinity-O notch in the LCD panel. The Galaxy A8s is clearly just a test how the wide audience will react to the new solutions, with the design likely to be transferred to the anniversary flagship Galaxy S10.
Samsung Galaxy A8s
Shipping and offline market launch is scheduled for December 31, when, hopefully, we’ll hear more about the 8/128 GB variant. Until now you can pre-order the Galaxy A8s in all three colors – Blue, Aurora Black and Alien Silver. There are also some gifts like power banks, holders and JD vouchers for the early birds.