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Samsung launches the Galaxy A8s with Infinity-O camera hole display

Samsung had teased the Galaxy A8s a couple of months ago in China. The teaser suggested that this device would have an almost entirely bezel-less display. Samsung later revealed the Infinity-O display which punches out a camera hole in the actual display area for the front camera.

While the Galaxy S10 is expected to feature an Infinity-O display, it won’t be the first device to ship with it. Samsung today announced the Galaxy A8s. It’s the company’s first device with a display that has a hole for the front camera.

Galaxy A8s goes official with Infinity-O display

The Galaxy A8s is not a flagship device by any stretch of the imagination but the specs are respectable. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 6GB of RAM and 8GB RAM options. It ships with 128GB of storage and has the same 24-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 10-megapixel triple camera system as the Galaxy A7.

The display is without a doubt the most unique aspect of this smartphone. The 6.4-inch Full HD+ 19.5:9 aspect ratio Infinity-O display has a cutout in the panel itself for the front camera. The 24-megapixel selfie shooter is placed in this hole in the top left corner of the display.

It may have looked quite small in the renders that surfaced so far but it’s definitely noticeable. More so against light backgrounds which contrast against the black color of the camera lens. It should blend in nicely with the dark mode in One UI but this device actually ships with Android 8.1 Oreo, not Android 9 Pie.

The Galaxy A8s has the same DNA as some of Samsung’s recent premium mid-range devices. It has a metal and glass build with rounded corners for a comfortable grip. The triple camera is placed vertically much like it is on the Galaxy A7. There’s also a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Samsung has only announced the Galaxy A8s in China today where it will go on sale soon. It will be offered in blue, green, and silver colors. The price is yet to be announced. Samsung has not confirmed if the Galaxy A8s will be making its way to other markets.




  • Model: SM-G8870
  • Dimensions: 158.4 x 74.9 x 7.4 m
  • Display: 6.4"(162.5mm) LCD
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Camera: 24 MP, CMOS F1.7, 8 MP, CMOS & 5 MP, CMOS

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parshakov
parshakov

Tech news websites should start reporting screen sizes in cm² or inch² instead of just inches to prevent any further screen stretching for marketing purposes by smartphone manufacturers…

ironbat
ironbat

This is straight up ugly

pzayx
pzayx

Naaah, thats fugly. Come on samsung!

pars1992
pars1992

extremely ugly & stupid front face

MStuart
MStuart

No headphone jack… Hey Samsung, you put the hole in the wrong place.

Dcdaniel
Dcdaniel

Samsung failed with this device, I’m sure the reason as to why this hole is so huge is also due to having a freaking 24 megapixle front camera, why would you put such a big sensor if your aim is to make the hole as little noticeable as possible? This has me extremely worried about the s10 specially the s10 +, if it’s as ugly as this it will be the first time in years that I will not buy their flagships, it truly doesn’t look good at all.

GS7edge
GS7edge

We will have to wait until Samsung are able to put the camera under the screen.

mihaelallen123
mihaelallen123

One UI WITH Oreo??

GS7edge
GS7edge

No, it’s just the icons

TurkishStyle
TurkishStyle

This phone remembers my ex. Ugly as sh#t..

Hambone01
Hambone01

Funny how everyone is complaining about this phone not being so bezeless because of the hole. Yet this is a midrange phone not a flagship phone!

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

Because the s10 has 2 that’s why

GS7edge
GS7edge

Goodness! that hole is huge

arciparci1
arciparci1

and this is how it all started… no headphone jack, a big hole. I had the note2,3,4,5 s7 edge s8,now s9 and i will NOT buy the s10 if it has a hole and no jack. There should have been 2 types of s10, one with no hole and no front camera, and one with a hole and a front camera. I mean is that hard to make a phone with no front camera, i can just flip the phone and use the back one like the old times on the s4

insaner
insaner

Waste of screen surface..I still like my S9+ display. In my humble opinion two front camera setup @ S10+ on the right is such ugly waste..They have to cut out screen watching YT or playing games. :/

Biransahin
Biransahin

That hole is huge.. I hope it’s not on the flagships. Imagine a double one on the plus model. 😕

siaho
siaho

and still has a quite big top bezel… roflmao. Seriously, atleast if they put a hole – remove completely the top bezel. It literally needs a little bit bigger bezel to have a room for the camera + other sensors.

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

They want to go down like Nokia 10 years ago?? Or so lol

Biransahin
Biransahin

Hardly likely given how huge Samsung is. Phones are just one of more than 70 businesses from ship building to health care and military equipment. But I get what you’re saying. This doesn’t look good!

Messibarca92
Messibarca92

Yeah I know was a joke lol

djcbs
djcbs

Well, worth pointing out Nokia was also more than their mobile division. Nothing prevents Samsung Mobile from sinking while the rest of Samsung continues on.
If they continue to lose people – and with phones like these, they will – then inevitably will come a time when it won’t be worth it for the Samsung Corporation to keep Samsung Mobile open.

If they learned anything from Nokia, Blackberry and Motorola, they’ll manage to avoid that. Question is: did they?

locarno
locarno

It is big, and they show black wallpaper in left corner to hide camera. Similar to Apple. They launched iphone with black wallpaper in notch area to hide it.

What about SmartGlow feature ? The ring on the middle camera ?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Interesting enough Huawei honor view 20 has been announced at the same time as a direct competitor. And it’s also has the hole punch but much smaller and the bezels are super thin. This will make the a8s dated and may even put the S10 big bezels to shame

Let’s hope the S10 hole in the screen is smaller! Also that the minimum ram for the range is 6gb with 128 storage.

The a8s bezel still look big. Nearly big enough to store the camera on the front.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

That’s a lot more noticeable than I expected! Imagine a dual version of that!

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Yeah, while Samsung’s official images make it seem smaller. Talk about misleading marketing.

siaho
siaho

also it retains a top bezel that is not that far from what we have in the s9/s9+/note 9… seriously, wtf samsung on that one. It’s really bad, really really bad.

Dcdaniel
Dcdaniel

That’s a stech, the top bezel is at least half of what its currently on their flagships, nowhere near what it’s on the s9

Hambone01
Hambone01

But no one talks about Apple hiding the notch in advertising but when Samsung slightly shows the hole a bit smaller in thier marketing on a midrange phone you comment on this.