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The Galaxy A8s is Samsung's first phone with a hole-punch notch

If 2018 was the year of the notch, 2019 looks like it'll be the year of hole-punch cameras. Following the announcement of the Honor View 20, Samsung's also unveiled its new Galaxy A8s.

The Galaxy A8s was just announced in China and is the first device to use Samsung's Infinity-O screen that was announced at the Samsung Developer Conference In November. While technically still a display with a notch, Infinity-O ditches the expected black bar in the top-middle of the screen for a small hole-punch-like cutout for the camera near the far left corner. It's not as futuristic as devices like the Oppo Find X and Vivo NEX, but it is a lot cleaner than Apple's iPhone X notch that's been copied to death at this point by other Android OEMs.

The display surrounding the camera cutout is a 6.4-inch panel with a resolution fo 2340 x 1080. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 is powering the phone, along with 6 or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a 3,400 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

On the camera side of things, you'll find a 24MP primary sensor, 10MP telephoto lens, and 5MP depth sensor on the back. Around front is a single 24MP selfie camera.

You can pre-order the Galaxy A8s in China right now, but at the time of publishing this article, there's no word on its availability in other parts of the world. If/when that changes, we'll let you know.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • What's the point of this over the Essential's minimalist notch? This just seems like it's floating out in the screen
  • Samsung has been so anti-notch it can't put a notch on any of its phones. Also, I expect the punch-out will be much smaller in the future, meaning it will be less noticeable than it is now.
  • Of course they can't look like a follower as everyone minus a few recent ones found some work around to the notch where everyone else added some sort of iPhone X notch.
  • That ship is saled...they also were pro-headphone jack and now...also anti ips LCD and now no oled
    They don't have a notch because they couldnt keep with the tech for faceID in this mid level phone
  • Dear god please don't let this become the new trend...this looks worse than a notch. Simply for the fact that it's not centered.
  • I would not mind if the camera hole is smaller.
    About 50% smaller then I can live with it.
    or no front camera since I never take a selfie anyway
  • Front cameras are not just for selfies. Have you never had a video chat with friends or family?
  • This has not grown on me yet.... I thought I liked this better than the notch, but I can't seem to really like it yet. Because it's still a frickin obstruction in the symmetry of things. Goodness gracious.
  • As per usual Samsung policy, this will probably be overpriced by around $200, carrying a flagship grade price tag.
  • I need to see it in person
  • I don't see how this is any better than a notch.
  • Less of an eye sore than a notch but that rear design and massive camera tumor hump is cringe worthy.
  • It is worst imo :)
  • This is just as bad as a notch. It is no better than the notch on the Essential phone or the OnePlus 6T.
    And no headphone jack, after all the fuss Samsung have made about others removing it?
  • It is not cleaner than the iPhone X notch or any other notch actually (except may be the poxel 3) it is the same as a side notch, as the space around the hole is useless, it would have been exactly the same experience as if it was a notch! And good luck for apps with buttobs up top to optimize this! The notch is simpler and cleaner