Samsung's flagship handset range, the Galaxy S series, should be getting a new release in February next year, most likely during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the meantime, there's the Galaxy A8s, which appears to boast many of the same features as its more expensive sibling. Here's what it offers.
While many are waiting for the S10 with bated breath, Samsung has dropped a bunch of information about its newest handset, the Galaxy A8s.
The new model will bring a 6.4-inch display running at a 19.5/9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 2340 x 1080, and Samsung's new "Infinity-O" display. At one point, that moniker was considered as a potential option for the anticipated Samsung folding phone but it seems that the "Infinity" brand will be used for a number of different displays and form factors.
Beneath the display lies a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and it looks like there will be two configurations; one with 6GB RAM, the other with 8GB RAM. That's a lot of memory for a smartphone which makes me wonder what Samsung has planned that would need so much RAM.
We've already commented on Samsung's multi-camera array in the A9s which boasts four cameras to the back. But the A8s has a more reasonable three camera array.
The front camera supports the 'hole' design we noted in a leaked Samsung Galaxy S10 image that we reported on yesterday. So it looks like the hole is the next iteration of the notch.
Interestingly, according to a report (I used Google translate so the exact translation here may be a little off), the president of Samsung Electronics Greater China, Qian Guixian, said innovative features would be appearing in mid-range models, sometimes before the company's flagship products.
At the moment, it's hard to argue against the proposition that Samsung is leading the smartphone race when it comes to bringing innovative new features to their handsets faster than almost anyone.
I'm tipping that by this time next year, the hole will be gone and Samsung will have mastered the engineering required to place a camera under the display - thus doing away with anything that impedes having a true full-sized screen that covers the entire front surface.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy A8s open this month although Australian availability has not been confirmed. If we get a local release, this could be an excellent, wallet-friendly alternative to the S10.
Samsung is planning to revolutionise the smartphone industry - and notched displays could be first on the chopping block. The company recently unveiled a cavalcade of new technologies in development, including "under-screen" sensors and cameras. Yes, cameras. This changes everything.