Samsung Joins the Hole-Punch Bandwagon With Galaxy A8s

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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005930) has just unveiled its new Galaxy A8s. And after months of speculation, we can finally witness the debut of the Infinity-O design with Samsung. Let us look into Samsung’s announcement with a little more detail.

The Infinity-O is just the name decided for the in-display camera technology. Another name for it can be the Hole-in-Active-Area or Hole-Punch technology. Here, the camera lens is actually inside the touch-screen display, rather than outside it. 

Many smartphones vendors have been trying to do away with the traditional front camera placement technology for some time now. Companies like Oppo and Vivo have even tried the sliding notch to work their way around it with pop-up cameras. But this is truly revolutionary. It is safe to expect a lot of smartphone OEMs following the suit to include this technology in their upcoming handsets.

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Drawbacks of the Hole-Punch Technology

While the in-display camera tech might be the next big thing in the smartphone market, it does come with its share of drawbacks. Although no official videos of usage and performance have come yet, one aspect which will be hampered is its face unlock technology.

The cameras with the front camera lenses outside the display are able to support the Advanced 3D based Face Unlock technology. This eliminates the security issues involved with the face unlock to a great extent. However, the in-display camera lens won’t be able to incorporate it. If they want to use face unlock, they will have to revert back to a less secure, 2D based Face Unlock technology. This will mean that there is a possibility that the phone might be unlocked with a mere photo of the owner. 

However, they do have an alternative to this. They can actually let it go in favour of a fingerprint sensor. The Samsung Galaxy A8s does appear to have a sensor for the very purpose. However, the device doesn’t seem to have the in-display fingerprint sensor yet. If rumours are to be believed, Samsung might be looking to incorporate it in Galaxy S10.

Samsung Galaxy A8s: Not The Only One With Hole-Punch

The Samsung Galaxy A8s has increased the tally of the Hole-Punch tech smartphones up to 3. The other smartphones exhibiting the same technology are Huawei’s Nova 4 and Honor’s View 20. While the former is awaiting a formal announcement on the 17th of December, the View 20 is predicted to be announced officially on December 26, in China.

Specifications of the Galaxy A8s

The Galaxy A8s doesn’t come across as an absolute must-have phone, but that doesn’t mean it is a failure already. It does indeed exhibit decent specs, other than a slow Qualcomm Processor. Its specifications are listed below:-

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  • 6.4-inch LCD display (2,340 x 1,080 resolution)
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 512GB)
  • 3,400 mAh battery
  • Triple cameras: 24-megapixel (f/1.7) main camera, 10-megapixel telephoto camera (f/2.4), 5-megapixel camera (f/2.2) for depth-sensing
  • 24-megapixel selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor on Rear

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