Samsung Galaxy A8s: The First Smartphone with Groundbreaking Design Infinity-O Display

Jan 16. 2019

High Screen-to-body Ratio Elevates Viewing Enjoyment

Triple Rear Camera Captures Stunning Images

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Hong Kong – January 16, 2019 – Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. today launched the Galaxy A8s, the first smartphone with Infinity-O Display, offering unprecedented boundless viewing experience to users. The Galaxy A8s comes with a 6.4-inch 19.5:9 high screen-to-body ratio, a mere thickness of 7.4mm, as well as a triple rear camera, and powerful and efficient performance, setting a new industry benchmark for mid-tier smartphones.

 

“As the leader who innovates the global smartphone industry, Samsung understands consumers are demanding more from technology nowadays. Backed by our outstanding research and development of innovative technologies for smartphones, we are very delighted to introduce another revolutionary product to the Galaxy A series – Galaxy A8s – and unleash brand new design possibilities for the industry. The groundbreaking ultra-high screen-to-body ratio offers a unique user experience,” said Yiyin Zhao, Managing Director of Hong Kong.

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Momentous Infinity-O Display Design Offers Boundless Viewing Enjoyment

The Galaxy A8s is the first-ever Samsung smartphone to deploy Infinity-O Display technology, which offers users a more immersive and expansive viewing experience. The front camera is uniquely placed at the top left corner of the display, and the screen-to-body ratio is raised sharply to 19.5:9, further enhancing the boundless viewing enjoyment. In addition, for a more user-friendly Infinity-O Display, touchscreen function is added to the front camera. Users just need to swipe towards the right bottom corner to quickly launch the camera. A light serves as a reminder when users switch to front camera or use the selfie camera timer.

 

The Galaxy A8s comes with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display and a thin body measuring at only 7.4mm, which is thinner than most mid-tier smartphones in the market. The sleek and ergonomic body offers a natural and comfortable grip as users explore the joys of life. The Galaxy A8s comes in Black, Blue and Gradation Black, while the main camera has different camera deco rings to match the body. The stylish design perfectly suits energetic users and the 3D back glass with gradient colors also flawlessly cater to the preference of young users. 

 

Powerful Triple Camera Captures the World You See

Samsung once again equips a mid-tier smartphone with the triple camera, helping users of the Galaxy A8s capture the real world anytime, anywhere. The 24MP main camera with F1.7 wide aperture allows users to take stunning photos, whether it’s in bright environments in the daytime, or lowlight environments at night. The telephoto camera with 10MP, F2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom allows users to take crisp and clear shots even from a far distance. And the depth camera with 5MP, F2.2 and Live Focus functions enables users to take gorgeous portraits and accentuate the pictures’ subjects with real-time or post depth of field adjustment.

 

The Galaxy A8s is equipped with various camera functions powered by artificial intelligence, which help users take outstanding photos. The Scene Optimizer can automatically identify 20 kinds of scenes, including flower, person, food, sunset or sunrise, animals and more; also, it can optimize the saturation, white balance and brightness of photos. Flaw Detection can spot the four most common problems, such as eye blink, lens smudge, motion blur and back light, and notify the user to retake the picture, ensuring not a fantastic moment will be missed. Bixby Vision can identify six modes of surroundings, such as text, shopping, image, place and more, and provides the most useful of these information to users.

 

The front camera of 24MP, together with Smart Selfie Expression, enables users to take high-quality photos even in bright daylight [1] or lowlight environments – the camera will raise the brightness automatically and reduce the noise [2] to create bright and sharp selfies. The built-in Smart Beauty and Pro Lighting features, together with Selfie Focus, assist users to take excellent photos with ease. The Galaxy A8s also supports AR Emoji, AR stickers, stamps and filters to add more fun and creativity to photos.

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From Work to Daily Life, Delivering Excellent Performance

The Galaxy A8s is equipped with Snapdragon 710 processor, with built-in 6GB RAM to ensure high efficiency and performance. The Galaxy A8s comes in a bezel-less design and a full screen. The App Pair feature helps users manage two apps simultaneously and conveniently. Samsung also offers the intelligent assistant Bixby [3] to assist daily lives of users and remind them of their daily schedule. At the same time, the built-in Dual Messenger enables the convenient use of two different accounts in the same messaging tool, perfectly separating messages from work and personal life. Samsung also provides Secure Folder to create a high level of security and encrypted space for storing files and apps, as well as facial and fingerprint authentication, ensuring the smartphone’s security and privacy.

 

The Galaxy A8s supports Samsung Pay [4]  and Smart Octopus, letting users enjoy a safe, simple and convenient mobile payment service, not to mention offers from over a thousand retailers throughout the year.  

 

Exclusive Offers for Galaxy A8s Users

Any purchase of Galaxy A8s can enjoy a two-year of extra 100GB One Drive service for free. Users who trade up their phones through Trade Up for Samsung app will be rewarded with a JBL speaker for free (valued at HKD388), free data transfer service and a special Trade Up offer for designated Samsung models.

Any purchase of Galaxy A8s and Galaxy Watch will be rewarded with a free wireless charger (valued at HKD398).

 

Availability and Suggested Retail Price

Galaxy A8s will be available on the following dates with the suggested retail price:

 

Model

Color

Available Date

Suggested Retail Price

Galaxy A8s (6GB RAM)

Black, Blue, Gradation Black

Jan 25

HKD3,298

 

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Samsung Galaxy A8s Specifications:

Special Features

New Infinity-O display

- New 6.4” infinity-O display FHD+ (1080x2340) TFT (19.5:9)

- New camera deco ring design with 3 unique colors

- Sleek elegance with an ergonomic grip

Best Triple Camera

 1) Intelligent camera (AI camera):

- Scene optimizer: Automatically recognizes 20 kinds of scenes and optimizes color settings

2) 2x optical zoom lens:

- 10MP Telephoto lens with Auto-focus F2.4 aperture

- Produces sharper image when zoom-in

3) Low-light shooting:

- Main camera 24MP with Auto-focus F1.7 aperture

- Takes brighter photo in low-light situation by F1.7 aperture

- Low-light shooting: Integrates 4 pixels into 1 big pixel to get more light

4) Live focus:

- 5MP with F2.2 aperture

- Works together with main camera for adding Bokeh effect to the photos for Live Focus

5) Expressive AR Emoji:

- AR Emoji creates personalized avatar and animated emoji

- Fun emoji could be shared in major SNS (WhatsApp, iMessenger, WeChat, line, SMS, etc.)

Smart selfie expression

- 24MP Front Camera (F2.0 aperture) with Selfie Focus

- Low-light shooting: Integrates 4 pixels into 1 big pixel to get more light

- Makes you more beautiful and fun: allows you to specialize your photos with various options such as AR emoji stickers and filters

Large storage capacity

- Internal storage 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM

- Dual-SIM Dual-Standby^^ (2 SIM card slots)

Wired Fast charging

- 3,400 mAh long-lasting battery

- Wired Fast charging▲▲

- Reversible USB Type-C

A new way to interact with your phone - Bixby

- Bixby Vision: Recognizes object of photo link to images/places/wine/text/QR code

- Bixby Reminder: Get notified when and where you need them

- Other: Bixby Voice (English/Mandarin), Bixby Home

Enriched Features for Convenient life

- Support Samsung Pay##

- Support 4G & 3G in Hong Kong & China (6 mode)++

- Support DOLBY ATMOS™

- Support fingerprint and face recognition

- Dual Messenger: Able to use two different accounts for the same IM

- Secure Folder: Hidden for your protection

Operating Platform***

Android 8.1

Band^^++

4G FDD-LTE: B1(2100), B3(1800), B4(AWS), B5(850), B7(2600), B8(900), B12(700), B17(700)

4G TDD-LTE: B34(2010), B38(2600), B39(1900), B40(2300), B41(2500)

3G CDMA: BC0(800)

3G UMTS(WCDMA): B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900)

3G TD-SCDMA: B34(2010), B39(1880)

2G CDMA: CDMA800

2G GSM: GSM850, GSM900, DCS1800, PCS1900

Dimension

158.4 (L) x 74.9 (W) x 7.4(D) mm

Weight

173g

Display**

6.4”  infinity-O display FHD+ (1080x2340) TFT

Processor

Qualcomm SDM710

Octa Core 2.2GHz + 1.7GHz

Memory

Internal Memory: 128GB (RAM: 6GB)

Color+

Black, Blue, Gradation Black

Battery *

3,400mAh

Camera

 

 

 

Rear Triple Camera (from Upper)

- Rear camera 1 (Telephoto lens): 2x optical zoom lens, 10MP Telephoto lens with AF F2.4 aperture

- Rear camera 2 (Main camera): Low light shooting, 24MP with AF F1.7 aperture

- Rear camera 3 (Live focus lens): 5MP (F2.2), adding Bokeh effect to the photos

- Support Scene Optimizer function (except on Live focus lens)

Front Camera

- 24MP with F2.0 aperture

- Selfie focus mode

Video Recording and Playback

- Playback: UHD(4K): 3840 x 2160 pixel (30fps)

- Recording: UHD(4K): 3840 x 2160 pixel (30fps)

- Quick Launch: Double click Power button to directly access to camera

- Selfie: Gesture control, Voice control

- Beautifying Effect: Eyes, Pro Lighting , Skin, Face, Smart Beauty 

- Shooting Mode: Auto, Hyperlapse, LiveFocus, Panorama, Pro, Selfie, Selfie Focus, Slow Motion, Super Slow-Mo, Wide Selfie, AR Emoji, Scene Optimizer, Beauty, Food

- Effect: Auto, Blossom, Breeze, Classic, Cookie Cream, Cosy, Cream, Deep, Evergreen, Forest, Grayscale, Maple, Memory, Nostalgia, Sunshine, Riddle

- White Balance: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent

- Functions: Exposure value, Face detection, Location tags, Timer, Metering modes, ISO, Voice Control

Music Player

- Type-C Stereo Headset Jack

Audio / Video Play Format

 

- Video Play Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

- Audio Play Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Internet Tool

 

- Play StoreTM

- GoogleTM (Google, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTubeTM, Drive, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Duo, Photos)

- YouTubeTM

- Samsung Galaxy Apps

Connectivity

Data Transfer^^

- LTE Cat12 (600Mbps/150Mbps) / HSPA+ 42.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps / 3G / EDGE / GPRS

Wi-Fi

- IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5.0GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO

- Wi-Fi Direct

Bluetooth#

- v5.0 (A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP)

Data Connectivity

- USB Type-C

Wireless Connectivity

- GPS(Support A-GPS)/ GLONASS/ Beidou/ Galileo

- NFC

* Performance of the battery is subject to the network, signal strength, function, selection and profile.

▲ Actual available memory for end user usage may vary due to pre-configuration. The pre-configuration includes preloaded operating system and applications.

▲▲ It must be charged by dedicated Samsung Charger and Battery.

GPS/A-GPS connection is subject to local network and data services and network providers may charge additional service fees. Additionally, connection times can be affected by external factors, such as surrounding environment, weather, etc

^^ Subject to local network, data and messaging services.

+ For reference only, please check with our staff for details.

++ Support 4G Network in HK and China: FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE; 3G Network in HK: WCDMA; 3G Network in China: TD-SCDMA, WCDMA and CDMA. Subject to local network, data and messaging services. # Stereo Bluetooth is only applicable to specific headsets.

***Please visit www.samsung.com for latest Operating Platform

** Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.4" in the full rectangle and 6.2" with accounting for the rounded corners.

##The use of Samsung Pay in each place is subject to the laws and regulations of the service territory and any other rules determined by the relevant merchant, payment processor, payment network, regulator, and government authority. You should check the service availability for your region before use of Samsung Pay.

 

For more product information, please visit www.samsung.com or contact Samsung customer service hotline at (+852) 3698-4698.

*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice.

 

[1] Under bright daylight, the lens will launch re-mosaic algorithm, producing high-resolution images by using every pixel.

[2] Under dark environment, the front camera will automatically launch 4-pixel merge technology to combine four neighboring pixels as a unit.

[3] Galaxy A8s supports Bixby Voice, Vision, Home and Reminder. Bixby service varies in different countries.

[4] Only supports NFC.

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