In-screen camera cutout seen on screen protector allegedly made for Samsung Galaxy A8s

In-screen camera cutout seen on screen protector allegedly made for Samsung Galaxy A8s
Late last month, Samsung introduced a trio of new handsets including the Galaxy A8s. While Samsung didn't provide the specs for the phone, it did say that the unit would carry "first-time adoption" technology. A teaser produced by the manufacturer showed what appeared to be a bezel-less all screen display without a notch. At the time, tipster Ice Universe said that Samsung would place a small cutout in a top corner of the display for the front-facing camera.

Since then, Samsung has put a name on its use of an in-screen camera. The "Infinity O" panel, as dubbed by Sammy, features a small cutout in the top left corner for the front-facing selfie snapper. Today, SlashLeaks posted a photo of what is allegedly a screen protector for the Galaxy A8s. The image shows an in-screen cutout in the upper left corner of the screen, as you would expect.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, due early next year, could also have an Infinity O display. By using an in-screen camera, a phone manufacturer doesn't need to use a notch or pop-up camera in order to offer a bezel-less edge-to-edge display.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s is rumored to have the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform under the hood, along with 6GB of RAM inside. The handset is believed to be among the first from Samsung to have an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and keeping the lights on could be a 3000mAh battery. On back, the phone will reportedly feature a vertically mounted tri-camera setup. Germany's All About Samsung published some concept renders (translated) of the Galaxy A8s, which you'll find at the top of this article. If the screen protector and the concept renders are legit, the Galaxy A8s just might be the first phone from Samsung to use the Infinity O panel.

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29 Comments

1. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Great

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If they're going to make it a hole, why not put it all the way in the corner?

18. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Agreed, maybe to avoid being called a notch. lol.

28. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And defy the laws of physics where you need space for the module?

2. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

The hole looks pretty good, glad they decided to place it on the side. Less obtrusive when viewing in landscape. Hope they launch this soon as I'm sure other OEMs are already implementing this design.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The only problem is that while Samsung apps will be tailor-made to deal with this kind of camera hole, regular Android apps probably will have to run at less than full screen. I just can't imagine that a regular Android app would be able to know how to work around it, so it would have to display with a black bar up around that area instead. Developers are only used to working with a notch in the middle of the screen, which is why they have created work arounds with that knowledge. Again, just my guess.

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Samsung just being Samsung making more fragmentation to Android world.

3. JamesSv

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

The hairs on my chinny chin chin

4. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I've screen protectors with cutouts for sensors earpieces and cameras that were just clean cuts in the glass. So unless this is fake my question would be: Why would they add a black ring around the hole? This would just make the hole extra noticeable on what is supposed to be usable screen surrounding it...

9. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I was wondering the same. Why would there even be a cutout? Just place a slab of glass on the front screen. Only thing I could think, as to why the black circle is there is to isolate light reflecting/leaking from the display to the screen protector, into the camera hole

20. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's just like the current screen protectors they don't cover sensors and front facing camera, it could reduce performance by adding extra layer.

27. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Thanks for the reply Carlitos, but I have to disagree with your points. 1. A "slab" of glass over the lens could add distortion, flare, or any other kind of light anomaly entering the lens. Thus having a negative affect on the photos. The screen protector would have to be specifically designed to be placed in front of a lens like a uv filter over an slr camera lens. And they are definitely not designed for that purpose, which is why all the ones I've seen have cutouts. 2. If the diameter of the cutout was the right size there should be no issue with light reflections off the screen re-entering the camera. And also if light from the screen is a real issue here then Samsung could just have the screen shut off the pixels surrounding the lens when in selfie mode. On an oled screen (such as the A8s would sport) this should work flawlessly. Cheers.

29. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

A clear/transparent ring would have been better. I think they used a rubber/plastic ring to protect damage of the cutout.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Look beautiful already, even not complete working phone.

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

Maaaan this is sooo satisfying.. thank you samsung ..

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

I'm wondering if Chinese companies will rip off this one alsoo

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Do you really need to wonder? O mean seriously?!

12. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 376; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I woudlnt put it past them, no shade to chinese OEMs. They probably visit all the tech sites for leaks and think 'ill take it' lol.

23. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You mean the same way that Samsung is ripping off triple camera's, gradient finishes and in screen FPS from Chinese OEM's.

25. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can't RIP off industry standards. You can copy them though.

10. mclaren113

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Where's the news for Microsoft surpassing Apple as the most valuable US company?

15. midan

Posts: 3002; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It was false information, so good for phonearena that they haven't wrote about it yet.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It did happen.https://tech2.org/microsoft-briefly-surpasses-apple-as-the-most-valuable-company-in-the-us-uu/ And since they write several article about Apple being "1 trillion company", they should write another article about Apple dropped from "1 trillion company".

22. midan

Posts: 3002; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Update: Due to changes in outstanding share counts, Apple still leads Microsoft by $26 billion. This means Microsoft did not pass Apple in market cap as we reported, and others continue to report. Apple’s market cap is $817.6 billion, compared to Microsoft’s $791 billion. Our original story is below and we apologize for the error."

24. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Yup outstanding share count changes, which translates to Apple is once again on a massive share buyback to try and stop the fall in value (almost 20% in 2 weeks.). Not an illegal move but very much frowned upon in the trading world as it falsely makes a company seem more stable than it is.

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It was not. Youre false information and a poor brain can never handle facts. Just like Trump. You don't believe facts even when presented to you. Apples cap has fallen below MS and will fall below others really soon. Exactly what they need. Like you, you both need a rude awakening

11. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Why would screen protector have a cutout with exaggerated border? Somebody fire this designer.

16. LEEDAQ

Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

xiao mi mix series already have done this setting

21. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

i'm really excited about this... step in the RIGHT direction when it comes to a full screen. Here's hoping apple already making deals with samsung for their future phones. my questions is: why isnt samsung introducing this design with a flagship like Galaxy S or Note?

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