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Samsung Galaxy A8s may make it to other markets after all

The Samsung Galaxy A8s may make it to South Korea soon. (Source: XDA)
The Samsung Galaxy A8s may make it to South Korea soon. (Source: XDA)
The Samsung Galaxy A8s caused somewhat of a stir on release, as it is the first-to-market device with the latest Infinity-O display. This is Samsung's take on the notchless, punch-hole-camera front panel for smartphones. It was assumed that the A8s was for the Chinese market only; however, a new report suggests that it will also be launched in South Korea soon.

It would be useful and instructive to be able to test out or review the Galaxy A8s before considering the purchase of a brand-new Galaxy S10-line phone. This is due to increasingly pervasive and convincing rumors that this flagship series will incorporate the new Infinity-O type of display, which moves the selfie camera into a corner of the display so as to avoid the use of a notch. The Galaxy A8s is the first device to come with this new type of screen. Unfortunately, its status as a Chinese-market device makes sourcing one potentially more difficult, expensive or both.

However, new listings with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the WiFi Alliance indicate that Samsung is finally bringing the A8s out of China. These listings refer to a phone with the model number SM-G887N. It has been established that the Galaxy A8s is the SM-G887; however, it also bears an 'O' suffix, which, as correspondents have also observed, is Samsung nomenclature for its Chinese-market products. N, on the other hand, indicates that a device is to be sold in South Korea, just as F is typically associated with Europe.

Therefore, it appears that Samsung is preparing Galaxy A8s units for distribution in its own native country. It will be interesting to see if it will also release this device in others, or if it will gamble on Infinity-O uptake on a global scale via the S10 launch alone.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 5 (Update: 2019-01- 5)