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[Exclusive]: Samsung Galaxy A8S will have a camera hole in the display

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A couple of months ago, Huawei mocked Samsung for not being able to bring about any significant features and changes in its flagship lineups. Samsung, in return, has come up with a pretty solid answer in terms of its latest Galaxy A lineup of smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) has a triple camera setup whereas the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is the world’s first smartphone to have a quad camera setup at the back.

Now, the company aims to take things further by incorporating the front camera and the sensors at the front within the display, thereby eliminating the need for a notch. This will be made possible by making a hole in the display itself.

samsung galaxy a8s front camera and sensors will be in a hole in a screen

As per the report by Letsgodigital, Samsung Electronics filed a patent with USPTO in April this year, the patent entitled ‘Electronic device, including housing on the internet’, was published on October 11, 2018.

The first smartphone which will have such a feature is reportedly going to be the Samsung Galaxy A8S. As a matter of fact, Samsung has started teasing the device as well.

samsung galaxy a8s will have a hole for the front camera

During the launch event of the Samsung Galaxy A9S and the Samsung Galaxy A6S, the company revealed that the first smartphone which will sport the hole-camera technology is already in the works and we might get a taste of it in the coming months.

This would also ensure that we get rid of the dreaded slider mechanisms and the pop-up camera mechanisms for good and get a true bezel-less experience for the first time in Android history.

samsung galaxy a8s hole camera

We all knew that the day when bezels and notches will be gone for good is not too far away, but little did we expect that Samsung will be the pioneer. Kudos to the company for pulling off something noteworthy.

What are your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy A8S? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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The best Android smartphones launched in March 2019: Android Updated picks

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The month of March gave us a lot of Android smartphones. Here are some of the best ones which have recently got launched.

The top 10 best Android smartphones launched in March 2019: Android Updated Picks

the best android smartphones launched in the month of march 2019

  • Vivo V15 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 4e (P30 Lite)
  • ZTE Axon 10 Pro (5G)
  • Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
  • Xiaomi Black Shark 2
  • Vivo X27
  • Samsung Galaxy A40
  • Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2
  • Asus Zenfone Max Shot
  • Oppo A5s

1. Vivo V15 Pro

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Specifications
Status Available. Released 2019, March
Dimensions 157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm (6.19 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.39-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2316 pixels, ~400 ppi density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Topaz Blue, Coral Red, Ruby Red
OS Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU Adreno 612
RAM 6GB/8GB
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Triple camera (48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF 8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide) 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor)
Front camera Motorized pop-up 32 MP, f/2.0
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 3070mAh, Fast battery charging 18W
Charging USB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Under-display
Other features -
Price $340

2. Huawei Nova 4e (P30 Lite)

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Specifications
Status Announced
Dimensions 152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm (6.02 x 2.86 x 0.29 in)
Weight -
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.15-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1080 x 2312 pixels, ~415 ppi density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Pearl white, Magic Night, Garnet Blue
OS Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9 on top
Processor Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
RAM 4GB/6GB
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage No
Primary camera Triple camera (24 MP, PDAF, 8 MP, 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor)
Front camera 32MP, f/2.0
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 3300mAh, Fast battery charging 18W
Charging Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $342

3. ZTE Axon 10 Pro (5G)

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Specifications
Status Not announced yet
Dimensions 159.2 x 73.4 x 7.9 mm (6.27 x 2.89 x 0.31 in)
Weight -
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.47-inch AMOLED display
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Blue
OS Android 9 Pie
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
RAM 6GB
Internal storage 128GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Triple camera (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, OIS, PDAF + 20MP, 11mm (ultrawide) + 8MP (telephoto), PDAF, OIS)
Front camera 20MP
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC Yes
Battery 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
Charging Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price -

4. Samsung Galaxy A2 Core

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Specifications
Status Not announced yet
Dimensions -
Weight -
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 5-inch IPS LCD display
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels, 220 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 16:9
Colors Black, Blue
OS Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
Processor Exynos 7870 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T830 MP1
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 256GB
Primary camera Single camera (8 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm, AF)
Front camera 5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC
Battery 2600mAh (Removable)
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner
Other features -
Price Not revealed yet

5. Xiaomi Black Shark 2

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Specifications
Status Available
Dimensions 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm (6.44 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)
Weight 205 g (7.23 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.39-inch AMOLED display
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Black, Silver, Blue
OS Android 9 Pie
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 ( 7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
RAM 6GB/8GB/12GB
Internal storage 128GB/256GB
Expandable storage No
Primary camera Dual camera (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF + 12MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
Front camera 20MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
3.5mm headphone jack No
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC No
Battery 4000mAh, Fast battery charging 27W
Charging Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Under-display
Other features -
Price $510

6. Vivo X27

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Specifications
Status Not announced yet
Dimensions 157.7 x 74.3 x 9 mm (6.21 x 2.93 x 0.35 in)
Weight 188 g (6.63 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.39-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, ~400 ppi density
Aspect ratio 19.5:9
Colors Blue, Pink
OS Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
GPU Adreno 612
RAM 8GB
Internal storage 128GB/256GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 256GB
Primary camera Triple camera (48MP, f/1.8, 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF + 13MP, (ultrawide) + 5MP, f/2.4, depth sensor)
Front camera Motorized pop-up 16MP, f/2.0
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 4000mAh, Fast battery charging 18W
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Under-display
Other features -
Price $340

7. Samsung Galaxy A40

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Specifications
Status Releasing in April
Dimensions 144.3 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm (5.68 x 2.72 x 0.31 in)
Weight -
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels, 428 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19:9
Colors Black, White, Blue, Coral
OS Android 9 Pie with OneUI on top
Processor Exynos 7885 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core (2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G71
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Dual camera (16MP, f/2.0, PDAF + 5MP, f/2.2, 12mm, (ultrawide))
Front camera 25MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Battery 3100mAh Fast charging 15W
Charging USB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $243

8. Asus Zenfone Max Shot

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Specifications
Status Available
Dimensions 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Weight 165g
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display
Resolution 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 18.7:9
Colors Red, Silver, Blue, Black
OS Android 8 Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz
GPU Adreno 506
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Triple camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
Battery 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $351

9. Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2

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Specifications Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Asus Zenfone Max Shot
Status Available Available
Dimensions 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in) 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Weight 165g 165g
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display
Resolution 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 18.7:9 18.7:9
Colors Red, Silver, Blue, Black Red, Silver, Blue, Black
OS Android 8 Oreo Android 8 Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz Octa-core 1.8 GHz
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Dual camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor) Triple camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
Battery 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+) 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $339 $351

10. Oppo A5s

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Specifications
Status Releasing in April
Dimensions 155.9 x 75.4 x 8.2 mm (6.14 x 2.97 x 0.32 in)
Weight 170 g (6.00 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.2-inch S-IPS LCD display
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels, 271 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 19:9
Colors Black, Red
OS Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 on top
Processor Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU PowerVR GE8320
RAM 3GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 256GB
Primary camera Dual camera (13MP, f/2.2, AF + 2MP, f/2.4, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP, f/2.0
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFC No
Battery 4230mAh
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price Not revealed yet

These are the best Android smartphones launched this month. What are your thoughts on them? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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The Huawei Enjoy 9e will come in a faux leather variant, specifications leaked

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huawei enjoy 9e faux leather back variant

Yet another day, yet another budget smartphone from Huawei gets leaked. This time, we have got the upcoming Huawei Enjoy 9e under the radar. Mysmartprice has recently leaked the specifications and a bunch of press renders of the device which showcases its design language in all its glory.

The render images suggest that the Huawei Enjoy 9e will feature a waterdrop notch at the top. The chin of the device will be fairly wide as we can clearly see the Huawei branding there. At the back, we see the regular game. The Huawei branding is on the bottom left portion of the back. A physical fingerprint scanner is nowhere to be seen. Furthermore, there is just a single rear camera.

In addition to the Black and the Blue color variants, we will get a Brown color variant which will boast of a faux leather back.

huawei enjoy 9e faux leather back variant

The website has also leaked some key specifications of the Huawei 9e. As per the report, the device will be powered with a Helio P35 chipset which will be coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with scope for further expansion (up to 512GB) with the help of an external SD card. A 3,020 mAh battery will fuel the device.

A 6.08-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch will sit at the front. The notch will accommodate the front camera of the device and given that the Huawei Enjoy 9e would not feature a fingerprint scanner, one would have to rely on the facial unlock mechanism to get the job done.

As far as the cameras of the device are concerned, the Huawei Enjoy 9e will feature a single 13MP (f/1.8) rear camera and an 8MP (f/2.0) front camera.

As of now, this is all we know about the device, but we will keep you posted the moment we receive further intel on the same.

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Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 VS Asus Zenfone Max Shot: What’s different?

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Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 vs Asus Zenfone Max shot

Asus recently launched two new smartphones – Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 and Asus Zenfone Max Shot.

While both the devices are more or less the same when it comes to the specifications, there are a few differences here and there which set them apart.

Let’s compare both the smartphones and find out as to which one is the better choice for you.

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Vs Asus Zenfone Max shot: Specifications comparison

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 vs Asus Zenfone Max shot

Specifications Asus Zenfone Max Plus M2 Asus Zenfone Max Shot
Status Available Available
Dimensions 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in) 159.2 x 76.2 x 8.4 mm (6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 in)
Weight 165g 165g
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display 6.26-inch S-IPS LCD display
Resolution 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density 1080 x 2346 pixels, 398 ppi pixel density
Aspect ratio 18.7:9 18.7:9
Colors Red, Silver, Blue, Black Red, Silver, Blue, Black
OS Android 8 Oreo Android 8 Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1 Qualcomm Snapdragon SiP 1
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz Octa-core 1.8 GHz
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 506
RAM 3GB 4GB
Internal storage 32GB 64GB
Expandable storage Yes, up to 512GB Yes, up to 512GB
Primary camera Dual camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor) Triple camera (12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm, PDAF + 8 MP, 13mm (ultrawide) + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor)
Front camera 8MP 8MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
Battery 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+) 4000mAh Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
Charging microUSB 2.0
Fingerprint scanner Rear-mounted Rear-mounted
Other features -
Price $339 $351

These were the main differences between the devices. What are your thoughts on them? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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