Samsung launches its first Android Go smartphone

by Lawrence Cooper August 27, 2018, 3:07
Samsung launches its first Android Go smartphone

Samsung Electronics on Friday officially launched the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone in 56 markets around the world, including South Korea, the US, Canada, China and India, as well as all of Europe and Southeast Asia. 8GB of storage is what you will have to get used to, and a resolution of 540 x 960 on a five-inch TFT screen.

Samsung claims that Galaxy A8 Star's rear camera can intelligently adapt to lighting conditions and choose the flawless lens, according to the prevailing conditions. The handset also features a 16-megapixel + 24-megapixel dual rear camera. The phone will be sold in retail stores starting September 5, says Samsung. Hardware side of things, the Galaxy A8 Star packs the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The sale of the smartphone will begin through Amazon India on August 27.

The Galaxy A8 Star comes laden with Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience UI on top.

Smartphones aren't getting any cheaper as today Samsung has launched sales of their Note 9 in Canada, which comes ahead of Apple's widely expected iPhone refresh next month. The dual-SIM smartphone has a hybrid slot that can accept microSD cards of up to 512GB.

Coming to the optics, the dual camera setup on the back includes a 16MP PDAF primary sensor and a 24MP secondary sensor both with f/1.7 aperture. The front camera is 24MP (with aperture f/2.0). There's also a 3.5mm audio port and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Here's something I heard a lot from viewers when I said that Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 was actually worth the thousand bucks it costs: "no, dude". With the Galaxy A8 Star, Samsung has offered Bixby integration, which is Samsung's own virtual assistant.

The new Note 9 has their S Pen with new Bluetooth support to allow control of phone functions and a huge 4,000 mAh battery.


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