It's time for us all to tell the notch to fuck off, because Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy A8. It's a doughnut phone, meaning it avoids the standard notched display in favour of a single hole cut into the screen. That way you still get a front-facing camera that can actually see you, while minimising the amount of lost screen space.
Samsung calls that the Infinity O display, and it looks a lot better than some of the alternatives we've been seeing recently. The downside here is that Samsung has only launched this phone for China for the time being, which means it's going to be quite difficult for you to get your hands on one. Not impossible, but still a lot harder than it would be if they stocked it at Carphone Warehouse.
Specs wise we're looking at a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display (19:5:9 aspect ratio), a Snapdragon 710 processor, a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, microSD expansion, a 3,400 mAh battery, no headphone jack, a triple lens camera system, and runs Android 8.0 (urgh) out of the box. That camera has a 24MP main camera, 10MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. Colour wise we're talking blue, green, and grey.
There's no word on if and when the phone will get an international release, or how much it;s going to be, but pre-orders open in China on 20th December. [Pocket Lint]