Samsung has been rumored to be working on a smartphone with model number G8850 for sometime now. While it was initially reported that G8850 is same as the Galaxy S Light Luxury launched last month, the smartphone has surfaced once again with a purported name of Galaxy A9 Star. The purported device has once again appeared in the form of a short hands-on video.
The leaked hands-on video posted by Slashleaks shows that the Galaxy A9 Star with codename G8850 will be thinner, taller and wider than the Galaxy S9+ in terms of dimensions. Like the iPhone X and other Chinese counterparts, it will feature a dual rear camera setup placed at the top corner. The dual shooter at the back is expected to combine a 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors. The selfie camera, on the other hand, is expected to use a 24-megapixel sensor as well.
The Samsung Galaxy G8850 has also stopped by TENAA, China’s telecom authority, which reveals key specifications of the smartphone. Since the launch of Galaxy S Light Luxury, the telecom authority has updated the specifications further suggesting it is a different device altogether. The listing shows that the Galaxy device with model number G8850 will house a large 3,700mAh battery. In terms of hardware, the smartphone is said to feature a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2220 x 1080 pixel translating to 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
The Galaxy A9 Star with model number G8850 will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and is expected to arrive with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The smartphone will also support expandable storage via microSD card slot. The Galaxy S Light Luxury launched last month was essentially a Galaxy S8 with low-power processor and a lower resolution screen. The Galaxy A9 Star leaked online could well be the “Light Luxury” version of the Galaxy S9+.
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Samsung is known to launch cheaper versions of its flagship device with weaker processor and lower-resolution display. While it remains the leader in global smartphone segment, it is continuously being threatened by Chinese smartphone makers. The cheaper devices with design similar to that of flagship devices could help Samsung stay competitive against the new players.