Word has been around that Samsung is working on a device lately. Though the first speculations were about a third phone in the Galaxy S9 line or even an S10, they were all wrong and it proved to be the Samsung’s budget device, Galaxy S8 Lite which is also named as Galaxy S light Luxury.
The phone was spotted in TENAA and FCC listings that leaked online which gave us our first look at the specifications of the Galaxy S8 Lite, a budget device with stripped down specs than Samsung’s last year’s flagship.
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In addition to TENAA listings, press renders on Weibo were also released which gave out a better look at the design. Galaxy S8 Lite keeps the design of its powerful predecessor S8, has an infinity display and a glass body with a metal band.
The phone is virtually identical in design to the Galaxy S8. The camera and fingerprint layout is also a carbon copy of that found in the flagship, a single camera is in the middle along with a fingerprint on its right and even has a dedicated Bixby button.
The renders show off the device in two color options, black and red, among which the Red particularly pops out and steals the limelight away.
The S8 Lite’s technical specifications are where the difference between the two devices become clearer. The Galaxy S8 Lite has a 5.8-inch screen with a resolution of 2220×1080, a notable downgrade from the S8’s 2960×1440 resolution.
From a performance perspective, the S Light Luxury will house a mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor which is pretty power efficient and snappy. However, storage space and battery life are both reasonable, sitting at 64GB and 3,000mAh. The S8 Lite’s RAM capacity sits at 4GB, the same amount the default S8 ships with.
As for the camera, the phone will reportedly host a 16MP lens. The phone will also come with Samsung’s iris scanner technology.
Samsung has gone official for the release of the phone. According to the information regarding the invites about the press event, Samsung is set to unveil the S Light Luxury today on May 21 in China. The event will take place at 1:00 PM local time at the Jingdong building.
Since the phone will be launched only in China today, however, we don’t have any idea on when will Samsung make the phone available for other major markets in the world besides China.