Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury announced in China as a mid-range Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury has been announced in China with a 5.8-inch infinity display, effectively making it a budget version of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The device has a Snapdragon 660 alongside 4GB of RAM, making it already a pretty decent smartphone. The fingerprint scanner is in the same place and the Bixby button still resides on the side of the device. It looks exactly like the Samsung Galaxy S8.
While it looks exactly like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the similarities stop there. As we’ve established, the system-on-chip has already been downgraded from the Snapdragon 835 down to the Snapdragon 660. Even further, the Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury has a completely different camera – specs wise, anyway. The back camera is a 16MP single shooter, while the front remains 8MP. It comes with IP68 water resistance too, along with wireless charging support, facial recognition, and iris recognition support. The display comes in at 5.8 inches with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 in an FHD+ resolution. It has a 3,000 mAh battery and also supports Samsung Pay. The Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury also launches with Android Oreo, meaning so long as it can be unlocked you can make use of Project Treble.
The device is available for purchase from the Chinese site JD.com for ¥3999, or $626. Those pre-ordering it can get it for even cheaper at ¥3699 or $579. Those purchasing the device will also get a free set of AKG earphones, just like when you purchase the Samsung Galaxy S8. There’s no information yet on whether the device will make its way overseas, but it’s unlikely given that the device launched in China first. It very well could be an attempt at trying to steal market share from competitors like Xiaomi. Still, there’s nothing really stopping you importing it if you want to give it a try.