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Samsung's next dual camera phones are the anti-Note 8

The phone giant's second and third phones to get two rear cameras are basic, run-of-the-mill Androids.

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The Galaxy Note 8 became Samsung's first phone to have dual rear cameras, but just two weeks later, the company has already taken the wraps off of two new dual-camera phones that couldn't be less like the Note: the Galaxy J7+ and the Galaxy C8.

Both much more affordable, much more basic Android phones, the presence of two lenses on the back is basically the only thing the Galaxy J7+ and Galaxy C8 have in common with their top-notch sibling. There's Android, but no integrated S Pen stylus; there's a fingerprint reader, but no Bixby Voice software.

It seems that for Samsung, the dual camera floodgates are open, with or without premium features.

The Samsung Galaxy C8 shows that dual-cameras aren't just for the Note 8.

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That's a good thing. When we look at the biggest phone trends of the past year or so, dual cameras rank up there with thinner bezels. The double camera setup appears on all sorts of phones ranging from high-end flagships, like the iPhone 7 Plus and LG V30 to affordable options, like the Huawei Honor 9. Samsung is clearly angling to do the same.

In fact, we're already hearing rumors that the Galaxy S9 will get dual cameras, too. (Samsung didn't respond to a request for comment on this.) 

Samsung Galaxy J7+ specs:

  • 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras
  • 5.5-inch display with 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 32GB storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Front facing fingerprint sensor
  • Sells in Thailand for 12,900 baht (that's about $390, £300 or AU$485)

Samsung Galaxy C8 specs:

  • 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras
  • 16-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 5.5-inch display with 1,920x1,080 pixel resolution
  • Octa-core processor
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 64GB storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Front facing fingerprint sensor
  • Sells in China; pricing is not yet available. No word yet on other countries that will get the phone.
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