Samsung Announces Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) with Infinity AMOLED Display

Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus 2018

Samsung today added two new smartphones to its Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018). These are here to replace their 2016 predecessor. The device comes with upgraded specs and are dressed in S8's attire, which gives them a stunning elegant look.

The first notable change is Samsung has brings its Infinity display into the "A" segment of its Galaxy series, giving them a distinct appearance from the rest of their family. Now that we mentioned the infinity display, we are talking about the likes that is seen on Galaxy S8's and Note8.

The Galaxy A8 (2018) is more compact considering its 5.6-inch display when compared with Galaxy A8+ 6-inch display. The displays are AMOLED ofcourse, and each features a brilliant Full HD+ (2220x1080) resolution with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The elongated display leaves no room for Samsung signature home button and so the fingerprint scanner has been shifted to the back.

Galaxy A8 2018 rear view

Besides their refreshed looks, these also sports dual front-facing camera, which makes them the first Samsung Galaxy smartphone to offer such selfie-centric features. They, however, comes with a single rear camera. The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ 2018 are waterproof certified with IP68 rating, meaning, they can survive in up to 1.5 meters deep of water for 30 minutes. The phones are dustproof as well.

Disappointingly, Samsung has chosen to installed the nearly-dated Android 7.1 Nougat OS on both device. Android 8.0 Oreo update may be provided in the near future, but there is no official confirmation on it yet.

Galaxy A8 (2018) Specifications

  • 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2220x1080) resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 64-bit 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 8875 processor, Mali G71 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB built-in storage (expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card)
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture; secondary 8-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5, 4G VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3000mAh, adaptive fast charging
  • Dimensions: 149.2 × 70.6 × 8.4mm
  • Weight: 172 grams
  • Colour(s): Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, Blue

Galaxy A8+ (2018) Specifications

  • 6-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2220x1080) resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 64-bit 2.2GHz octa-core Exynos 8875 processor, Mali G71 GPU
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB built-in storage (expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card)
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, f/1.7 aperture, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture; secondary 8-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5, 4G VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3500mAh, adaptive fast charging
  • Dimensions: 159.9 × 75.7 × 8.3mm
  • Weight: 191 grams
  • Colour(s): Black, Orchid Grey, Gold, Blue

The Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) pricing starts at €499 ($588) and €599 ($706), respectively. They'll be available in European countries in January 2018 and from there will roll out to other select markets.

Update (23-12-17)

Samsung has revealed the pricing and availability details of its two latest smartphones for Vietnam market few days after it officially announced the device. The Galaxy A8 (2018) according to Samsung will costs VND 10,990,000 (US$484), while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) will be priced at VND 13,490,000 (US$595). Both device will arrive to Vietnam on January 6 next year.
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