Samsung’s officially pushed the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) out into the world after weeks of rumors spilled the beans on the duo. As expected, the phones have taken the Galaxy S8 as its inspiration in the design department.
That’s because both the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) feature an 18.5:9 FHD+ Infinity Display, with the former measuring 5.6-inch and the latter 6-inch. Size isn’t the only difference, as the first has a smaller 3000mAh battery and the second a 3500mAh unit. The Plus variant additionally gets a 6GB RAM model in addition to the 4GB RAM one.
Interestingly enough, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) appear to be sequels to the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017), and not the original Galaxy A8. The new devices are the first A series smartphones to be compatible with the Gear VR headset, an honor reserved only for Samsung’s flagships till date.
The main knockout feature of Samsung’s latest mid-rangers is its dual selfie camera setup consisting of 16MP and 8MP lenses. Users can switch between the two to take close-ups with the background or portrait shots with a clear background. A Live Focus tool lets them apply the bokeh effect before or after the image is clicked.
Common specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018):
– Display: 5.6-inch/6-inch Super AMOLED, 1080 x 2220 pixels
– OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
– Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– CPU: octa-core Exynos 7885
– Battery: 3000mAh/3500mAh
– Camera: 16MP rear, 16MP + 8MP front
– Connectivity: 4G, Wi-Fiac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
Unfortunately, Samsung’s decided not to disclose just how much the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) will be priced at when the pair come out in January. The handsets will probably be more affordable than the Galaxy S8, making either an appealing option for those who want to hop on the bezel-less bandwagon without spending a bomb.