Today, Samsung Electronics announced the successor to the Galaxy A 2017 and A7 2017 dubbed the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018). Both smartphones were leaked in tidbits but today Samsung finally lift the curtain from both the smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ both feature an infinity display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and curved glass giving an impression of bezel less display. Both the panels have 1080+ pixels resolution so VR will not be a huge problem.
Under the hood, both phones are powered by Samsung’s in house octa-core Exynos 7885, having two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.6GHz coupled with 4 GB of RAM (though it is speculated that one phone will have 6GB RAM). Internal stirage is 64GB expandable via microSD card with support uto 256GB.
On the bottom is a USB Type-C port and both phones does have IP68 water and dust resistance. The battery capacities are 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh for the smaller and larger models respectively (same combo as Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galay S8+).
The newly announced smartphones also support Bluetooth 5.0 which means they’re capable of streaming audio to two sources at the same time.
The real highlight of both the phones are the cameras. With the announcement of Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018), Sammy has entered the dual-front facing camera market introducing both devices with 6MP F1.7 rear camera having Optical Image stabilization (OIS) and 16MP+8MP F1.9 Dual Front Camera and supporting features like stickers, beauty mode, and Samsung’s Live Focus features, which applies a bokeh-like blur effect to the background of images. Rear cameras do feature optical image stabilization.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ will come with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. It’s a bit disappointing considering a number of devices launching these days are coming with Android 8.0 Oreo.
Pricing and Availability
There is no news on pricing and availability of both devices but expect them to be available any time in January with price tag between $350-$450 in black orchid grey, gold, and blue color options.
Source: Samsung Newsroom