Samsung has unveiled the updates for its prime mid-range A-series phones. The new A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) come with wider Infinity Edge displays, waterproofing and dual front-facing cameras.
Design and Display
The metal-based design now comes with added functionality thanks to its IP68 certification (allowing dust and water resistance), and comes in Black, Gold, Grey and Blue.
The display also comes with a wider Infinity Edge design, in either 5.6 or 6-inch (A8+) iterations. It comes with a curved glass panel.
Internals and Storage
Under the hood, you get an octa-core processor with 4 GB RAM on the smaller version, with the Plus version coming with optional 6 GB RAM. Storage options range between either 32 or 64 GB, with microSD card slots on both phones.
The back comes with a bright 16 MP f/1.7 sensor with LED Flash and digital image stabilization. Hyper Lapse mode is also available.
More-importantly, the front comes with a dual 16 + 8 MP sensor, with Live Focus allowing background blur.
The battery is one of the few aspects not shared between the two devices, with the smaller phone coming with a 3,000 mAh cell and the Plus version coming with a 3,500 mAh unit. Both support fast-charging.
The Galaxy A8 will be available for 499 Euros, while the A8+ available for 599 Euros. More details should follow at the CES event next month.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)/A8+ (2018) Specifications
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core
- Chipset: TBA
- OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UI
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
- 5.6-inch Super AMOLED with FHD+ (1080 x 2220) resolution (6-inch on A8+)
- RAM: 4/6 GB (6 GB for A8+ only)
- Internal: 32/64 GB
- Card slot: yes
- Primary: 16 MP, LED flash, f/1.7, PDAF
- Secondary: 16 MP (f/1.9) + 8 MP (f/1.9)
- Connectivity: USB-C, NFC, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 3000 mAh, 3,500 mAh (A8+) fast-charging supported
- Price: €499, €599 (A8+)