Samsung’s recently-announced mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), bear the design heritage and user experience of the Samsung Galaxy S8 with features like Infinity Displays and IP68-certified dust and water resistance. Samsung shared details on Tuesday about the Galaxy A8 and A8+ smartphones. On the front is Samsung’s first dual selfie camera – a 16MP + 8MP combo. The Live Focus feature lets you chose whether the background is in focus or blurred to a soft bokeh. The phone will seamlessly switch between the two front cameras to get the effect you need.
“With the release of the Galaxy A8(2018) and A8+(2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design,” said Junho Park, Vice President of Global Product Planning – Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, in a press statement.
Samsung Galaxy A-series is getting premium, and there’s no doubt about it. However, the Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) isn’t the first smartphone in its class that offers the 18:9 display and a premium design. In fact, the Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) gets competition from the OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. The two smartphones have been praised for their designs and most importantly they are already available in the market unlike the Galaxy A8 Plus (2018).
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Features
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018) both sport an IP68-certified build and come with Samsung Pay integration. Also, the smartphones are the first in the Galaxy A series to support the company’s Gear VR headset. Both will come in four colour options, namely, Black, Blue, Gold, and Orchid Grey – targeting millennials and young customers.
Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ Specifications
Specification-wise, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat-running Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) appear as the successors to the company’s Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). The Galaxy A8 (2018), among the two, features a 5.6-inch full-HD+ (2220×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio (the same as the Samsung Galaxy S8). While the Galaxy A8+ (2018) has a 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. There is a curved glass protection on top of the Infinity Display panels. Identical to the ones featured on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Under the hood, both the smartphones have an octa-core chip with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.6GHz. The Galaxy A8 (2018) has 4GB RAM, whereas the Galaxy A8+ (2018) comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM options.