New Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ now available in the US (warranty included)

New Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ now available in the US (warranty included)
Last month, Samsung released the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) in select markets around the world, without mentioning if the phones would be available in the US. We actually asked Samsung about this, but we received a non-answer: the company didn't have any information on the availability of the new A8 series stateside.  

Of course, you can purchase a new A8 or A8+ via third-party sellers on Amazon or eBay, but you're not getting US warranty if you do that. Fortunately for folks interested in buying any of these smartphones, retailer B&H Photo Video is now selling both with 1-year US warranty. In the past, B&H has done similar things with other handsets that Samsung didn't officially release stateside - including the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017)

B&H is selling the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) for $479.99, while asking $529.99 for the Galaxy A8+ (2018). Both smartphones are unlocked and compatible with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, but they will not work on Verizon and Sprint. You can get any of the two devices in three color variants: Black, Gold, and Orchid Gray. 

Please note: In case it's not clear, these are international variants of the Galaxy A8 and A8+. They're not officially released by Samsung in the US, but B&H is offering warranty for them anyway.

The new Galaxy A8 and A8+ are Samsung's first mid-range handsets to come with Infinity Displays: 5.6 inches and 6.0 inches, respectively. They certainly have an all-around modern design, though their Super AMOLED screens (both with 1080 x 2220 pixels) are not curved. That aside, you're getting pretty nice features with these phones: 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage space, water-resistance, good battery life (fast charging included), and so on.

New Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ now available in the US (warranty included)

What we don't like about the Galaxy A8 and A8+ is that they run Android 7 Nougat out of the box. Samsung will update them to Android 8 Oreo in the near future, but it's a shame to see decent handsets running Nougat in 2018. Anyway, if you're in the market for a reliable mid-range phone - which means you won't be waiting for the high-end, expensive Galaxy S9 series - you can order a Galaxy A8 (2018) or Galaxy A8+ (2018) via the source links below.

source: B&H (Galaxy A8, Galaxy A8+)

Related phones

Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Galaxy A8+ (2018)
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. deewinc

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Sexy device

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1155; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Wow can't believe they are selling the A series in US! Bring it to best buy and amazon.

4. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

I'm also quite very suprised Samsung is officially bringing the A-series to the United States. Finally!

7. Florin.T

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

The phones are not officially released. It's just B&H that decided to bring them to the US while offering warranty.

12. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Oh, thanks for the correction. I misunderstood then.

5. kabel

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Warranty through who? Those phones you provided links for are international variants that happen to support some ATT or T-Mobile LTE bands. Samsung USA would not honor any warranty. You are on your own (meaning square trade ...). The author has been drinking ...

6. Florin.T

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Warranty is provided by B&H - a reputable US-based retailer.

8. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

mid Soc, mid Cameras, mid battery, high price the prices are to close to Oneplus 5T and other.

10. Ayman123

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 01, 2017

Better design...best front camera...nice back camera quality ....superb battery life...Gorgeous Display...decent loudspeaker and premium body which r a lot better than its price range...A8 is good though..A8+ is expensive ...plus it has a AOD with is useful (for me)

9. Ayman123

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 01, 2017

Nice phone...in Malaysia it's just priced at about MYR1799 / $ 460 (A8) and MYR2499 / $640 (A8+) ....great selfie camera and premium body with gorgeous Infinity Display...Nougat isn't a dealbreaker cuz they have more features than other smartphone maker who uses the Stock Android in Oreo...Samsung will update it soon

11. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Sadly, here in the Philippines, the A8 series costs P10,000 ($200) more than their predecessors being P26,990 ($540) for the A8 and P32,990 ($660) for the A8+. They cost just like the S7 series when they first launched. Right now, if I would consider buying any of these two, I would rather get the Galaxy Note FE which is just priced at P27,990 ($560) and offers way more features and better specs...

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