Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ land with Infinity Display and dual front camera



Samsung was heavily rumored to skip a step with its midrange Galaxy A line, going directly to an A8 and A8+ naming scheme, instead of sticking with the usual A3, A5 or A7 (2018) model titles. Lo and behold, the rumors turned out to be true, and Samsung just made the Galaxy A8 and A8+ official. It makes sense, too, as releasing an A8 and A8+ models moves Samsung's midrangers in lockstep with the flagship Galaxy S line in terms of titling, simplifies its roster for users, and leaves less barely-different choices to pick from in each category. 

Design


The similarities with the S8 and S8+, and the eventual ones with the S9 and S9+ don't end up with the naming only. Samsung's newest midrangers are made entirely of glass, and sport the Infinity Display design of their flagship siblings, albeit in a more unrefined form, with thicker top and bottom bezels, and no flexible, side-sloping displays. The 5.6" and 6" 1080x2220 pixels displays still keep Samsung's weird signature 18.5:9 aspect ratio, though. Samsung itself acknowledges  that the A8 and A8+ fit "the stunning ergonomic design that draws on Samsung’s flagship design heritage and experience" in the presser.

Processor and memory


So, what are these two waterproof, IP68-certified beauties powered by? An octa-core Exynos chipset with 2.2 GHz maximums, coupled with 4GB RAM (the A8+ has a 6GB RAM version with 64 GB storage as well). Internal memory strikes above the midrange crowd with up to 64GB models, while the battery packs are 3000mAh and 3500mAh, respectively.

Camera


If you expected good 12MP cameras with large 1.4micron pixels like on the flagship line, you are in for a disappointment. The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are equipped with a single 16MP camera with f/1.7 lens on the back, and dual 16MP fixed focus (f/1.9) + 8MP (f/1.9) selfie snapper at the front. We don't expect wonders from these kits, as last year's A7 also had 16MP cameras with small pixel sensors and pretty mediocre snappers, but Samsung may pleasantly surprise us, as there is much wider aperture and phase-detection autofocus on the rear now, and a dual camera at the front for some pleasant portrait selfie photography.


Price and release date


How much for the Galaxy A8 and A8+? They will be available in January in black, orchid grey, gold and blue for about EUR499 and EUR599, respectively, and the fact that the pricing is given in European currency should hint at you that we might never see these two released officially on a US carrier.

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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16 Comments

1. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

The front looks like LG G6.

2. july1999

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 30, 2016

Overpriced.

3. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

500 and 600 euro? Samsung has lost their mind.

4. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sadly they will sell well regardless of the price.now a days you can stick Samsung logo on the plastic bag and people will buy it

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's to fill the price gap in their 2018's lineup.. $699-$799 for flagships $500-$600 for A8 and A8+ $400-$500 for A3 and A5 J and C series for lower price range If I really need to buy phone next month and only have 500-600 EUR to spend, I'd rather get an S8

10. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

There won't be A3 nor A5.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why not? this A8 and A8+ use 5.6" and 5.8" screen. I;m sure they'll release another A series with smaller screen size

13. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Samsung changed naming of A-series so that it matches S-series. A5 = A8 (like S8) A7 = A8+ (like S8+) If there's going to be "A3" it will be most probably named S9 Mini.

7. amir1999 unregistered

No OIS ?!

11. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Seems it's equipped only with EIS.

8. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Too expensive with these specifications.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Samsung is surely an innovator along with Google. The A8, like the Pixel 2 XL, are the only phones with tall screen AND large bezels. Everything a user would NOT want.

16. deleon629

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Tell that to an IPhone 6, 7, and 8 owner lol Seriously though, not everyone's okay with the bezeless look & honestly, unless you're a tech geek-of which I am included-it's actually quite annoying to have an all glass; curved phone that still has mediocre palm rejection software, mind you

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No project treble on a 2018 phone

15. gamehead unregistered

This cost just as much as a S8 on sale...

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