Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) goes on sale in Europe for a hefty price


Officially unveiled last month, the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) were supposed to make their debut on the market in the first week of January. If you've been waiting for one of the two smartphones to go on sale, you'll be happy to know that Galaxy A8 (2018) is now up for grabs in the Netherlands.

Other European countries will be getting the phone in the coming days as well, so no matter where you live on the continent, you'll eventually be able to purchase at least one of the two Galaxy A series handsets by the end of the month.

The cheapest of the two smartphones recently introduced by Samsung, Galaxy A8 (2018) isn't cheap at all, as customers will have to come up with no less than €500 to buy this one. Well, at least it's available in three colors: black, gray, and gold.

The Nougat-powered Galaxy A8 (2018) packs Samsung's Exynos 7885 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. Also, the smartphone boasts a stunning 5.6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, along with dual-camera setup (16MP+8MP).

Unfortunately, you'll probably have to wait quite a long time for an Android 8.0 Oreo update since Samsung isn't known for delivering quick OS updates.

source: Samsung via SamMobile

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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)

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26 Comments

1. raerae

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Samsung is the new Apple. Mid rangers + flagship prices.

2. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

$500 is hefty now? Dude, Apple sells midranger for $800-1150. $500 Is not a hefty price for Europe. And that A8 at $500 Is better than any phone in the same price range and is as good as an S, with less fancier hardware capabilities.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Dude, Apple sells midranger for $800-1150." Apple's "midranger" phones make your Galaxy look slow. "And that A8 at $500 Is better than any phone in the same price range and is as good as an S, with less fancier hardware capabilities." Bulls**t. You saying this overpriced crap is better than the 1+5t, 1+5, Honor V10, etc.? Are you high? Get off Sammy's dick.

8. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I think it's a comparable phone to the OP5 and View 10. It has a slightly slower processor(but still much, much faster than midrange SD625 class), but offers things like waterproofing, better camera with OIS, wireless charging etc. Yes, it's no flagship. But neither are OP5 or View 10.

26. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The A series doesn't have OIS this time around. Also, their cameras (as per gsmarenas photo compare tool) quality is a tad below the corresponding Sony mid-range offerring (and that's with some using a crappy mediatek ISP). Cleaner software will make a 630 run just as smooth as a flagship in everything shy of video editing and heavy games. I was considering the A series, but the XA2 likely will fit me better.

23. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

It is better than the 1+5 or 1+5T It has an sd card slot and is ip68 both of which either of the one plus's does not have

24. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

UK price of £499 you get SD835 - 128 Gb storage - 8Gb ram, plus the OnePlus 5T will get Oreo in the next month or so not in a years time. I work outside daily in a rainy country and lack of IP rating has never effected me & with 128Gb onboard who needs an SD card? And you still think the A8 is better?

14. yalokiy

Posts: 1008; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

one can find an s8 for the price.

16. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Due to customers like you, crazy prices are used today by phone manufacturers. Yes, 500 EUR is a hefty price, for this amount you can get a flagship like OnePlus 5T or Essential PH-1. Even Galaxy S8 is very close.

18. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Man the A8+ is sold with a price higher than the s8 and lower by a very small margin than s8+ in my country that's insane

22. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

"Dude, Apple sells midranger for $800-1150. $500 Is not a hefty price for Europe." Hahaha. April 1st comes early this year.

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

That escalated quickly! But then again; so does most things in PhoneArena's Comments Section! In any case; I don't think the price justifies the product. The Exynos 7885 is basically comparable to Snapdragon 660 (albeit with a MUCH weaker GPU) and considering the hefty price of $600 USD (500 Euros); I don't think it's worth it. I'd rather go for something more deserveful of a flagship title like Nokia 8, Pixel 2, OnePlus 5T, LG G6 or... God forbid... An iPhone 7. Or just wait a few months for the price of S8 to go down! And it will after the launch of S9! Oh well, G'Day!

13. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I would add the S7 edge on that list.

17. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Similar to 653, not 660. A8 cant reach 85000 antutu.

19. Cicero

Posts: 1133; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Do not compare Europe market/prices with US market/prices. Usually Chinese phones are not directly represented in Europe and Eur=Usd. Also prices showed in Europe are with taxes included and in US are without taxes. But the price is correct when people accept it. We will see if Samsung has marketed it right. All the comparison are subjective to everybody choice and taste.

7. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Op 5t,honor v10, huawei p10. All under £450.

9. kotan24

Posts: 311; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

exactly! who in their right mind will pick this over those devices? overpriced junk

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 375; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

The A series shud be priced competitively to fend off the Chinese OEMs. Processor could be a tad more powerful and hopefully camera is good even without ois (does it have wud). I want to replace my a5 2016 with this or the A8+ (is that coming to Europe) not until late in the year, thank god for ebay

12. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

500 € this garbage whith lag and 7.0 lol In Europe for 500€ have a god xzp

15. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

The more people pay the more they expensive they will sell !

20. mootu

Posts: 1525; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

S8 can be bought for less than this in the UK. Also OnePlus 5T, Honor V10, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, HTC U11 can all be bought for less than £500. Looks like Samsung are starting to believe thier own hype.

21. DolmioMan

Posts: 332; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Well the smartphone paradigm has shifted, this is more like a high end phone with the S8/Note 8 being the “ultra premium”

25. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 375; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Hopefully the subsidised plans wont be too pricey

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