SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission.

Notifications
    News For You

    Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) official with Infinity Display, dual front camera

    Phone
    By 

    Last updated: December 19th, 2017 at 03:13 UTC+01:00

    Samsung has finally unveiled its new Galaxy A series. The handsets that were previously referred to as the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 (2018) have been officially launched as the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018). As expected, the new premium mid-range smartphones from Samsung feature a large Infinity Display and dual front camera.

    Samsung's Infinity Display finally trickles down to a mid-range handset after being exclusive to Samsung's flagship smartphones this year. These handsets also feature Samsung's first dual front camera with Live Focus.

    Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ offer many flagship-like features

    Since the handsets have a large Infinity Display, they don't have a physical home button. The fingerprint sensor has been re-positioned at the back, below the camera module for easier access compared to the company's 2017 flagship phones. The display is supported with ergonomic curved glass on the back and front. The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ retain the metal and glass build for that premium look and feel.

    Measuring in at 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm and weighing 172g, the Galaxy A8 features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. Measuring 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm at 191g, the Galaxy A8+ has a 6-inch Full HD+ display. The Infinity Display on both handsets has an immersive 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a 1080×2220 pixel resolution.

    The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ are the first devices in the A series to support the Gear VR headset. Both handsets also feature a 16-megapixel primary front camera with f/1.9 aperture paired with an 8-megapixel secondary f/1.9 camera. There's a 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera on the back, with video digital image stabilization (vDis) and a Hyperlapse mode for time-lapse videos.

    The dual front camera is going to be one of the biggest selling points of these devices, just like the 16 MP selfie camera was on the 2017 iterations. It's made up of two separate cameras, so users can switch between taking regular photos or close-ups with background blur, aka bokeh. The Live Focus feature will let them adjust the blur effect before and after they take a picture.

    The Galaxy A8 will be available with 4GB RAM and 32/64GB of storage with a 3,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A8+ offers 4/6GB RAM and 32/64GB storage options with a 3,500mAh battery (the 6GB RAM variant is likely to be exclusive to China and a few other Asian markets). There's a microSD card slot for external memory expansion. The handsets offer IP68 dust and water resistance, just like last year's A series phones.

    Both devices have a USB Type-C port and feature fast charging. They're powered by Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will eventually receive the Oreo update (and probably Android P as well). There's LTE Cat.11, NFC and MST for Samsung Pay support, and other connectivity options like Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

    The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ will be offered in four colors: black, orchid grey, gold and blue. They will be available in early January 2018, with pricing and availability to vary by market.

    Phone Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018)
    Galaxy AI summarized

    Scroll for more related content
    News For You

    You might also like

    Samsung’s four-year-old mid-range phone is getting a new security update

    Samsung’s four-year-old mid-range phone is getting a new security update

    The Galaxy A8 (2018), which was launched four years ago, has received a new software update. Samsung has released a new security patch to the mid-range smartphone in a few markets. The latest software update for the Galaxy A8 (2018) has firmware version A530FXXULCVB1, and it is rolling out in Colombia. More Latin American markets […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 2 years ago
    Galaxy A8+ (2018) picks up the September 2021 security update

    Galaxy A8+ (2018) picks up the September 2021 security update

    The Galaxy A8+ (2018) has started getting a new software update. The three-year-old mid-range smartphone was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board, and it has received two major Android OS updates. Now, the device is getting the September 2021 security patch from Samsung. Galaxy A8+ (2018) units in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan have started […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 years ago
    Amazingly, Galaxy A8 (2018) gets third montly security update in a row

    Amazingly, Galaxy A8 (2018) gets third montly security update in a row

    Samsung surprised us last month when it released the September 2021 security patch for the Galaxy A8 (2018) just weeks after the August update went live, but lo and behold, the monthly hot streak continues. Samsung is now rolling out the October 2021 security patch for the Galaxy A8 (2018), which means that the smartphone […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 3 years ago
    Forget biannual updates. Galaxy A8 (2018) keeps getting monthly patches

    Forget biannual updates. Galaxy A8 (2018) keeps getting monthly patches

    After going live for a couple of Galaxy flagships and FE/Lite phones, the September 2021 security patch is now widening its reach to include the upper mid-range segment, or more specifically, the Galaxy A8 (2018). This is quite an unexpected release, considering that the enterprise Galaxy A8 (2018) is technically supposed to follow a quarterly […]

    • By Mihai Matei
    • 3 years ago
    Surprised? August 2021 security update lands on the Galaxy A8 (2018)

    Surprised? August 2021 security update lands on the Galaxy A8 (2018)

    The Galaxy A8 (2018) is now in the process of receiving the August 1st, 2021 security update. The latest firmware release from Samsung only started rolling out earlier this week, and it still has ways to go as far as momentum is concerned. Well, unless you happen to be an owner of this three-year-old mid-ranger […]

    • By Dominik Bosnjak
    • 3 years ago
    Galaxy A8 (2018) is the latest Samsung phone to get June 2021 security update

    Galaxy A8 (2018) is the latest Samsung phone to get June 2021 security update

    Samsung became the first Android OEM in the world to release the June 2021 security update. The rollout started last week with the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and the update then reached the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy A50. Now, a three-year-old smartphone, the Galaxy A8 (2018), has started getting […]

    • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
    • 3 years ago