The 2018 edition of Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphones is out. But among the bunch that we are expecting, two went official yesterday. The two new phones are Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+, with all of the bells and whistles from the S-series.
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Seriously, Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ are basically cheaper versions of the Galaxy S8 and the S8+. They even share the same RAM configuration and battery capacity. Although the A8 is actually a replacement for the Galaxy A5 2017 and the A8+ for the Galaxy A7 2017, at least that’s what makes sense.
The A8 features a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, which might seem big for an A5 replacement, but consider the infinity display. Because of its bezel-less design, these two devices have almost the same footprint despite having a difference in the screen size. The 5.6-inch screen sports a 1080 x 2220 pixel 18.5:9 aspect ratio infinity display and an unspecified Gorilla Glass protection.
The A8+, on the other hand, shares almost the same footprint as the Galaxy A7 2017. But this time, it comes with a 6-inch 1080 x 2220 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio Super AMOLED display. The protection is again an unspecified Gorilla Glass variant.
The RAM on both the devices is increased to 4GB (32GB or 64GB storage) on the A8 and 6GB (64GB/6GB or 32GB/4GB) on the A8+ variant. The battery capacity on The Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ is 3000mAh and 3500mAh respectively. The big disappointment here is the choice of Android Nougat out of the box, and the choice of single back camera setups.
Although the choice of a single back camera makes up room for two cameras at the front, for some reason. Both the smartphones feature a dual camera setup with 16 MP + 8 MP, f/1.9 sensors at the front. On the back is a single 16MP camera with f/1.7 aperture sensors which sadly caps out at 1080p video recording.
Both of them are water resistant as one would expect with USB C and the best Wi-Fi and Bluetooth variants available on the market. Both still have a 3.5mm headphone jack, fast charging and are only available in Black (for now).
The fingerprint sensor also found a new placement at the back below the camera sensors as most leaks suggested. Along with the forced touch on screen home buttons like on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.
Finally, we don’t know the exact SoC variants, but they are Octa-Core 2.2Ghz A53 processors. We also know that they are manufactured on the new power-efficient 10nm process.
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The A8 starts at €499 and the A8+ starts at €599 with availability not yet announced. Although we are very certain at least one of these phones will be available in Nepal pretty soon. Lets us known in the comments sections below what you think of them.