Samsung Announces Galaxy A8 And Galaxy A8+ With Infinity Display
149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm
159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
Glass on the front and back
5.6 inch Super AMOLED
6 inch Super AMOLED
2220 x 1080 px
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified)
2 x 2.2GHz
6 x 1.6GHz
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
16MP f/1.7 aperture
16MP + 8MP f/1.9 aperture
1080P @ 30fps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, 256QAM
After weeks of speculations and leaks, Samsung has announced the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ at an event in South Korea. What the nomenclature doesn’t tell is that these two phones are the follow up to the Galaxy A5 (2107) and Galaxy A7 (2017). There is no word on the pricing and their availability in countries like India. However, more in-depth information about the two phones will be revealed at CES 2018.
The Galaxy A8 and A8+ are the first budget-oriented Samsung phones to feature the infinity display. The Galaxy A8 has a 5.6-inch display while the bigger sibling, the Galaxy A8+ has a 6-inch display. Both the phones have a Super AMOLED display panel with a 2220 x 1080 px resolution which translates to an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, both the devices have an octa-core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) processor while the chipset is still unspecified, it could be the Exynos 7885 SoC as found in the leaked video. The Galaxy A8 has 4GB of RAM with two storage options of either 32GB or 64GB while the Galaxy A8+ has two variants, one with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and the other with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Just like every other smartphone from Samsung, the onboard storage can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. Both the smartphones are IP68 rated for water and dust resistance and support Samsung Pay for contactless mobile payment.
Powering the Galaxy A8 is a 3000 mAh battery while the Galaxy A8+ has a 3500 mAh battery. Both the devices are charged via USB Type-C port.
One thing that might come as a surprise, especially for phones launching in 2018 is the OS. Both the phones will run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with Samsung’s own custom skin on top.
The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ are also the first of Samsung phones to have a dual-camera setup on the front. Both the phones have a 16MP + 8MP camera setup with an f/1.9 aperture. The Live Focus feature lets users chose whether the background should be in focus or blurred to a soft bokeh. The phone will switch between the two front cameras to get the effect the user needs. To the back of the phone is a 16MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture and digital stabilisation.