After weeks of leaks and rumours, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018) are officially announced. The infinity display of Samsung has moved beyond the S series flagships and are adopted by these A series smartphones. The Galaxy A8 (2018) will be the successor to the Galaxy A5 (2017) while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) will be replacing the Galaxy A7 (2017).
As for the specs the A8 sports a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of full-HD+ (2220 x 1080 pixels) while the A8+ features a 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with the same aspect ratio and resolution like the A8. The display panels are edge-to-edge, bezel-less and have curved glass protection on top, resembling the S8 series. Both the smartphones use virtual on-screen buttons and contain a fingerprint sensor on the rear, below the camera module.
Under the hood, both the smartphones carry an unknown Octa-core processor with two cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and six cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The A8 come in two variants: 4 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage while the A8+ will also be available in two variants: 4 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 6 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage. All variants will carry memory expandable options upto 4 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage.
On the optics department, Samsung has put dual camera setup on the front to capture the selfie market. The dual camera setup consists of a 16 MP fixed focus, f/1.9 camera sensor and an 8 MP f/1.9 sensor. These sensors allow users to blur the background creating a bokeh effect enhancing the selfies. Additionally, there is a pre-installed Live Focus feature that allows manipulating the Bokeh effect after capturing. On the front, the smartphones offer a 16 MP camera sensor with a f/1.7 lens. The rear camera comes with video digital image stabilisation (VDis) along with features like hyperlapse and a Food mode.
Both the A8 and the A8+ runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat but will get an Android Oreo update later. Also, they come with IP68-certified dust and water-resistance and support Samsung Pay. The smartphones feature all-glass and metal design and come in four colour options: Black, Blue, Gold, and Orchid Grey. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. The Galaxy A8 is backed by a 3000 mAh battery, while the Galaxy A8+ contains a bigger 3500 mAh battery.
As for the pricing, Samsung is yet to formally announce a price for the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ 2018. However, we can be sure that it will be priced less than the S-series. As per rumours, A8 will be priced at 499 Euros (roughly Rs 37,755), while the A8+ will come with a price tag of 599 Euros (roughly Rs 45,323). The pricing and the global (including India) release details are expected to be announced at CES 2018 next month.