Samsung took the wraps off it’s Galaxy A 2018-series smartphones by launching the Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018) last month. The handsets went on sale in the Korean market yesterday. However, now a new report claims that Samsung is bringing these smartphones to India as soon as January 10. Samsung is yet to confirm the release date of these smartphones for the Indian market and it is yet to send out launch invites.
Samsung has done away with older naming scheme in the Galaxy A (2018) lineup. The Galaxy A8 (2018) is the spiritual successor to the Galaxy A5 (2017) sibling, while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) is the successor to the Galaxy A7 (2017). We don’t know if it will launch a successor to the Galaxy A9 and the Galaxy A9 Pro this year. Let’s now have a look at the detailed specifications of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018).
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018): Features, specifications
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) sports a 5.6-inch Infinity Display with Super AMOLED panel, Full HD+ resolution (1080×2220 pixels), bezel-less design, 18:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The Galaxy A8+ (2018) features a larger 6-inch screen, but everything else remains similar to the screen of the Galaxy A8 (2018). The phones are powered by the company’s own 14nm octa-core Exynos 7885 processor. The Galaxy A8 (2018) has 4GB of RAM, while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) has 6 GB of RAM. The devices comes in two storage variants: 32GB and 64GB. They also support storage expansion through a microSD card slot.
In terms of imaging, the devices feature a 16MP rear-facing camera with phase-detection autofocus, f/1.7 aperture, and 1080p video recording. The front-facing camera setup on the Galaxy A8 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018) uses two sensors, 16-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor, both with f/1.9 aperture, fixed-focal lengths, and 1080p video recording. Combined, the two cameras on the front allow adjusting bokeh effect before as well as after clicking a picture. Both smartphones run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, and will most probably receive Android 8.0 Oreo updates.
They also come with rear-facing fingerprint readers and have support for Samsung Pay through MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) chip. They feature GPS, dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone port. The Galaxy A8 (2018) comes packed with a 3000mAh battery, while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) uses a slightly larger, 3500mAh battery. Both these handsets offer the support for Adaptive Fast Charge and wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018): Availability, pricing
In the international market, the Galaxy A8 (2018) is priced at an equivalent of Rs. 37,700, while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) is priced at an equivalent of Rs. 45,300. We would come to know the exact pricing and availability details of the smartphones for the Indian market on January 10 in India. The Galaxy A8+ (2018) will be exclusively sold through Amazon.in as the e-commerce portal has listed the phone already. There’s no information about the Galaxy A8 (2018) being exclusive to a website, but it could be exclusive to Flipkart going by Samsung’s close partnership with the e-commerce portal.