A spectacular phone with dual lens camera on the front! It was announced in December 2017. And, will be released soon in January 2018.
6.0″ FHD+ Super AMOLED display
IP68 water and dust resistance rating
16 MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture
16 MP + 8 MP front-facing cameras with f/1.9 aperture
First Impression Is SUPER AMOLED
The new Galaxy A8 comes with a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED screen on the front, with 18.5:9 aspect ratio as its larger brethren. And, a 1,080 x 2,220-pixel resolution.
The Galaxy A8 Plus has a 6-inch screen. Look closely at the images of the phone and you can see small bezels above and below it, along with very minimal bezels at the side.
It is not going to be too large or bezel-free as the S8 or Note 8. But, will be close enough, as Samsung still uses the “Infinity Display” name to describe it.
The Camera Talks!
Above the screen, you will see two camera lenses for the ultimate selfie experience. The dual-lens camera comes with two sensors — 16 megapixels and 8 megapixels. They also have a f/1.9 aperture — and Samsung’s Live Focus feature. It is an all-time favorite from the Galaxy Note 8. But, did you know, there it was a part of the rear camera?
This feature adds the blurry backdrop effect to your selfies, whereas the two lenses can angle close-ups or extensive portrait snaps. The selfie cam is going to give you a beauty mode, filters, and stickers to click more photos.
Rear Camera At A Glance
The rear camera has a single 16-megapixel lens and a low f/1.7 aperture for unlimited lowlight photos. If the Galaxy A8 already sounds good, then you’re going to like it even more as we continue.
The body of this phone has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating. However, for your peace of mind, it’s the first A-Series Samsung phone that’s compatible with the Gear VR virtual reality headset.
Previously, you had S-Series or Note phone to relish Samsung’s VR experience. An octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM powers the A8. Plus, there is 32GB of memory, a fingerprint sensor, a MicroSD card slot, and NFC for Samsung Pay.
Fast Charging Is Here
The Galaxy A8 Plus has a 3,500mAh battery associated to the 3,000mAh cell within the A8, and both come with fast charging. Despite being launched next year, both phones have Android 7.1 Nougat installed. And, yes, there is no Android 8.0 Oreo. Maybe in future updates, it may get called-in.
What Else Can You Expect?
Samsung has publicized the Galaxy A8 models for exposure in January 2018, with countries still to be verified. You will get this phone in a choice of gold, blue, black, or gray color.
We think that only the Galaxy A8 will go on sale in U.K. However, that may happen around April of 2018, and it hasn’t been given a price too. We don’t expect it to be cheap, but it will be less than the S8, and with a specification and feature list like this, it’s shaping up to be a very desirable phone.
The new Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) are quite identical to Samsung’s 2017 devices, fitting a smooth glass back with a metallic frame and the 18.5:9 display form aspect.
Other Important Facts You Can’t-Miss!
The Galaxy A8 features a 5.6-inch Full HD+ (“+” denoting it’s an 18.5:9 panel). While, here, the A8 Plus goes up to 6 inches, but keeps the same resolution.
The two phones share most of the key specs, including the cameras (16 MP PDAF f 1.7 on the back), an octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32/64GB of storage.
The smaller A8 features a 3,000 mAh battery. The A8 Plus gets an excellent 3,500 mAh – that’s the same as the much pricier Galaxy S8 Plus.
Both phones feature fingerprint sensors (placed below the rear camera), USB Type-C, Samsung Pay (with MST, so you can use them on older points of sale), and IP68 water.
In detail With Front-Facing Dual Cameras
The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus are the first Samsung phones with dual front cameras. These mid-rangers exhausted the flagships to the stroke, however dual front cameras have been a feature on mid-range mobiles from other makers.
The cameras feature f 1.9 lenses – basically, the lower the number the better – so they should give your selfie nice background blurs.
One of the cameras is 16MP and the other one 8MP. Samsung says you can switch between them to get the type of shot you like, which makes it sound like they have different widths of angle. Portrait genres are all the frenzy, and the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus are soaring on the fashion.
You can take selfies and adjust the amount of blur in the background, before and after taking the image – this feature is called Live Focus and we’ve seen it before on the rear dual camera of the Galaxy Note 8. You also get stickers and a beauty mode to spice up your self-portraits.
Samsung has yet to reveal the retail price of the new Galaxy A8, so coming up with a list of competition…is a little tricky. Nonetheless, we can compare it to other mid-range offerings, and one that particularly stands out is the RM1, 899 Moto X4.
Much like the Galaxy A8, the Moto X4 is also IP68-rated; it looks pretty sleek too with its glass and metal construction. On the other hand, the A8’s minute bezels and Infinity Display certainly give it a more attractive design in contrast to the X4’s more conservative 16:9 display.
In Terms Of Sheer Performance?
The Galaxy A8 looks to be the better performer on paper – the Exynos 7885 has two faster Cortex-A73 on top of the six energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores. In comparison, the X4’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset is only equipped with eight Cortex-A53 cores.
Then again, the Moto X4 does come with double the storage space at 64GB; the Galaxy A8 unit we have for review only has 32GB of storage. Nonetheless if taking selfie appeals to you, then the Galaxy A8 is definitely the more fitting choice.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) will come equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 7885 processor. Precise details of the set itself are yet to be revealed, but we know it is Bluetooth 5.0 compatible. We also know there’s 4GB RAM on board, as well as 32 or even 64GB internal storage. The latter can be expanded, as we’ve come to expect of every Galaxy device since the S6.
Names may change, but Samsung’s software policy does not. The Galaxy A8 (2018) will be launched with the Samsung Experience 8.5 UX on top.
Looking at the update track record of comparable models, we expect the new A8 to receive monthly security updates for at least two years, plus two big updates for the Android operating system.
The first of these will be the update to Android Oreo, later in 2018.
Samsung Galaxy A8: An Early Verdict
Samsung appears to have produced an excellent mid-range handset that has every chance of success against the OnePlus 5T.
Its similarly priced mid-range competition is fierce, however. Coming up against the Nokia 8, OnePlus 5T, Moto G5S and even Samsung’s other handsets in the A-series lineup, the A8 certainly isn’t without its rivals.
The new Galaxy A8 holds an honest first hint of what Samsung has scheduled for 2018, and we assume we’ll be looking at a long list of exceptional mobiles from the Korean firm in 2018.