The Samsung Galaxy A series is no stranger to anyone keeping an eye out for the best value for money device out there. The Galaxy A series, a spin-off the widely successful Galaxy Alpha, caught everyone’s eye last year with the Galaxy A5 (2017) and A7 (2017). This year, Samsung streamlines its midrange line up with the new Galaxy A8 and A8+.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) pack quite the punch when it comes to a midrange device. However, the mainstay of the line up this year is the inclusion of dual front-facing selfie cameras which bring the impressive depth of field photography we saw in the Galaxy Note8. In addition to this, the Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ come with IP68 certified water and dust resistance. Also included is the Infinity display which emblazons their premium flagship lineup.
While the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) have all these features in common, there are minute differences. The biggest one (pun intended) is the larger 6.0-inch FullHD+ SuperAMOLED display on the A8+. The A8, on the other hand, comes with a smaller 5.6-inch display. The larger A8+ also comes with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory while the A8 only comes with half the internal memory (32GB) and 4GB of RAM. The A8+ also comes with a slightly larger 3,500mAh battery compared to the A8’s 3,000mAh.
Other than these differences, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) come with a dual front-facing camera setup consisting of a 16-megapixel, f/1.9 sensor paired with an 8-megapixel, f/1.9 sensor. Samsung claims that the combination of the 2 sensors will allow the camera to perform even under lowlight conditions; this is definitely something we’re interested in trying out. On the back of the A8 and A8+ is a 16-megapixel,f/1.7 sensor with PDAF. The cameras come with video digital image stabilisation (vDIS) which helps stabilise video footage.
Inside the phones, the A8 and A8+ run on the Samsung Exynos 7885 Octa. The processor is made of 2 cores running at 2.2GHz and 6 cores running at 1.6GHz. This is paired with the Mali-G71. As mentioned before, the processor is supported by 4GB of RAM on the A8 and 6GB RAM on the A8+. The internal memory of the Galaxy A8 (32GB) and the A8+ (64GB) can be further expanded with up to an additional 256GB of memory with a microSD card slot.
In terms of other features, the Samsung Galaxy A8 comes with USB-C and Fast Charging. It will be running the South Korean company’s version of Android 7.1.1 and comes with near field communication (NFC) and magnetic secure transmission (MST). This means the devices are supported by Samsung Pay.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is retailing for RM1,799 (USD$456.15) while its larger sibling (A8+ (2018)) retails for RM2,499 (USD$633.64).
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) Product Specifications:
Here’s a complete break down of the officially announced specifications:
|Galaxy A8 (2018)||Galaxy A8+ (2018)|
|Display||5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED,1080×2220||6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED,1080×2220|
|*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners|
|Camera||Front: Dual Camera 16MP FF (F1.9) + 8MP (F1.9), Rear: 16MP PDAF (F1.7)|
|Dimension||149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm, 172g||159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 191g|
|AP||Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa)|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 32GB||6GB RAM, 64GB|
|Fast Charging / USB Type-C|
|Network||LTE Cat. 11|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 256QAM,|
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location
(GPS, Glonass, BeiDou*)* BeiDou coverage may be limited.
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor,|
Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor
|Audio||MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA|
|Video||MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
* Features and functions will vary by market and mobile operator
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
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