Samsung has announced Galaxy Galaxy the A8 and A8 Plus (2018)

Samsung has always been famous for its excellent flagship smartphones, but also love her very popular line of devices “Galaxy A”. Usually mobile phones in this series it was cheaper than the flagship, but they had a great premium design and balanced performance. The range consisted of three smartphones: Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A8.

It has long been rumored that Samsung will change the approach to the middle segment of smartphones and, in particular, to the line “A”. And so it was, the company introduced two new phone — Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and his older brother Galaxy A8 Plus. Now there will be models A5 and A7. Maybe it’s for the best. There are two models flagship smartphone — the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the two devices the average Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus a set of “J”. Now let’s talk about novelties in more detail.

Comparison of the characteristics of

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018)

Screen
5.6 inches Super AMOLED, Full HD+, 2220×1080p, 441 ppi
6 inch Super AMOLED, Full HD+, 2220×1080p, 411 ppi

Processor
7885 Exynos Octa
2.2 GHz + 1.6 GHz
7885 Exynos Octa
2.2 GHz + 1.6 GHz

RAM
4 GB
4/6 GB

ROM
32/64 GB
32/64 GB

MicroSD
up to 256 GB
up to 256 GB

The main camera
16 MP, aperture f/1.7
16 MP, aperture f/1.7

Front camera
16 MP + 8 MP, aperture f/1.9
16 MP + 8 MP, aperture f/1.9

Battery
3000 mAh, support fast charging, the USB Type-C
3500 mAh, support fast charging, the USB Type-C

The dust and moisture protection
IP68
IP68

Network
TBC
LTE Cat. 11
TBC
LTE Cat. 11

Link
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
ANT+
GPS, Glonass, BeiDou
USB Type-C 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
ANT+
GPS, Glonass, BeiDou
USB Type-C 2.0

OS
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Color
Black, Grey, Orchid, Gold and Blue
Black, Grey, Orchid, Gold and Blue

Dimensions/weight
149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm
172 grams
159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
191 grams

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos Octa 7885
  • Display: 5.6-inch, FHD+
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP
  • Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat

The Junior model has a 5.6-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display with a resolution 2220×1080p (Full HD+). It also established the eight-core Samsung Exynos Octa 7885, which was specifically developed for smartphones in the medium price range. This chipset is a bit like a well-known processor of 2015 — Qualcomm Snapdragon 808.

In Exynos 7885 is two computing clusters: high performance and energy efficient. The first includes a pair of cores ARM Cortex A73 with a clock frequency of 2.2 GHz, and four ARM Cortex A53. The smartphone is dust and moisture protection standard IP68. The battery is not the most energy-intensive — 3000 mAh.

In the smartphone set the main camera to 16 megapixels and dual front-facing camera on 16 MP and 8 MP. The company claims that you can switch between the two cameras to select the right viewing angle. Probably, this is the first implementation of dual front-facing camera with an unusual feature.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018)

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos Octa 7885
  • Display: 6.0 inch, FHD+
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP
  • Operating system: Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus (2018) not much different from his younger brother. It’s the same processor, the same 16 MP main and front camera two. The main difference is the screen and battery. In A8 Plus set 6-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD resolution+. Battery is very different, 3500 mAh vs 3000 mAh in the previous version. This has to affect the battery life of the device.

Design of new products

Both smartphones are made of premium materials: glass and metal. Because the trend of this year — bermocoll, both models got a screen “edge to edge” with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Due to this Galaxy and Galaxy A8 A8 Plus is very compact smartphones.

The screen and back of both devices is covered by tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass. It is not known what generation. The fingerprint scanner placed on the rear side, just below the camera. This location is clearly better than the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus and Note 8. Most likely, the new flagship Samsung Galaxy S9 and other future phones will receive exactly the same location of the fingerprint scanner.

The difference with the current generation of line “A”

If you compare the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) c Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018), new products have changed the design which now looks more like a flagship series “S”. Both smartphones, as mentioned above, got a screen “edge to edge”, more RAM and the convenient location of the fingerprint scanner.

One of the important differences in the new mobile phones, compared to the previous generation, was the presence of dual front-facing camera. If we talk about dimensions, the models have the same dimensions. Probably because this is almost not changed capacity of the battery.

Prices and sales start

While the exact date of start of sales there. But most likely it will be early next year. More information about the devices themselves will be available at CES in Las Vegas held from January 9 to 12. Speaking of price, it will be around $400-500, depending on the market. What do you think about the new Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8 Plus (2018)? Do you like the new items?

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