Samsung Galaxy A8 2018: pricing, specs and availability

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Samsung's first smartphone for 2018 combines an infinity display with dual front-mounted cameras for the selfie-obsessed crowd.

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 at a glance

When does the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 come out? There is no announced Australian release date just yet, but it is expected April 2018 in other markets.
What’s new about the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018? Features include an infinity display, dual selfie cameras and water resistance.
How much does the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 cost? The expected mid-range pricing is between $600 and $800.

What is the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018?

Samsung makes headlines for its Galaxy S phones (such as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9) and Galaxy Note phones (like the already available Galaxy Note 8), but these phones are not the only phones Samsung puts its Galaxy brand on.

For some years now, Samsung has produced Galaxy A series handsets with a focus on mid-range performance and pricing, typically with many of the features of the previous year's Galaxy S phones as a reference.

As such, the 2018 iteration of the Samsung Galaxy A8 is in many ways a slightly refined version of the generally excellent Samsung Galaxy S8. There's also a larger version, the Samsung Galaxy A8+, which likewise could be seen as the equivalent of the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

That's most evident in the use of Samsung's full-screen "infinity display", which on the Samsung Galaxy A8 is a 5.6-inch display, while the Galaxy A8+ has a 6-inch display. While both feature the same 18:9 aspect ratio as their full-figure Galaxy S predecessors, they only have 1080p displays, which is in keeping with their mid-range aesthetic.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 a powerful phone?

The Galaxy A8 2018 should be a moderately powerful device. It features an octa-core chip with two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and six cores clocked at 1.6GHz. Bearing in mind that this is a 2018 phone, it's not likely that it will outshine the Galaxy S9, but it should be a solid competitor in the mid-range space. Samsung will equip the Galaxy A8 2018 with 4GB of RAM, while the Galaxy A8+ will ship in both 4GB and 6GB RAM configurations.

One unusual factor for a handset launching in early 2018 is that Samsung has indicated that it will ship with Android 7.1.1 rather than the newer Android 8.0.

Still, Samsung clearly has confidence in the Galaxy A8 2018's overall performance, given that it's the first of the Galaxy A series phones to come with Gear VR compatibility.

How do I charge the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018?

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 will use the USB C standard. USB C is fast becoming the norm for newer handsets, and we'd expect to see relatively few new smartphones in 2018 using the older micro USB standard.

In power terms, the Samsung Galaxy A8 will have a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy A8+ will run with a 3,500mAh battery.

Will the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 have a good camera?

While the Galaxy A8 2018 more or less mimics the Galaxy S8/S8+ in features, the one area where Samsung has done some significant tweaking is in the camera department. At the rear, there's a 16MP single sensor, but at the front, Samsung pairs a 16-megapixel fixed-focus f/1.9 camera sensor and an 8-megapixel f/1.9 sensor.

It's not the first phone to feature dual front sensors, with Huawei's Nova2i already running with that feature, but unlike the budget Huawei handset, the Galaxy A8/A8+ will allow you to selectively pick the focus with the "Live Focus" feature brought across from the Galaxy Note 8. The end result should be selfies that are as sharp (or soft) as you want them.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 water resistant?

The previous generation of Galaxy A phones added water resistance for the first time, and it's a feature that has carried through to the class of 2018, with IP68 water resistance on board.

Don't go nuts with the scuba diving though because nobody's built a phone to that standard just yet, but for everyday splashes or dunks, it should be fine.

When will the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 be available?

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 will be available in the UK around April 2018, but Samsung Australia has yet to commit to a timeframe for local availability.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 cost?

Samsung hasn't announced pricing for any market just yet for the Samsung Galaxy A8, but based on previous trends and where Samsung tends to position the A series phones, we'd expect the cost to be in the $600-$800 price point outright.


Specifications

Product Name
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
Display
5.6in
Resolution
1080 x 1920 pixels
ppi
394ppi
Software
Android 7.1.1
Storage
32/64GB plus microSD
RAM
4GB
Battery
3000mAh
Front camera
16MP/8MP
Rear camera
16MP
Processor
Octa Core
Size
149.2x70.6x8.4mm
Weight
172g

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