Samsung’s Galaxy A8 and A8+ are official with 18:9 display, IP68 rating, and dual front cameras

Ahead of CES 2018, Samsung has broken cover and formally announced its Galaxy A8 and A8+ mid-range smartphones that boast 18:9 displays, dual front cameras, and IP68 water and dust resistance. Join us after the break for more details. 

Design-wise, both the Galaxy A8 and A8+ feature metal frames with glass rear panels and rounded corners. In what I hope is a precursor to the Galaxy S9 launching next year, the fingerprint reader on the Galaxy A8 and A8+ has been moved to a more logical place below the rear camera, unlike the maddeningly stupid location of the scanner seen on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 this year.

Both models share much the same hardware specs albeit with different sized displays. As you might think, the regular Galaxy A8 is the smaller of the two handsets with a 5.6-inch display while the larger Galaxy A8+ packs in a 6-inch panel. Both are Super AMOLED displays with 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1080 x 2220 FHD+ resolution.

Under the hood, you will find Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 Octa-core processor providing the grunt, with the regular Galaxy A8 carrying 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of built-in storage. Depending which variant you get, the Galaxy A8+ will have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM with the same 32GB/64GB of internal storage.

Both handsets sport a single 16MP f/1.7 rear camera, with a dual camera setup of a 16MP f/1.9 sensor and an 8MP f/1.9 sensor on the front of the phone to take those selfies that everyone loves taking. The front cameras also feature the Live Focus feature that debuted with the Galaxy Note 8 that allows you to adjust the bokeh effect either before or after you take a shot.

Despite Google having made Android 8.1 Oreo official a week or so ago, the Galaxy A8 and A8+ will launch running Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Bad Samsung. Both phones are compatible with Samsung Pay which isn’t really a surprise but it is nice to see it confirmed.

Both phones will be available in Black, Orchid Grey, Blue, and Gold. Samsung says the Galaxy A8 and A8+ will launch in early 2018 with prices to be announced closer to the time.

What do you think of Samsung’s new mid-range phones?

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • brutusf

    Great phones! Really, I’m drooling over them. But, no mention if they include wireless charging, I have to assume they will NOT include that amazing feature. If they had that feature, I would buy them as soon as they came out. I absolutely refuse to buy another curved edge Samsung phone. We have shattered 4 of them in my household. I got the first one fixed by Samsung for $270, but I refuse to fix them ever again. I asked at a local repair shop the other day and they quoted $350. They sell for either new or almost new for that price. Very disappointed with the curved edge displays. And, I’m on Verizon, so I can’t get the S8 active. I may actually switch to T-Mobile to get the S8 active, but very nervous about T-Mobile coverage, or lack thereof…

    • Peter Holden

      Fast Wireless charging would be nice thing to see on the Galaxy A8/A8+, but there’s no mention of it in the press release sadly, and you would think it would be worth squawking about if it was included.
      Regarding the S8 Active, it’s also available from AT&T? Something to think about. Don’t forget Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro will also be available from AT&T & Verizon in 2018, it’s a great phone with a very good camera.