Samsung sure knows how to throw a party. To usher in its all-new Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018), Samsung threw a poolside party to remember, along with synchronised swimmers and colourful floats. It was the perfect environment to showcase the new A Series’ dust and water-resistance, as well as dual-front cameras.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) are Samsung’s first devices to feature dual front cameras for bokehlicious selfies. The 16MP + 8MP f/1.9 dual front camera lets you take close-ups, and portrait shots with blurred backgrounds. The devices’ Live Focus feature lets you adjust the level of bokeh before or after you take a selfie.
The rear camera, on the other hand, isn’t shabby either – a 16MP f/1.7 camera with video digital image stabilisation (vDIS). The fast lens is great for low-light conditions and also a great all-rounder whatever the environment. It even comes with Food Mode, to deliver mouth-watering Instagram-ready food pictures.
One outstanding feature is of course, IP68 dust- and water-resistance. This means the A8 and A8+ will withstand sweat, rain, water, sand and dust. This added durability is rarely found in this price segment, reserved for flagship devices.
The Galaxy A8 (2018) boasts a 5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED (1080×2220) display, while its bigger sibling features a 6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED (1080×2220) display.
Both pack an Exynos 7885 octa-core processor underneath, with the A8 bundled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The A8+ on the other hand, packs 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The A8 comes with a 3,000mAh battery while the A8+’s is rated at 3,500mAh. Both support fast charging via USB Type-C.
In terms of connectivity, the A8 series ticks all the necessary boxes including 4G LTE Cat.11, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, NFC and MST (supports Samsung Pay).
The new device series also includes Bixby support out-of-the-box and supports storage expansion via SD card slot.
The A8 (2018) series runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat right off the bat.
Pricing and availability
The Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018) will be available starting 19 January 2018, and retail for MYR1,799 and MYR2,499 respectively. They’re available in Black, Gold and Orchid Gray.
For early birds who purchase between 19-21 January, they stand to bring home a free 10,000mAh battery pack with Type-C and a 64GB Samsung memory card worth MYR417.