Samsung’s two new handsets — A8 and A8 Plus — has gone live. The two smartphones from the Korean giant is a significant upgrade to last year’s Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). The launch has now brought the infinity display on Samsung’s mid-range lineup, while both possess something unique than the company’s S and Note series.
The front shines Samsung’s first ever dual selfie cameras. There’s a combination of 16MP + 8MP front sensor which cohesively works to switch seamlessly to produce the effect you require. Likewise, the Live Focus features produce an image with blurred background and bokeh effects.
As for the back, the handset comprises of the 16MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture; helpful for the low-lighting condition, whereas the digital stabilization makes thing less shaky.
That’s not the only thing the phone has to offer. Both phones come with an infinity display borrowed from Samsung’s S and Note series. The edgeless displays have 18.5:9 screen ratio and a curved glass. However, the A8 Plus stands tall with its 6-inch Super AMOLED display, whilst the A8 comes with a smaller 5.6-inch screen. Nonetheless, both model comes with a 1080p resolution. The good thing is that this time Samsung has compensated its users by shifting its fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera, unlike the S and Note series’ side mounted one.
Either of the phones has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, though, there’s a slight difference in the battery compartment. The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus come with 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh battery respectively.
Regardless of the display and battery, both phones come with the similar processor; the Exynos 7885 octa-core chipset accompanied by Mali-G71 GPU.
The downside here is that the phone will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat, despite its launch date being a month later. The Plus model comes with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage, while the A8 comes with 4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. There’s no word on pricing, at least for now.