Samsung Unveils The Galaxy A8 and A8+

There is a new addition to the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy A8 and A8+. The two smartphones bring major improvements over the previous edition released back in 2016. Junho Park, Samsung’s Global Mobile Vice President, said that with the release of the two smartphones, they’re bringing customers the favorite features from their flagship smartphones. These features include the Infinity Display, which is on devices like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.

The first noticeable change from the 2016 version is the Infinity Display. The device is nearly all screen on the front now. The Galaxy A8 (2016) has a lot less screen and a button right under the display. Another big feature that can be found on the Galaxy A8 (2018) is the front dual cameras. Rumors say Samsung’s flagships for 2018 will have dual rear cameras but the new Galaxy A8 instead has dual front facing cameras, allowing users to much better selfies.

This year’s edition has moved the fingerprint sensor to the back. The fingerprint sensor is under the camera this time and not on the sides like the Galaxy S8 and Note 8. This makes us wonder if that will be the place of the fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9. Many users weren’t happy with the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the S8 and Note 8 and it’s been rumored in recent weeks that it will be changed. Some reports have ruled out an under the screen fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S9.

Here are the specs for the Galaxy A8 and A8+:

  • 5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED 1080×2220 display. 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED 1080×2220 display on the Galaxy A8+.
  • Front dual cameras of 16MP and 8MP.
  • 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage for the Galaxy A8. The Galaxy A8+ offers 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage.
  • 3,000mAh battery for the Galaxy A8. 3,500mAh battery for the Galaxy A8+.
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Four color options: Orchid Grey, Black, Blue and Gold.

The big difference between the Galaxy A and the S and Note series is that the Galaxy A smartphones are much more affordable. Samsung did not confirm any prices but they are expected to be less than their flagships. The two smartphones will be available early January.

What do you think about Samsung’s newest smartphone? What do you think about the new placement of the fingerprint sensor? Let us know in the comments.