Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A8. Two models A8 and A8 + that are the most advanced ever created for the A series. As you know, they are one step below the top of the range, S series, and their goal is to offer the latest technology from Samsung at a more affordable price that they.
Samsung is betting on the Infinity Display with the aspect ratio 18.5: 9 that are setting trends in the high range. It does not have the curves of the S8, but they look fantastic, and the quality is ensured with the Super AMOLED panel and a premium glass and metal chassis with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
They are also somewhat more restrained in size than the top of the range with diagonals of 5.6 and 6 inches and FHD + resolutions, while their engine (process/chipset) is Exynos own company with eight cores.
One of the highlights of the Galaxy A8 is the dual camera sensor for the front camera, remember, is the first time that Samsung is committed to this component for a front camera. It does not include a dual camera sensor in the main camera, which may surprise more than one user, but we bet on good results with a sensor of 16 megapixels f / 1.7 sensors and phase detector, plus the good apps that the firm has to manage photo and video.
They will also be the first in the A series with support for the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality device. For the rest, they support the Samsung Pay payment platform under NFC and MST, and have the latest connectivity options and fast charging system.
Talking about the specs sheet, for the display used a Super AMOLED of 5.6 inches for the A8 – 6 inches for the A8 +
Native resolution: 2220 × 1080 pixels with 18.5: 9 format. As mentioned, Samsung used its own chipset i.e. SoC Exynos with 8 cores (2 x 2.2 GHz, 6 x 1.6 GHz). The Memory configuration is 4 GB for A8 – 6 GB for A8 +, while internal storage is 32 or 64 GB (expandable with microSD).
Surprising is the camera configuration with front with double sensor of 16 + 8 MP, and Rear of 16 MP. Connectivity remains standard with Wi-Fi ac, LTE Cat11, USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC.
Talking about the design, dimensions : 149 x 70 x 8.4 A8 – 159 x 75 x 8.3 for A8 +, while Wwight : 172 grams A8 – 191 grams A8 +. You may not expect the high battery backup as the battery used is 3,000 mAh for A8 – 3,500 for A8 + (with fast charge compatibility).
Availability and price Galaxy A8
Samsung will pre-install Android 7.1.1 operating system at the launch, although its later update to Android 8 (Oreo) is sure. They will be available in January 2018, and we are likely to see them at CES in Las Vegas.
They will be offered in four colour finishes, black, grey, blue and gold. No sale price has been provided and will be key to positioning the best A series ever produced. A step below the S8, but with some of its technologies, superb design and great quality on screen and chassis.