Samsung’s A-series smartphones have been one of the best premium smartphones in their lineup. It was in 2015 when Samsung came up with the Galaxy A8, A7, etc.
Fast forward, after launching the Galaxy A8 in 2015, the company also released an upgraded model in 2016. However, they skipped the A8 2017 model, and now Samsung has Samsung finally has launched the Galaxy A8 2017, along with it, the company has also launched the A8 Plus 2018.
The device has already been launched in the USA and other countries and will also be hitting the Indian market via Amazon on January 20. Both the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus 2018 are identical but the A8 Plus 2018 packs more RAM, ROM, and bigger battery.
So, if you are someone who is interested in buying the Galaxy A8 Plus 2018, then please do keep reading as we have mentioned the top things to know about the Galaxy A8 Plus.
So, here are top things to know about the Galaxy A8 Plus 2018:
#1. Build & Design
The Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus will remind of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 series, as both the devices have the same looks and design.
The infinity display makes up in the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus as well. Thanks to the infinity display, now both the devices get 18:9 display ratio.
Even though both the devices get the design cues from the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus but aren’t slim as the flagship devices, however, you don’t get the curved the display which is present in the Galaxy S8 series.
As per as build quality is concerned, the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus come with a mixture of metal and glass. The back and front are made of up of glass which also makes the device a fingerprint magnet.
Unlike its predecessors, both the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus now features a full HD+ resolution. And of course, you have the Super AMOLED display which makes watching videos and playing games more fun especially on the larger Galaxy A8+ thanks to its massive 6-inch display.
Both the devices come with Corning Gorilla Glass protection though whether it’s Corning Gorilla Glass 4 or 5 is still unknown.
The A8 Plus 2018 is a beast when it comes to gaming performance and multitasking. The device gets powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 octa-core processor bundled with 6 GB of RAM and Mali-G71 GPU, which gives you a fluid multitasking experience. Now as far as gaming is concerned no matter what type of games you play the Galaxy A8 Plus isn’t going to disappoint.
Furthermore, you will also not have to deal with any kind of overheating issues.
#4. Still running on Android Nougat
Given the fact that the Galaxy A8 Plus is one of the high-end devices of Samsung, it’s disappointing to see that the device is still running on Android v 7.1.1 (Nougat). With Android Oreo being out, we hope that the device will soon be given the Android Oreo update.
The camera is one of the sections where Samsung has made huge improvements.
At the front, you get a 16 + 8 MP camera having an f/1.9 aperture; one lets you shoot standard selfies while the other lets you shoot wide angle selfies. As a matter of fact, the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus are the first smartphones from Samsung to feature dual front cameras.
One of the key highlights of the front camera is the ‘Live focus’ features which blur the background giving you DSLR like photos.
Coming to the rear, here you get a 16 MP shooter having an f/1.7 aperture, the rear camera gets assisted by a LED flash. As far as quality is concerned, the rear camera produces some high-quality photos in both good and harsh lighting conditions.
You will be disappointed to know that the rear 16 MP camera lets you shoot only full HD videos.
#6. Dedicated micro SD card slot
This is something which was totally unexpected but kudos to Samsung for finally providing separate SIM slots for two dual Nano SIMs and a dedicated micro SD card slot, which means that with the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus you will be able to use two Nano SIMs and a micro SD card at the same time.
This will be helpful for the younger sibling of A8 Plus, i.e. Galaxy A8, which only comes with only 32 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM.
#7. Battery life
The Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 may look slim, but it does come with a big 3500 mAh battery. And thanks to the 3500 mAh battery, you can get a full day of usage. And if you are a moderate user, then you can most certainly get 1-2 days of usage without any issues.
In fact, the Galaxy A8 Plus beats the Note 8, S8 and S8 Plus when it comes to battery life. And if the device runs out of battery, you can always use fast charging to charge the device from 0-100 % within one hour.
#8. Water resistant
One of the USP of the device is that it is IP68 certified which means that both the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus 2018 models are water resistant. Therefore, you will not have any problem using it in the rain. Both the devices also stay underwater for 20-30 minutes.
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#9. Samsung Experience 8.5
Samsung’s new UI present in the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus provides users with multiple handy features like the dual messenger, Bixby AI, multi-window, screen modes, etc.
The Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 is priced at 32,999 whereas, the younger sibling; Galaxy A8 2018 is expected to be pricing between 24-26K and will exclusively be available via Amazon.
|Device name||Samsung Galaxy A8 2018|
|Release Date||January 2018|
|Colors available in||Black, Blue, Grey, Gold|
|Screen Size||6.0 inch|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED|
|Pixel density||~ 441 ppi|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|O.S & Hardware|
|Custom UI||Samsung Experience 8.5|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Octa-core|
|Internal memory||64 GB|
|Expandable memory||up to 256 GB|
|Primary Camera||16 MP|
|Secondary Camera||16 + 8MP|
|Video||1080p recording at @30fps|
|Features||LED flash, panorama,touch-focus, Bixby vision
|USB||Type C v 2.0|
|Audio Jack||Yes,3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|Capacity||3500 mAh (Li-lon)|
|Store & Price|
|Rs 26,990 Click here to buy|
So these were the top things to know about the Galaxy A8 Plus 2018. If you are having any queries regarding this device, then please do let us know by posting them in the comment section below.