Samsung today introduced the new members of its Galaxy A family. These are the Samsung Galaxy A8 + (2018) and Galaxy A8. The first replaces the Galaxy A5 (2017), while the second succeeds the Galaxy A7 (2017).
We have already published a complete presentation of the smallest. The latter is revealed to be a lighter version and a little smaller Galaxy S8 +.
Indeed, Samsung has chosen not to sell the Galaxy A7 (2016) and A7 (2017) on our territory, so as not to hinder sales of Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S8 +. A logical decision, but frustrating that could be renewed this year with the Galaxy A8 + (2018) and the Galaxy S9 +, successor of the Galaxy S8 + which is largely inspired by the Galaxy A8 + (2018). Inspiration in design, borderless, and in the Infinity Display.
It is the presence of this Infinity Display that is behind the name change of the smartphone: thanks to this 18.5 / 9th widescreen 6-inch panel, the Galaxy A8 + is larger than the Galaxy A7 and A8 (all generations). Its slab of 6 inches equalizes even in size that of the Galaxy A9 (2016). We are obviously wondering why Samsung did not want to apply its nomenclature to the Galaxy A8 + by calling it Galaxy A9 (2018). Maybe because a real Galaxy A9 (2018) is in the pipes? Maybe to bring the A’s closer to the S?
Let’s go to the technical sheet. The Samsung Galaxy A8 + (2018) could be considered a Galaxy S8 + with three differences.
The first is the size of the screen, a little smaller. The second is the shape of the screen, flat (and not curved). And the third is the platform much less powerful, but nevertheless not uninteresting. The shell is a little less worked, but it retains the strengths of the Galaxy A7 (2017): aluminum on the slices, mineral glass on the faces and waterproof design (IP 68 certification). The screen is still Super AMOLED. It measures here 6 inches. Its definition is Full HD + (1080 x 2220 pixels) for a resolution of 411 pixels per inch.
The Octo-core is accompanied here with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 32 to 64 GB of storage, depending on the version. The presence of an option to 6 GB of RAM lets us hope that the Galaxy S9 + (or even the Galaxy S9 classic) will be provided. The modem is identical to that of the S8 (2018): LTE category 11, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi ac dual band, GPS, NFC, FM radio. The fingerprint reader is placed on the back, as should be the Galaxy S9 +. The 3.5 mm jack is present, as well as a USB type C. The battery has a capacity of 3500mAh, a little behind the Galaxy A7 (2017). It is compatible fast loading.
The Samsung Galaxy A8 + (2018) will initially run Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will logically be updated next spring on Android 8.0. It is 8.3 mm thick (a little more than its predecessor). It weighs 191 grams (15 grams better). And it comes in four colors, the same as those of the Galaxy A8 (2018): black, gold, gray orchid and blue. Its launch is scheduled for January.