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In an exclusive event held earlier today, Samsung officially launched its newest premium smartphones, sporting a new design, 18:5:9 displays combined with improved optics, and a powerful octa-core processor – The Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018).

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Both devices feature Samsung’s signature Infinity display with Full HD+ resolution and an 18:5:9 aspect ratio, the A8 at 5.6-inches, and the A8+ at a slightly larger 6-inches. Both are also powered by an octa-core Exynos 7885 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, along with 4GB of RAM for the A8, and 6GB of RAM for the A8+.

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Being selfie-focused, both the A8 and A8+ are equipped with dual front cameras capable of Live Focus and Wide Selfies. At the rear is 16MP camera with PDAF.  Other features include Ultra High Quality Audio Playback Support (UHQ), Facial Recognition, Bixby, Samsung’s digital personal assistant, and wired fast charging.

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The new devices are IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, and run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The A8 packs a 3,000mAh battery, while the A8+ has a slightly larger 3,500mAh unit.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Specs:

  • 5.6-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras, f/1.9, Live Focus, Wide Selfie
  • 16MP rear camera, f/1.7, PDAF
  • 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 octa-core processor
  • 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • 3,000mAh battery with fast charging (wired)
  • Colors: Gold and Black

Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) Specs:

  • 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display
  • 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras, f/1.9, Live Focus, Wide Selfie
  • 16MP rear camera, f/1.7, PDAF
  • 2.2GHz Exynos 7885 octa-core processor
  • 6GB of RAM,  64GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB)
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • IP68 certification for water and dust resistance
  • 3,500mAh battery with fast charging (wired)
  • Colors: Gold and Black

The Samsung Galaxy A8  and A8+ (2018) will retail for PhP26,990 and PhP32,990 respectively, and will be available in stores starting January 27, 2018.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.